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(Miami Herald)   McDonald's reported a 4% loss in the second quarter of 2012, blaming it not on people realizing their food is awful, but on "unfavorable currency exchange rates and a slowing global economy"   (miamiherald.com) divider line 56
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2012-07-23 10:16:33 AM
McDonald's is making an effort to improve the quality of their food. The other day my kid was served a Happy Meal with apple slices and a box that held about 10 fries. They also had all these fresh fruit offerings.
 
2012-07-23 11:06:33 AM

notmtwain: The other day my kid was served a Happy Meal with apple slices and a box that held about 10 fries.


We got the apples too. They've been sitting in our refrigerator for months, becoming an experiment to see if they deteriorate as slowly as a McDonalds hamburger. Fast food is generally not good and good food is generally not fast.

/we stopped eating fast food, except for the mall, which is infrequent
//kids complained for a bit but got over it
 
2012-07-23 12:53:16 PM
I for one enjoy the taste of our old triglyceride overlords

www.formerfatguy.com
 
2012-07-23 01:25:01 PM
Hey guys, is this where I post about how I don't eat fast food anymore and not-so-subtly imply that I'm a better person than those who do?
 
2012-07-23 01:47:36 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Hey guys, is this where I post about how I don't eat fast food anymore and not-so-subtly imply that I'm a better person than those who do?


yes.
 
2012-07-23 01:48:02 PM
4% less profit does not equal 4% loss, subby.
 
2012-07-23 01:49:55 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Hey guys, is this where I post about how I don't eat fast food anymore and not-so-subtly imply that I'm a better person than those who do?


As long as you also boast about how your diet is free-range, conflict-free, fair-trade, sustainable, non-cruelty, organic, union-produced, and local.
 
2012-07-23 01:51:36 PM

hp6sa: 4% less profit does not equal 4% loss, subby.


It is if you're the owner of the company I work for. If we grew 10% last year, and we only grew 6% this year, his stance is that we took a 4% loss this year. WTF?
 
2012-07-23 01:55:34 PM
I went to McD for the first time in a few years as I had a hankering for a chocolate shake.

What I got had whipped cream and a cherry on it. WTF?
 
2012-07-23 02:05:38 PM

enry: I went to McD for the first time in a few years as I had a hankering for a chocolate shake.

What I got had whipped cream and a cherry on it. WTF?


They call them "Partially Gelatinated, Non-Dairy, Gum-Based Beverages" now
 
2012-07-23 02:15:53 PM
No kidding 4% less profit isn't a loss. Hasn't McD's only had a legit loss like 2 quarters out of their entire history?

Investing in them is like buying a utility. Boring but steady profits.
 
2012-07-23 02:21:15 PM
Lol people still eat fast food garbage?
 
2012-07-23 02:22:40 PM
TheManofPA

enry: I went to McD for the first time in a few years as I had a hankering for a chocolate shake.

What I got had whipped cream and a cherry on it. WTF?

They call them "Partially Gelatinated, Non-Dairy, Gum-Based Beverages" now


Shakes? Hmmmph. Never know what your getting.

/it's the little differences........
 
2012-07-23 02:33:14 PM
Take a hint from taco bell, make the buns out of Cheetos.
 
2012-07-23 02:40:08 PM
People are just too fat to leave their homes. When I moved into my house about five years ago, my neighbor was overweight but not unreasonably so. Every afternoon, though, I see him throwing away a McDonald's bag. Fast forward five years of eating that garbage: he has ballooned to over 600 pounds. He lives on disability and is unable to leave his house. Instead of driving to McDonald's, he has pizza delivered three or four times a day. The pizza guy actually has to bring the pizzas into the living room because my neighbor cannot stand up from the couch without exploding his heart. I'd feel bad for him if he didn't bring it on himself.

This has happened to probably 60% of my neighborhood, made up of 200 or so homes. I used to see kids out playing but now it's like a ghost town because they're all so obese they can't run around anymore. This one kid up the street tried to ride his bike to catch the ice cream truck and he died of a massive heart attack. Pretty sad. I blame his parents because when they were able to leave the house, they were always going to McDonalds.

As obesity devours more people, McDonald's stock will continue to fall. They need to devise some sort of delivery service, even if they just came once a week with a big burlap sack of white bread and ground meat covered in salt. Maybe I can get some funding going if anyone wants to set-up a service.
 
2012-07-23 02:41:40 PM
My ass will vomit if I have one of their hamburgers.
 
