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(CBS Chicago)   Ronald McDonald has a sad because no one wants to eat his 'high quality food' anymore   (chicago.cbslocal.com) divider line 92
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2014-01-24 02:06:16 PM  
www.drudgereport.com
 
2014-01-24 02:40:18 PM  
FTFA: McDonald's earnings were about flat at $1.4 billion for the three months that ended Dec. 31. Earnings per share totaled $1.40, a penny more than Wall Street expected. The opening of new locations lifted revenue 2 percent to $7.09 billion, shy of the $7.10 billion analysts expected.

OH NOEZ! The stockholders are getting rich, but not obscenely richer! DO SOMETHING!
 
2014-01-24 04:12:35 PM  
That'll make the shareholders grimace...
 
2014-01-24 04:14:08 PM  
Yeah, when you walk in you smell grease.
When you walk out, YOU smell like grease.

No worth it, not even at drive through.
 
2014-01-24 04:21:59 PM  
No shiat.  You closed the one on my block, forcing me to waddle an extra five hundred yards to the one on the next street. MY HEART CAN'T TAKE THE STRESS!

That's why I just go to Burger King now.  It's closer.
 
2014-01-24 04:22:54 PM  
Well you're going to see a little of that when you try to serve people grade D beef and stocking shaped chicken cartilage.
 
2014-01-24 04:45:02 PM  

Mugato: Well you're going to see a little of that when you try to serve people grade D beef and stocking shaped chicken cartilage.


I do loves me some chicken fingernails with barbecue sauce once in a while, though.
 
2014-01-24 04:50:05 PM  

Headso: That'll make the shareholders grimace...


I can bet they're pissed their food is no longer being bought in mass quantities by the rabble rabble.
 
2014-01-24 04:58:32 PM  
FTA: However, McDonald's main customer base "isn't faring quite as well in the current economy."

Wow, they're finally realizing that if you don't pay people any money then they can't give you any money.
 
2014-01-24 05:00:44 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Headso: That'll make the shareholders grimace...

I can bet they're pissed their food is no longer being bought in mass quantities by the rabble rabble.


you burger not shake my faith in the fry market, you pie hole.
 
2014-01-24 05:05:00 PM  
Meh, McDonalds is still ok as a sometimes food, every so often I will get a craving for a Big Mac. Ultimately however if I'm in the mood for fast food, I'd rather spend a little more and get higher quality food from Arby's or Five Guys.
 
2014-01-24 05:09:00 PM  

spman: I'd rather spend a little more and get higher quality food from Arby's or Five Guys.


When Five Guys opens a drive through I will be in trouble. For now, though, that's the appeal of McDonald's and Arbys. Don't have to get out of the car, can grab it and then eat it at home and all that cooking/cleanup time can be used on Supernatural or Storage Wars or whatever.
 
2014-01-24 05:11:56 PM  

spman: Meh, McDonalds is still ok as a sometimes food, every so often I will get a craving for a Big Mac. Ultimately however if I'm in the mood for fast food, I'd rather spend a little more and get higher quality food from Arby's or Five Guys.


O_o
 
2014-01-24 05:21:17 PM  

PainInTheASP: No shiat.  You closed the one on my block, forcing me to waddle an extra five hundred yards to the one on the next street. MY HEART CAN'T TAKE THE STRESS!

That's why I just go to Burger King now.  It's closer.


They're testing a delivery service, too, so you can get your congestive heart disease in the comfort of your own home.
 
2014-01-24 05:29:15 PM  
 
2014-01-24 05:40:57 PM  

lockers: spman: Meh, McDonalds is still ok as a sometimes food, every so often I will get a craving for a Big Mac. Ultimately however if I'm in the mood for fast food, I'd rather spend a little more and get higher quality food from Arby's or Five Guys.

O_o


Not sure where you're eating, but Arby's is higher quality than McDonalds. Their roast beef sandwiches and chicken strips are vastly superior to anything on McDonalds menu, and they also have a better premium menu if you're in the mood for a Reuben or Turkey sandwich or something. Granted, the meals are usually a couple of dollars more than McDonalds or Burger King, but it's worth it.
 
2014-01-24 05:42:33 PM  
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2014-01-24 06:08:07 PM  
I had a craving to McD's a few months ago. I got one of their "New and improved Quarter Pounder!" deals.
The meat had absolutely no flavor. It was the worst burger I've had in ages, and these were new and improved.
The next day I drove the extra two blocks to Burgerville (a regional burger chain that uses local organic meat) and that actually tasted like a burger.
Fark McDonald's.
 
