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(News.com.au)   McDonald's huge Olympic $ponsor$hip demands that all competing retailers surrender their french fries   (news.com.au) divider line 121
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2012-07-12 07:57:06 PM  
McDonalds: It sucks and will kill you.
 
2012-07-12 08:09:17 PM  

LoneWolf343: Mr Guy: They've learned from the NCAA. I'm pretty sure you can get executed for flashing the wrong soda logo at the Final Four.

Remember when Brian Urlacher wore a Vitamin Water hat to a press conference?


It's VITAMINWATER®. You'll probably be getting a letter from Coca-Cola's lawyers now.
Link
 
2012-07-12 08:17:44 PM  
Well if any orders chips, give them a fish stick.
 
2012-07-12 08:42:23 PM  
www.geekologie.com
 
2012-07-12 08:44:33 PM  
Hi, would you like your large plate of fresh cut fries and a single fish stick super sized?
 
2012-07-12 09:14:11 PM  

letrole: Anyone who feigns disgust at the idea of eating a Big Mac also tends to:

1. Own a TV but haven't turned it on in years
2. Drink microbrewery beer
3. Watch Japanese children's cartoons on a Mac
4. Appreciate the warmth of vinyl phonograph records
5. Read books at Starbucks
6. Claim to prefer girls with small breasts
7. Make snide remarks about Wal-Mart.
8. Walk past a smoker and force pretentious coughing noises
9. Take comfort in believing size doesn't matter
10. Ride a bike to work wearing spandex stretch trousers


Or maybe we're just aware that sticking a McChicken between the patties of a McDouble costs significantly less, is larger, and is far more delicious*. The BigMac is low-tier even by McDonald's standards.

/*Relative term
//I know how I sound
 
2012-07-12 09:38:26 PM  
...and FIFA forces World Cup host facilities to serve on the swill know as Budweiser (not the Czech version). Isn't that just as scary?!

/Heineken is barely passably better at the Olympics.
 
2012-07-12 09:48:32 PM  

intelligent comment below: andersoncouncil42: 1. No
2. Lager
3. What is this, I don't even
4. You must be deaf
5. I travel for work, so sometimes yes - to kill time
6. Small is a relative term. I don't like them to sag past the belly button, no.
8. Wal-Mart sucks - this is self evident
9. You must be compensating, besides, your mother can't take all of it.
10. I used to ride to work, but at 30 miles a day, 5 days a week, you'd get a hell of a rash and saddle sore wearing anything else.

You accidentally a number


yes i did.

Walking past a smoker, I tend to hold my breath
 
2012-07-12 10:13:11 PM  

northguineahills: ...and FIFA forces World Cup host facilities to serve on the swill know as Budweiser (not the Czech version). Isn't that just as scary?!

/Heineken is barely passably better at the Olympics.


Doubly so because the swill known as Budweiser is Americans, and Americans don't play football, and when they do they call it soccer. WTF is Anheuser-Busch getting involved with that anyway?

ISTR that when American Budweiser first showed up in the UK, they just licensed the label to a British bulk brewer who put English lager in the bottles - equally tasteless, but about double the strength. Wasted yank tourists FTW.

/ baseball fans please note ... it's a World Cup because 200+ countries participate, it's not a domestic game between two teams in the only country where it's a mainstream sport
// and yes I know about the newspaper ;)
 
2012-07-12 10:28:11 PM  

ParaHandy: northguineahills: ...and FIFA forces World Cup host facilities to serve on the swill know as Budweiser (not the Czech version). Isn't that just as scary?!

/Heineken is barely passably better at the Olympics.

Doubly so because the swill known as Budweiser is Americans, and Americans don't play football, and when they do they call it soccer. WTF is Anheuser-Busch getting involved with that anyway?

ISTR that when American Budweiser first showed up in the UK, they just licensed the label to a British bulk brewer who put English lager in the bottles - equally tasteless, but about double the strength. Wasted yank tourists FTW.

/ baseball fans please note ... it's a World Cup because 200+ countries participate, it's not a domestic game between two teams in the only country where it's a mainstream sport
// and yes I know about the newspaper ;)


As someone who was born in West Virginia, and grew up in north Florida in the 80s/90s. I used to have to go to the library to get football scores from across the pond a week late. Then the internet happened. My two favorite sports are football (soccer)/(american) football. It wasn't until the 2000s until you could even see the US football team on tv regularly, and even then, it's not guaranteed (See US-Guatemala WC qualifier last month).
 
2012-07-12 11:32:09 PM  
I miss the McDonald's of the 80's

Free Big Mac if a US athlete took gold, or fries for silver, etc.
 
2012-07-12 11:41:37 PM  

groppet: Fuggin Bizzy: CSB:

Over the 4th, I got restless and cleaned my minivan. In the very bottom of the stow-n-go seating compartment, I found a french fry. I have no idea how old it was, but we don't eat fries all that often. The damn thing looked perfect - no mold, no dehydration, no smell...rotten food's no use and a shame, but isn't food kind of supposed to decompose?

I know Morgan Spurlock did this in his famous documentary, but it was weird to see it first hand.

/CSB

Years ago I was cleaning out a company car and found a whole burger under the seat in a wrapper. There was no smell the bread was a tad moldy but the rest looked like it was fresh out of the microwave.


I've seen plenty of people express this sentiment and i really feel i should point out that the evil chemical responsible is probably just plain old sodium chloride.
 