2012-07-23 02:54:32 PM
Their food is so terrible that they're only the largest restaurant chain in the entire world. I wish I could fail at something that badly. I think I could soothe the sting of self-righteous farkers mocking me and my customers by taking a nap on my big pile of money and then slipping into my hot tub filled with champagne and high-end strippers.
 
2012-07-23 03:03:51 PM

spentmiles: As obesity devours more people, McDonald's stock will continue to fall.


What falling McDonald's stock may look like.
 
2012-07-23 03:09:50 PM
I wish they would use higher quality ingredients overall and less salt. They are too attractive an option for lower income people with little time and/or food knowledge. They take themselves and their kids there and the kids never have a chance to develop good food habits. It breaks my heart to see them, these people won't be invisible forever, something has to snap eventually.
 
2012-07-23 03:16:08 PM
You know, subby, I'm gonna go ahead and believe McDonald's on this one. You may not like their food, but it's sort of a childish fantasy to think that all of their customers just woke up yesterday and decided to agree with your stance that it's gross.
 
2012-07-23 03:16:43 PM

hp6sa: 4% less profit does not equal 4% loss, subby.


Also this.
 
2012-07-23 03:18:07 PM

SuperT: I wish they would use higher quality ingredients overall and less salt. They are too attractive an option for lower income people with little time and/or food knowledge. They take themselves and their kids there and the kids never have a chance to develop good food habits. It breaks my heart to see them, these people won't be invisible forever, something has to snap eventually.


Generally, it's the chair or their belt.
 
2012-07-23 03:21:15 PM

damageddude: notmtwain: The other day my kid was served a Happy Meal with apple slices and a box that held about 10 fries.

We got the apples too. They've been sitting in our refrigerator for months, becoming an experiment to see if they deteriorate as slowly as a McDonalds hamburger. Fast food is generally not good and good food is generally not fast.

/we stopped eating fast food, except for the mall, which is infrequent
//kids complained for a bit but got over it


Wait a minute... raw food with high moisture goes bad faster than cooked food with high salt and low moisture content?

Somone alert the cro magnons. McDonalds has stumbled upon food preservation.
 
2012-07-23 03:34:44 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: SuperT: I wish they would use higher quality ingredients overall and less salt. They are too attractive an option for lower income people with little time and/or food knowledge. They take themselves and their kids there and the kids never have a chance to develop good food habits. It breaks my heart to see them, these people won't be invisible forever, something has to snap eventually.

Generally, it's the chair or their belt.


You're making me laugh at work, gotta stop that.
 
2012-07-23 03:45:52 PM

jjorsett: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Hey guys, is this where I post about how I don't eat fast food anymore and not-so-subtly imply that I'm a better person than those who do?

As long as you also boast about how your diet is free-range, conflict-free, fair-trade, sustainable, non-cruelty, organic, union-produced, and local.


I only eat meat that's humanely killed

/I give it an overdose of reds
 
2012-07-23 04:00:24 PM
www.cavemancircus.com
 
2012-07-23 04:37:40 PM

MightyPez: raw food with high moisture goes bad faster


No, I was observing the fruit hasn't gone bad yet after sitting in the refrigerator for months. Fresh fruit that we buy at the super market, even when sealed in plastic and placed in the refrigerator, goes bad in a week or two. The McDonalds slices look about as fresh as the day we got them back in the spring. I assume it's preserved the way canned fruit is.
 
2012-07-23 04:51:19 PM
I've been eating almost nothing but fast food for a couple months and I feel...
Kinda crappy, actually.

Oh well, it's too damn hot to cook.
 
2012-07-23 05:00:46 PM

damageddude: MightyPez: raw food with high moisture goes bad faster

No, I was observing the fruit hasn't gone bad yet after sitting in the refrigerator for months. Fresh fruit that we buy at the super market, even when sealed in plastic and placed in the refrigerator, goes bad in a week or two. The McDonalds slices look about as fresh as the day we got them back in the spring. I assume it's preserved the way canned fruit is.


They're in sealed plastic, right? Probably sterilized (negligible contamination) and packed in nitrogen (no oxidation/"browning", asphyxiation for aerobic microbes) before sealing (inhibiting additional contamination, retaining natural moisture) and refrigeration (inhibiting growth of any remaining contamination).

