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McDonald’s Corporation is the largest fast food hamburger restaurant chain in the world, headquartered in Oak Brook, IL. McDonald’s operates more than 35,000 restaurants in 118 countries worldwide. McDonald’s began in 1940 as a single barbecue restaurant owned by Richard and Maurice McDonald, but they redeveloped their restaurant into a hamburger stand in 1948. Ray Kroc joined their team in 1955, and later purchased the chain and oversaw worldwide growth through franchising. McDonald’s primary sells hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, french fries, breakfast items, and desserts. The Big Mac is McDonald’s signature sandwich.

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11 Jan, 2016

Unfair labor practices suit

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Workers sue McDonald’s over unfair labor practices, which include threatening, spying on, and in some cases terminating workers for organizing. The National Labor Relations Board is representing the workers and includes McDonald’s Corp. itself as joint employers along with their franchisees, holding the parent corporation jointly responsible for inappropriate labor practices.

Without joint employer accountability for the franchisors or the contracting company at the top, these types of corporate outsourcing can result in a lack of accountability for workplace conditions.

18 Nov, 2015

Diners sues for Hepatitis A risk

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A customer files suit  against Jascor Inc, a McDonald’s operator in Waterloo, NY, after diners are exposed to food and drinks prepared by a worker with hepatitis A. The case seeks class-action status for as many as 1000 potentially affected customers, who plaintiffs said could number more than 1,000. Public health officials says diners had a low risk of contracting the illness, but urged those who had consumed food and/or drinks from the restaurant on Nov. 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 to consider treatments if they were not previously vaccinated against hepatitis A.

5 Oct, 2015

Homeless woman found dead at HK store

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Police are trying to confirm the identity of a homeless woman who was found dead in a 24-hour McDonald’s outlet at a public housing estate in Kowloon Bay. The woman, aged around 50 to 60 years, was found slumped over her table in a quiet corner, 24 hours after she entered the restaurant at Ping Shek Estate, while other customers were unaware what had happened. McDonald’s says that the woman had not ordered any food, but staff noticed she was moving, and had asked for water from the counter.

To complement the modern lifestyle of people in Hong Kong, some McDonald’s restaurants operate 24 hours a day. We welcome everyone to visit out restaurants any time. In order to provide a pleasant dining environment, we would not disturb our customers, but our service will be offered promptly upon request.

9 Sep, 2015

Shifts to cage-free eggs

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The company says that it will transition 16,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada over a period of ten years to eggs that come from chickens that aren’t confined to cages. McDonald’s currently buys about 2.12 billion eggs annually in the U.S. and Canada, including just 13 million cage-free eggs.

Our customers are increasingly interested in knowing more about their food and where it comes from. Our decision to source only cage-free eggs reinforces the focus we place on food quality and our menu to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.

 

2 Sep, 2015

Four charged in drive-thru attack

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Four people are charged in the assault of a McDonald’s drive-thru worker in LaPlace, a city about 25 miles west of New Orleans. Kailin Holland, 17, is charged with felony battery and released from jail on a $10,000 bond. Misdemeanor summonses for simple battery to two others, and a disturbing the peace charge for the fourth person.

Drive-Thru Worker To Go

1 Sep, 2015

Invites burger collaboration

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Burger King says it will collaborate with multiple companies, including McDonald’s, on the one-day-only pop-up restaurant featuring “The Peace Day Burger.”

Although they [McDonald’s] haven’t yet agreed to come on board our original proposal still stands. McDonald’s take your time. We’re totally at peace with that. Meanwhile, an incredible thing has happened. We’ve received a significant number of unexpected responses from other restaurants, large and small, each expressing an appetite for peace and enthusiasm to help spread the Peace One Day message…Naturally, peace is inclusive to all. So Denny’s, Wayback Burgers, Krystal, and Giraffas, we’d like to build on your individual proposals to collaborate on Peace Day, September 26. Our ide would be that we all come together to create a burger that combines a key ingredient from each of our signature sandwiches.

Announces all-day breakfast

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McDonald’s announces that it will start all-day breakfast at all stores from Oct 6, after franchisees vote to approve the proposal. The restaurant will only serve a limited breakfast menu past 10:30 and items will vary based on region. The company sends a series of tweets to customers who had asked questions about the start date.

27 Aug, 2015

Drops nuggets supplier after animal cruelty video

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McDonald’s and Tyson Foods both sever ties with T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract to Tyson Foods,  after an undercover video, released by Mercy For Animals,  by showed workers stabbing, beating and stomping on chickens in an undercover video shot by animal rights activists. Tyson supplies the chicken meat to McDonald’s. Tyson:

Animal well-being is a priority at our company and we will not tolerate the unacceptable animal treatment shown in this video. Members of our animal well-being team are investigating, however, based on what we currently know, we are terminating the farmer’s contract to grow chickens for us.