2012-07-13 02:55:31 AM  

Silverstaff: DROxINxTHExWIND: McDonald's has paid a LOT of money to be a sponser.

Why should the Olympics even have sponsors? They don't need sponsors to hold events, for almost 90 years they ran Olympic games without sponsorships.

The 1896 Olympics didn't have sponsors, the 1900 Olympics didn't have sponsors. . .before 1984 no Olympic games had any kind of sponsorship. In the US, before 1978 there wasn't even any trademark protection on the Olympic logo or words, anybody could use it in advertisements or marketing with no need for permission from any Olympic committee.

The Olympics were supposed to be a competition of the worlds finest athletes and a way for countries to come together in friendly competition.

In the last 25 years or so it's become a giant excreted display of corporate sponsors, logos, mascots, and marketing. Who actually wins in the games and the actual events themselves are secondary to the constant blitz of paid advertisements.


Unless they smoke pot. Then everyone seems to remember.
 
2012-07-13 06:48:38 AM  

ParaHandy: / baseball fans please note ... it's a World Cup because 200+ countries participate, it's not a domestic game between two teams in the only country where it's a mainstream sport


For the record, there is one MLB team in Canada, and we do get players from Japan, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, the other countries where Baseball is a mainstream sport.

Yeah, it's reaching, but it's not strictly American.
 
2012-07-13 08:17:17 AM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: fBurger King could just roll in and set up a stand next to every McDonalds?


We're not talking about other burger chains here, we're talking about the local Chip Shops, most of which are family run, that are being banned from selling what constitutes 70-90% of their profit margin, unless they sell them with fish.

No beer battered sausage, black pudding, steak pie, haggis, mars bar, chicken, crocodile, ostrich, etc, suppers, can be sold. Nor can a simple bag of chips - it has to be sold with fish.

WTF is the point of hosting the games if local businesses can't capitalize?

I mean, FFS, the British Chip is nothing like McFreedomfries, other than they are deep fried potato. Is there a ban on potato croquettes, or rostis? They're both fried potato products.
 
2012-07-13 09:22:14 AM  
RELIGION OF FRITES
 
2012-07-13 09:38:40 AM  

uttertosh: WTF is the point of hosting the games if local businesses can't capitalize?


To allow the megacorp sponsors to profit. They pay big bucks to be the only corporations allowed there, and they profit from the captive audience. Nowadays it's not about doing anything for the good of the local people, they are to consider themselves honored they are allowed to host the Olympics and tolerate the huge intrusions and disruptions with a smile because it's The Olympics.

Now, I'm kinda curious as to how this will play out in the long term. How many cities hosed by having to construct expensive venues they struggle to find a use for afterwards, put up with intrusive security, massive disruption to their lives, and not actually make much/any profit off it, will want to ever do it again?
 
2012-07-13 09:54:45 AM  

Silverstaff: uttertosh: WTF is the point of hosting the games if local businesses can't capitalize?

To allow the megacorp sponsors to profit. They pay big bucks to be the only corporations allowed there, and they profit from the captive audience. Nowadays it's not about doing anything for the good of the local people, they are to consider themselves honored they are allowed to host the Olympics and tolerate the huge intrusions and disruptions with a smile because it's The Olympics.

Now, I'm kinda curious as to how this will play out in the long term. How many cities hosed by having to construct expensive venues they struggle to find a use for afterwards, put up with intrusive security, massive disruption to their lives, and not actually make much/any profit off it, will want to ever do it again?


A further example: Rolex is one of the sponsors of the Wimbledon club. however, Omega is the timing sponsor for the games. Omega demanded that Wimbledon cover or replace every clock, watch, and timing device in the complex, if they wanted the honor of hosting olympic tennis.
 
2012-07-13 01:23:53 PM  
Slightly off topic, I saw a two king-size Rice Krispie Treat bars yesterday, one super fudge chocolate, the other butter toffee crunch, both with Olympic sponsor logos on them.

Rice Krispie Treat bars: The official sugar brick of our Olympic athletes.
 
2012-07-14 07:49:29 AM  
Putting dollr signs right into the word sponsorship! How very clever!
 
2012-07-15 01:15:09 PM  
Here is McDonalds' actual response when asked about this issue:



"Thank you for contacting McDonald's and for giving us an opportunity to share some information with you.

As the Official Restaurant of the London 2012 Games and a Worldwide Olympic Sponsor, we're looking forward to serving McDonald's World Famous Fries, sourced locally in the UK.

We've been granted the exclusive privilege of serving our core menu to spectators, media, athletes and coaches.

Just like other worldwide sponsors with exclusive rights in their categories, we're keeping our commitment to serve the great-tasting food McDonald's is known for, including our Fries.

Again, thank you for your sharing your comments with McDonald's.

Lisa
McDonald's Customer Response Center

ref#:9043374"

I see they take the Romney route of ignoring the actual question at hand:



"Why would your company ban small businesses in London from selling french fries during the Olympics? Are you really that afraid that actual food will dominate in sales compared to your barely edible, non-food products (food actually spoils).


I would take my kids to your restaurants once every blue moon to satisfy their want of cheap hamburgers. After reading the article today explaining McDonalds decision to have Olympics bosses ban over 800 restaurants from serving french fries, I will never step foot on a McDonalds property ever again.

In case you aren't aware of what I'm speaking of, here ya go: http://www.news.com.au/business/companies/games-ban-on-chips-unless-it s-with-fish/story-fnda1bsz-1226424369840"
 
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