Basically, all conditions that lead to normal rotting have been eliminated -- and, interestingly, none of them require modifying the food itself in any way. I'm just guessing, of course, but it's all pretty straightforward food packaging. Especially the nitrogen -- you'd be surprised just how much stuff on a grocery shelf is packed in it. Cheap, abundant, completely natural and harmless preservative.
 
2012-07-23 05:06:19 PM
spentmiles:


You almost had me. Good show!
 
2012-07-23 05:08:13 PM

damageddude: MightyPez: raw food with high moisture goes bad faster

No, I was observing the fruit hasn't gone bad yet after sitting in the refrigerator for months. Fresh fruit that we buy at the super market, even when sealed in plastic and placed in the refrigerator, goes bad in a week or two. The McDonalds slices look about as fresh as the day we got them back in the spring. I assume it's preserved the way canned fruit is.


If only there were a website that you could ask questions from and get an answer....


Actually what they do is remove the oxygen from the packaging and replace it with carbon dioxide or nitrogen. It is called MAP or Modified Atmosphere Packaging. There is some debate on the healthfulness of such techniques, however there have been few links to any real danger. Keep in mind though that as produce is exposed to sunlight and rigors of time it does lose nutrients.
 
2012-07-23 05:12:15 PM
I'm not one of these people who say fast food should all be destroyed because it's the devil. I try to limit my intake of it, but will still eat it especially when I'm on a long car ride and need to eat on the way. With that said, this year I've begun to really develop a distaste for McDonalds. Maybe it's just burnout of eating the same 10 menu items my entire life, but the hamburgers there are just plastic tasting and gross. I tried to switch to a chicken sandwich which has 2 weeks old brown lettuce and a gallon of mayo. The only thing I can stomach there anymore is Mcnuggets and even then it's all about having plenty of sauce. When I do eat fast food I try to shoot for better tasting options.
 
2012-07-23 05:34:24 PM

damageddude: MightyPez: raw food with high moisture goes bad faster

No, I was observing the fruit hasn't gone bad yet after sitting in the refrigerator for months. Fresh fruit that we buy at the super market, even when sealed in plastic and placed in the refrigerator, goes bad in a week or two. The McDonalds slices look about as fresh as the day we got them back in the spring. I assume it's preserved the way canned fruit is.


That's weird, because I've observed a woman returning the apples from a Happy Meal and demanding a new package since the one her kid got had turned just slightly brown (as you might expect them to).

I guess we both have cool stories, bro.
 
2012-07-23 05:52:45 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I'm not one of these people who say fast food should all be destroyed because it's the devil. I try to limit my intake of it, but will still eat it especially when I'm on a long car ride and need to eat on the way. With that said, this year I've begun to really develop a distaste for McDonalds. Maybe it's just burnout of eating the same 10 menu items my entire life, but the hamburgers there are just plastic tasting and gross.


About twice a year I get a ridiculous craving for a double quarter pounder with cheese. Once consumed, my craving for McD's vanishes for another 6 months. I think I've developed a special organ where I store the thing.
 
2012-07-23 06:46:06 PM
A thread against McD's - yeah!

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: ModernPrimitive01: I'm not one of these people who say fast food should all be destroyed because it's the devil. I try to limit my intake of it, but will still eat it especially when I'm on a long car ride and need to eat on the way. With that said, this year I've begun to really develop a distaste for McDonalds. Maybe it's just burnout of eating the same 10 menu items my entire life, but the hamburgers there are just plastic tasting and gross.

About twice a year I get a ridiculous craving for a double quarter pounder with cheese. Once consumed, my craving for McD's vanishes for another 6 months. I think I've developed a special organ where I store the thing.


Me too. It's usually a thumping hangover and I'm out and about with low blood sugar. I have a 1/4 pounder with cheese and then remember they've been making me feel sick since my mid twenties.

As to the OP; McD's is growing in developing countries where they haven't yet (big generalization, but backed up with lots of first-hand observation) understood just quite how bad that crap is for you, and that they'd live longer if they stuck to their traditional foods - unprocessed meat and fish, rice, veggies.

csb
I worked in McD's for about 6 months when at college. I had 1 week full-time in a break and ate there every day. After 5 days I felt sick, not throwing up or pooping (at all, totally bunged up), but ill like I was slowly being poisoned. Since then I rarely eat that bilge.
/csb
 
2012-07-23 07:04:33 PM
McDonald's is a real estate company that sells hamburgers to make the rent.
 