McDonald’s:

[We] find the behavior depicted in this video to be completely unacceptable. We’re committed to working with animal welfare and industry experts to inform our policies that promote better management, strong employee education and verification of practices.

Proposes McWhopper

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Burger King proposes the McWhopper, which  combines elements of the “Big Mac” and “Whopper” burgers to create a new double-decker burger, sold for one day in a franchise jointly run by employees of both companies. Burger King says the promo will promote Peace Day, linked to 21st September, which is The United Nations International Day of Peace. Burger King promotes the idea in full page ads in the New York Times, social media, and a taste test on the TODAY show.

We come in peace. In fact, we come in honor of peace. We know we’ve had our petty differences, but how about we have a ceasefire on these so-called “burger wars”?.. We appreciate that’s a lot to swallow so we’ve put together mcwhopper.com to give you a better understanding of our proposal. Let’s end the beef, with the beef.

14 Aug, 2015

Increases Quarter Pounder beef

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McDonald’s increases the amount of beef in its Quarter Pounder from 4 to 4.25 ounces, before cooking. The former 4-ounce patty cooked down to 2.8 ounces after heating.

9 Jul, 2015

‘Cursing’ toy

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A Florida family claims that a minion toy they received at McDonald’s says “What the f*ck.” Others say they hear it saying, “Well I’ll be damned.” Parent:

It turned out to be a toy that decided to talk profanity. I can’t believe it’s coming out of a toy.

McDonald’s says the Minion toy actually says “para la bukay,” “hahaha” and “eh eh.” Spokesperson

The allegation that this toy is saying anything offensive or profane is not true.

Coffin, who invented the Minionese language:

I’m not saying what people with a twisted mind seem to be hearing. If it was my intent to say inappropriate stuff, you’d hear it, I promise you. But I’d be pretty stupid doing it in a movie for all audiences including kids. I don’t think myself as being very intelligent, but I’m certainly not that dumb.

5 Mar, 2015

Reporter caught in drive-thu

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Traffic Jam Jimmy (Jimmy Uhrin) orders breakfast while being broadcast live on Fox 45 Baltimore. He first wanted to order off the lunch menu, but since it was too early for that he opted for an Egg McMuffin and a black coffee instead.

Hey, I’ve been in the car since 4 o’clock. I am starving. I’m just getting something real quick.

'Can I Get a Fish Sandwich?' Traffic Jam Jimmy Caught in the Drive-Thru During Traffic Report

19 Feb, 2015

Chicken Selects return

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McDonald’s announces Chicken Selects are coming back to the menu in American restaurants, after having been absent for two years:

We look forward to bringing back this customer favorite made with chicken tenderloin.

Individual restaurant will determine if the Chicken Selects remain on the menu permanently:

They are limited time offer, however markets have the option to keep them if they want, so some areas may continue to sell them.

13 Feb, 2015

Board changes demanded

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CtW Investment Group sends a letter to company directors demanding changes are made to the board. They feel that the recent replacement of the CEO is not enough to reverse the problems at the company:

Returning McDonald’s Corp to a path of long-term, profitable growth requires that Mr. Steven Easterbrook’s appointment as CEO is followed by a robust refreshment of the board’s membership and leadership,

9 Feb, 2015

Manager fired

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The manager who was involved in an incident where another employee berated him, which was recorded and posted on YouTube, is fired. Company officials state that Brandon Robertson has been terminated because they did not like the way he handled the situation. Robertson does not believe that he could have done anything differently:

I asked him to leave. What was I supposed to do?

Employee meltdown

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An employee at a St. Paul, Minnesota restaurant throws a tantrum after he is fired, in full view of customers. He goes on a profanity laced rant while damaging restaurant property. The worker seems to be upset because he is not being compensated for services rendered:

give me my (expletive) pay!

He eventually leaves the restaurant after having been asked to by the manager.

30 Jan, 2015

Customer with kangaroo kicked out

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Police kick out a customer of a Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, McDonald’s on account of the kangaroo she had with her. Diana Moyer claims the kangaroo is a service animal, and that it has been approved by a doctor. Moyer had been taking the animal to the restaurant for three months previously without incident, but the police were called and she and the animal were removed from the restaurant. Moyer’s husband later admits that it was not actually a service animal but a therapy animal, which is not exempt from rules that prohibit animals:

It’s a friend for her, a companion and we have a little car seat and stroller.

28 Jan, 2015

CEO replaced

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McDonald’s announces that Don Thompson is leaving the company. Steve Easterbrook will take over as company president and chief executive officer. Thompson feels that Easterbrook is a good choice to succeed him:

It’s tough to say goodbye to the McFamily, but there is a time and season for everything. I am truly confident as I pass the reins over to Steve, that he will continue to move our business and brand forward.