KFC Australia Puts Tortilla Chips On Sandwich, Popcorn Chicken On Nachos

KFC Australia Puts Tortilla Chips On Sandwich, Popcorn Chicken On Nachos

Over at KFC Australia, they seem to be a little confused about how nachos work. Not that Americans have any special claim to snack food logic, but at least our fast food outlets haven’t done anything completely wacky like throwing popcorn chicken on nachos, or tortilla chips on a sandwich. [More]

Vanilla Shake M&Ms Exist In Australia, Are Boring

Ooh, more exciting international snack food news! Down in Australia, they now have Vanilla Shake flavored M&Ms. Does that sound tempting? Well, it isn’t. People there report that they’re similar to the boring flavor profile of Birthday Cake M&Ms, which just taste like boring old milk chocolate M&Ms. [The Impulsive Buy]

This is a screengrab from actual CCTV footage of the teen attempting to rob a 7-Eleven with a chainsaw and, yes, a flower-pot helmet.

‘Dead Rising’ Comes To Life As Chainsaw-Wielding Man Robs Store While Wearing Flower Pot Helmet

I can’t tell you the hours I’ve spent chainsawing paths through hordes of undead, or bashing them over the head with flower pots, in Dead Rising on my Xbox, but I never imagined that someone would manage to make this over-the-top game a reality by combining the two objects and using them in the robbery of a convenience store. [More]

McDonald’s Figures Out Best Way To Keep Away Pesky Teens: Blast Opera At Them

McDonald’s Figures Out Best Way To Keep Away Pesky Teens: Blast Opera At Them

The image of loitering teens in the parking lot annoying customers has been around for quite some time, probably starting with the greaser tough-guys of the ’50s cat-calling at poodle-skirted girls and dumping milkshakes on awkward George McFly types. And one thing we all know that if there is one thing that teenage toughs will run screaming to avoid, it’s opera. Or at least that’s how one McDonald’s claims to have rid itself of those pesky kids. [More]

Angry Mom Punishes Daughters, Makes Profit, By Auctioning Off Their One Direction Tickets

Angry Mom Punishes Daughters, Makes Profit, By Auctioning Off Their One Direction Tickets

I’m not a parent, but I do remember being a horrible teenager and occasionally being yelled at by my much put-upon mother. Like most parents, there were times when she took items and privileges away from me as punishment, but I don’t think she ever made a hefty profit off me by selling anything — and venting angrily — on eBay. [More]

(Nina Matthews)

Scammer Sells iPhone Boxes With Actual Apples In Them

If you’re going to buy an expensive electronic device from someone you met online or in a gas station parking lot, don’t close the deal until you’ve opened up the boxes and made sure that they really contain an iPhone, and not rocks, pieces of wood, or… fruit. There’s a report out of Australia that a woman bought two iPhones and opened the boxes to find apples instead. [More]

Australian Smokers Think Plain Packaging Makes Tobacco Taste Worse

Australian Smokers Think Plain Packaging Makes Tobacco Taste Worse

Plain tobacco packaging is a global movement aimed at undoing decades of ads and branding messages. Tobacco products get sold in identical plain boxes with only plain letters on the front: no logos, no pictures. Well, that’s not true: there are gruesome pictures of smoking-related illnesses. Plain packaging is now the law in Australia, and smokers don’t like it. Because they say their tobacco tastes different now. [More]

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McDonald’s Apologizes After Employee Asks Customer If Her Breasts Are Real… Twice

Fast food transactions are often mechanical, rarely getting more familiar than discussing the weather, but one McDonald’s employee decided to cross that invisible line, twice asking a female customer if her breasts were real. Making matters worse, his manager didn’t seem to be bothered by his line of questioning. [More]

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Stay At This Supermarket 61 Minutes, Pay $65 To Park

