McDonald’s And Visa Quietly Edit Widely-Mocked Sample Budget, Add Heat

McDonald’s And Visa Quietly Edit Widely-Mocked Sample Budget, Add Heat

A few years ago, McDonald’s and Visa teamed up to make a personal finance site and workbook for Mickey D’s workers. A nationwide campaign that seeks a living wage for fast-food workers dug up the site, bringing it to the attention of news outlets, and it drew wide mockery online. In the middle of the controversy, they quietly uploaded a new version of the workbook. [More]

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We Have Some Problems With Visa’s Sample Budget For McDonald’s Employees

Someone meant really well. We think. A few years ago, Visa and McDonald’s partnered to launch a personal finance site for McDonald’s employees to help them better manage their money. Unfortunately, whoever wrote these materials had no grasp of what it’s actually like to live on $8 or so per hour. [More]

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McDonald’s Admits: No One’s Really Buying Our Salads

When people accuse McDonald’s of serving food that isn’t nutritionally ideal, they can always point to their salad offerings. See, salads are healthy, and McDonald’s serves salads: therefore, you can eat healthy at McDonald’s, but if consumers choose to eat something else, that’s cool, too. Only the company admitted to investors this weekend that they don’t actually sell a lot of those salads: vegetable-based offerings account for maybe 2-3% of McDonald’s sales in the United States. [More]

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9-Year-Old Girl Tells McDonald’s CEO: Stop Trying To Trick Kids Into Eating Your Food

Oooooh, someone’s in trouuuuble! Chastisements can come in tiny packages, as one nine-year-old girl proved at today’s annual McDonald’s shareholders meeting. She took to the mic with a pretty clear message for Mickey D’s CEO Don Thompson: “It would be nice if you stopped trying to trick kids into wanting to eat your food all the time.” Oh, snap. [More]

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Gospel Singer Suing McDonald’s Because Broken Glass Isn’t Easy On The Throat

If it’s not the hot coffee lawsuit of a lifetime, it’s still a major claim that McDonald’s mucked up pretty fierce: A gospel singer living in Brooklyn alleges in a new lawsuit that McDonald’s is responsible for ruining her voice, after she claims she bit into a piece of glass while eating a chicken sandwich. [More]

Police Have Better Things To Do Than Rescue Adult Men Wedged In McDonald’s High Chairs

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Take a look at yourself. Are you older than five? You’re reading this post, so it’s likely that you are no longer part of the toddler set. As such, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind adults that they are too old, and really, too darn big, to be sitting in high chairs meant for toddlers at McDonald’s. One man in Ireland learned that in the way that turns out to be the most hilarious to the rest of us. [More]

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McDonald’s Drive-Thru Worker Spots Own Stolen Car Pulling Up To Window

A McDonald’s employee may have left her car unlocked outside of her apartment complex overnight–she doesn’t remember. That didn’t mean that she deserved to have it stolen, though. She woke up to discover that her car was missing, then spotted the culprit…in the drive-thru lane at her workplace. [More]

Burger King's new kid on the block.

Burger King: Hey Guys, McDonald’s Isn’t The Only One Who Can Do A Rib-Shaped Sandwich

Thus far in its life, the McRib has had a solitary existence, with nary another rib-shaped piece of meat out there to keep it company. So rejoice, McDonald’s! Your boneless hunk of rib-ish meat will have  new friend soon, when Burger King unveils its summer 2013 menu, including its limited-time BK Rib Sandwich. [More]

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McDonald’s Shows How To Capitalize On Recent Cleveland News In A Totally Tacky Way

When three women who had been missing for 10 years were rescued from a house in Cleveland this week where they’d been kept captive, all eyes turned to the neighbor who first noticed one of the women, Amanda Berry, yelling for help. Charles Ramsey seemed as surprised as the rest of us, noting in the 911 call and to local TV news that he’d been just out on his porch, “eating his McDonald’s” when he saw her. At that, McDonald’s ears perked right up. [More]

Ever had a CEO cook breakfast for you?

Forget The Mc10:35, CEO Says Breakfast All Day May Come To McDonald’s

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson (not to be confused with Ron Johnson) appeared on CNBC last week to talk about the company and be seen making an Egg McMuffin on camera. More importantly, he discussed the possibility that they could expand the breakfast menu to all day long. [More]

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Cops: McDonald’s Customer Traded A Happy Meal For A Happy Ending

Doesn’t matter if you’re handing over cash, a selection of fine cheeses or a bag of french fries — the law will get ya if you’re trading goods for certain ah, services. Police say a New Mexico man set up an illegal trade of the fast food-for-sex variety in Albuquerque recently, wherein he picked up a woman and then ordered her a meal at McDonald’s. [More]

McDonald’s Pulls Ad Since Crippling Depression Isn’t Quite The Same As Loving Big Macs

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While it might seem like your day is ruined if you can’t get a Big Mac, in no way is it the same as suffering from a mental illness. That’s a point McDonald’s apparently missed with a regional ad in the Boston area: It featured a familiar image of a distraught woman with her head in her hands with the copy, “You Are Not Alone.” Below it? “Millions of people love the Big Mac.” [More]

(The Consumerist)

McDonald’s Pinning Its Hopes, Dreams On Chicken & Lettuce In A Wrap

UPDATE: It’s really happening, a Consumerist  reader points out, which means that McDonald’s not wanting to comment on speculation perhaps just meant the company wasn’t quite ready to reveal the big news. [More]

Guest Workers Claim McDonald’s Put Them On Call 24/7, Housed Them In Crappy Coed Dorms

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The young people who came to the United States on J-1 visas paid thousands of dollars for the opportunity to visit America, improve their spoken English, and gain work experience. The McDonald’s franchisee who hired them, though, allegedly had other ideas. The students went on strike this week, claiming that the franchisee didn’t give them enough work, and took exorbitant rent out of their paychecks for their housing, with 6-8 students of both sexes to room on rickety bunk beds. [More]

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Bid Adieu To Chicken Selects As McDonald’s Makes Room On The Menu For Newer Items

If you’re a huge fan of McDonald’s Chicken Selects, you know, for when the four different shapes of McNuggets just won’t do, get your fill now while you can. The chain is cutting a few menu items, ostensibly to make way for newer fare it wants to roll out soon, like perhaps those wings we’ve heard about. [More]

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No, McDonald’s Did Not Buy Burger King Because “The Whopper Flopped”

You can’t believe everything you read on Twitter, even if it’s on the official account of a company like say, Burger King. Proving that anything on the Internet can be futzed with, someone took over Burger King’s Twitter account yesterday and announced that the chain had been sold to McDonald’s because “the Whopper flopped.”  [More]

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McDonald’s Apparently Hitching Its Wagon To A Star Made Of Fish McBites

How do you keep profits from sinking? With buckets of fried fish bites, if you’re McDonald’s and looking for a quick boost to the menu. The company is reportedly angling for its Fish McBites to take on the role of sales star after the McRib performed that task last quarter. [More]

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Either McDonald’s Is Just Messing With Us Or The Company Is Expanding Tests Of “Mighty Wings”

If you’ve ever walked into a McDonald’s and stared at all those chicken McNuggets and McChickens and Chicken McBites and bemoaned the lack of just like, the option to get maybe eight or 16 chicken wings, you’re maybe about to do a happy dance. But the fast food joint is reportedly testing an item called Mighty Wings. Why not just call them McWings? [More]