2012-07-23 07:34:33 PM

jst3p: damageddude: MightyPez: raw food with high moisture goes bad faster

No, I was observing the fruit hasn't gone bad yet after sitting in the refrigerator for months. Fresh fruit that we buy at the super market, even when sealed in plastic and placed in the refrigerator, goes bad in a week or two. The McDonalds slices look about as fresh as the day we got them back in the spring. I assume it's preserved the way canned fruit is.

If only there were a website that you could ask questions from and get an answer....


Actually what they do is remove the oxygen from the packaging and replace it with carbon dioxide or nitrogen. It is called MAP or Modified Atmosphere Packaging. There is some debate on the healthfulness of such techniques, however there have been few links to any real danger. Keep in mind though that as produce is exposed to sunlight and rigors of time it does lose nutrients.


God I hope you know that air is 80% nitrogen.
 
2012-07-23 08:33:11 PM
I despise McDonalds, but seriously subby if people were going to "realize" the food is awful, wouldn't they have done so already at some point in the last, say, 40 years?
 
2012-07-23 10:15:55 PM
McDonalds fries are still the best, IMHO.

/ and the coffee ain't bad either.
// everything else on their menu is pretty stomach-churning, however
 
2012-07-23 10:24:48 PM

jst3p: spentmiles:

You almost had me. Good show!


I have him favorited just so I can be sure to catch his latest gems... :^)
 
2012-07-23 11:16:30 PM

sobernutz: My ass will vomit if I have one of their hamburgers.


The amount of sugar in the sweet tea is enough to cause diabetes.
Also make me urinate every 30 minus, one hell of a diuretic.
 
2012-07-23 11:49:12 PM
McDonald's coffee is pretty decent. When I'm on the road it's where I stop for coffee, unless there's a PDQ and I need gas.
 
2012-07-23 11:52:07 PM

Dear Jerk: McDonald's is a real estate company that sells hamburgers to make the rent.


I came here to say that when I noticed this little snip in the article. "The world's largest hamburger chain has thrived in boom and bust times by selling cheap eats and constantly updating its menu with popular items such as fruit smoothies and snack wraps." ...
 
2012-07-24 01:07:30 AM

jjorsett: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Hey guys, is this where I post about how I don't eat fast food anymore and not-so-subtly imply that I'm a better person than those who do?

As long as you also boast about how your diet is free-range, conflict-free, fair-trade, sustainable, non-cruelty, organic, union-produced, and local.



yeah fark those elitists who want to live in a sustainable world and help lift others out of poverty. Everyone should be poor and serving me since I'm part of the aristocracy!
 
2012-07-24 01:34:13 AM
If they keep a limited breakfast menu all day, I will seriously tell them to shut up and take my money. I want a got-damn Egg McMuffin. I don't care that it is 9PM.

/or worse yet: 10:35 AM, can I still get an Egg McMuffin?
//NO
///farkers
 
2012-07-24 01:51:20 AM

Christian Bale: I despise McDonalds, but seriously subby if people were going to "realize" the food is awful, wouldn't they have done so already at some point in the last, say, 40 years?


McDonalds, especially the Play Land, has pretty much been a Morris family "tradition" for as long as I can remember.

Fairly typical.
 
2012-07-24 03:55:23 AM
Maybe they'd make more money if they HAD FARKING BREAKFAST WHEN I WANT IT
 
2012-07-24 09:07:28 AM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Maybe they'd make more money if they HAD FARKING BREAKFAST WHEN I WANT IT


I don't understand you guys. It takes me 15 minutes or so to drive to the nearest Mickey Dee's. In that time I can make cook four rashers of bacon; add 3 eggs and cheese, eaten the resulting mouth watering omelet AND washed the dishes. All for less than half of the cost of McD's POS hockey puck.

Oh, and started a second cup of Guatemala Antigua organic shade grown coffee... ;^)

www.ultimate-coffees-info.com
 
2012-07-24 10:47:15 AM
LoL @ subby.

Since when do patrons of McDonalds care about the quality of their food(like) products?
 
2012-07-24 01:15:41 PM

intelligent comment below: jjorsett: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Hey guys, is this where I post about how I don't eat fast food anymore and not-so-subtly imply that I'm a better person than those who do?

As long as you also boast about how your diet is free-range, conflict-free, fair-trade, sustainable, non-cruelty, organic, union-produced, and local.


yeah fark those elitists who want to live in a sustainable world and help lift others out of poverty. Everyone should be poor and serving me since I'm part of the aristocracy!


You lift people out of poverty by making food really expensive for no real reason?
 
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