Sure, you could just put up a “no parking sign” if you don’t want anyone to park at your store. But a Woolworths store in suburban Sydney, Australia did want their customers to park there…just not commuters. Their strange-looking but sensible solution was to make parking free for the first hour, but cost $65 ($58.92) for more than an hour and $125 ($113.30) for overnight parking. [More]

Store Combats Showrooming With $5 ‘Just Looking’ Fee

Store Combats Showrooming With $5 ‘Just Looking’ Fee

While some bricks-and-mortar chains are trying to curb showrooming — using a retailer to check out an item in person before buying it online — with price-matching or store-exclusive brands, one business has come up with a possible solution… charging a $5 fee for shopping without buying. [More]

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IKEA Wants You To Make A Baby Today, Offering Free Cribs To Kids Born 9 Months From Now

Today is a day of love, affection, chocolates, roses, cards and a bunch of other romantic whatnot. But for folks in parts of Australia whose Valentine’s Day fun results in offspring, IKEA is offering up free furniture. [More]

(The Consumerist)

McDonald’s Down Under Testing Fancy Options Like Plates, Cutlery & Table Service

The number one complaint I always have with McDonald’s is that I just don’t feel fancy enough. Where’s the white linen, the gleaming silver, the deferential waiter? I’m not alone, as a McDonald’s in Australia has been given the go-ahead by the company to try out a more formal service style for five weeks. That means the option for plates, real cutlery and table service. [More]

(The Consumerist)

A McDonald’s By Any Other Name? Chain Turns Into Macca’s In Australia This Month

You might call it something else — Mickey D’s, Snackdonald’s, whatever — but it’s doubtful that you’ll ever see McDonald’s labeled anything else in its official signage. Unless you’re in Australia for the month of January, where the chain is temporarily changing its name to “Macca’s,” the Aussie’s nickname for the fast food joint. [More]

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500 Couples Actually Competed To Get Married In An IKEA

In the past when we’ve written about oddball retail or fast food weddings, it seemed like the entire planning portion of the nuptials involved asking a manager “Hey, is it cool if we get married here?” But it looks there were quite a number of Australian couples looking to say “I do” surrounded by Grundtals, Vidjas, and Hemneses. [More]

McDonald's Sponsors Prime-Time TV Documentary About McDonald's

McDonald's Sponsors Prime-Time TV Documentary About McDonald's

If you were to flip open the pages of your TV Guide and see that there was a documentary called “McDonald’s Gets Grilled” airing in prime time, you might assume that it’s a bit of McMuckraking, or at least a news organization’s look behind the counter at the fast food giant. But as viewers of Australian TV found out this week, it’s really just a 30-minute infomercial paid for by McDonald’s. [More]

Australian Steals $30,000 From Nigerian Fraudsters

We all know the sad story: scam artists based in Nigeria dupe an innocent foreigner into forwarding fraudulent payments on to an accomplice, and end up out thousands of their own dollars and in legal trouble. A 23-year old Australian woman flipped the scenario around when she kept all of the ill-gotten cash she was meant to launder and spent it on herself. The best (worst?) part? She didn’t even know that her “employers” were out to scam her. [More]

Man Claims He Found Maggots In McDonald's Big Mac

Man Claims He Found Maggots In McDonald's Big Mac

A McDonald’s customer in Melbourne, Australia, claims he got a most unwelcome add-on to his Big Mac: maggots. [More]

Woman Sues Qantas Airline After Screaming Child Makes Her Deaf

Woman Sues Qantas Airline After Screaming Child Makes Her Deaf

A 67-year-old American woman traveling in Australia last year has sued Qantas, because she says a screaming baby on board one of their flights made her deaf. Now before shake your head, what she describes in her suit is pretty horrific: “The boy allegedly leaned back over his armrest toward [her] and let out a scream so severe that blood erupted from her ears, leaving her ‘stone cold deaf’.” On the other hand, Qantas maintains that it has no way of predicting when a child might scream, since children naturally do that sort of thing. [More]