2014-01-24 06:11:28 PM  
$27.5 billion in sales last year.  I'm sure they think the company is completely doomed and they may as well close down now.
 
2014-01-24 06:21:30 PM  
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2014-01-24 06:23:36 PM  
Bring back the tallow fries.

Other very old story. My dad was very well known in the space/electronics/politics/manufacturing/TV/radio industry/started several industry groups running today. He was hired by McDonalds to "see if their manufacturing methods could be duplicated" in other industries. The answer as he presented several options (saying all would be failures due to specialization) had Kroc tell several folks that a) they did burgers b) that was the focus c) that was their focus.
 
2014-01-24 06:25:29 PM  

Whatthefark: I had a craving to McD's a few months ago. I got one of their "New and improved Quarter Pounder!" deals.
The meat had absolutely no flavor. It was the worst burger I've had in ages, and these were new and improved.
The next day I drove the extra two blocks to Burgerville (a regional burger chain that uses local organic meat) and that actually tasted like a burger.
Fark McDonald's.


Plus Burgerville lowered their price for the Tillamook Cheeseburger.  Still more expensive than a McDonalds burger, but ten times better.

/"Inconveniently located for most of America"
 
2014-01-24 06:43:56 PM  
When my sister worked at McDs she could get a raise any week she averaged something like 45 seconds per order.  Now it takes 45 seconds before the order even gets to the cooking station.  I am not waiting 5 minutes for a Big Mac.

/The order of the stuff on the Big Mac and Quarter pounder was so they could keep them on hot plates for a long time and still not taste too bad.
//Maybe McD shouldn't be run by Aussies
 
2014-01-24 06:45:41 PM  
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Don't ask me why, but the face on this Ronald doll from "Super Size Me" has always annoyed me sooooooo much. I don't know how physics can explain such a facial expression. It makes me hate the artist even more than the McD corporation.
 
2014-01-24 06:52:22 PM  
Tell that to the fat ass locals on the islands shoveling that shait into their pie holes day after day.
 
2014-01-24 06:56:28 PM  
McDonald's is floundering in part because they heavily promoted their Dollar Menu for years, and combined with regular coupon promotions, conditioned customers to always expect really low prices.  But it's hard to keep a "Dollar Menu" indefinitely, and McD's started theirs back in 2002.  Time to McPay the McPiper.  It's hard to justify paying $6.50 for a Big Mac Combo when you can get a Chipotle bowl for $8.00.
 
2014-01-24 06:58:00 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Don't ask me why, but the face on this Ronald doll from "Super Size Me" has always annoyed me sooooooo much. I don't know how physics can explain such a facial expression. It makes me hate the artist even more than the McD corporation.


Perhaps because depictions in drawings need not respect the laws of physics.
 
2014-01-24 07:06:41 PM  
I dunno.  Their fries are great at first the same way a little German porn is intriguing at the beginning, but by the end you feel like throwing up from the fries and the girls put on strapons and try to peg you.

What I"m saying is, don't eat fries in the bathroom of a German McDonald's.
 
2014-01-24 07:07:12 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: FTFA: McDonald's earnings were about flat at $1.4 billion for the three months that ended Dec. 31. Earnings per share totaled $1.40, a penny more than Wall Street expected. The opening of new locations lifted revenue 2 percent to $7.09 billion, shy of the $7.10 billion analysts expected.

OH NOEZ! The stockholders are getting rich, but not obscenely richer! DO SOMETHING!


The biggest stockholders of traded corporations, by far, are pension funds etc belonging to millions of ordinary working people. Truck drivers, retail workers, construction workers and so on.

Do you have a pension? Do you want it to make enough money to let you afford to live when you retire?
 
2014-01-24 07:12:56 PM  
McDonald's is simply too big. It is in a very competitive segment, and should act like a utility (lower growth expectations and hike the dividend) rather than a growth company.

If they don't, expect to see McDonald's try to grow through major acquisitions. That isn't good for anybody except senior management.
 
2014-01-24 07:20:19 PM  

vudukungfu: Yeah, when you walk in you smell grease.
When you walk out, YOU smell like grease.

No worth it, not even at drive through.


Bull. shiat.

McDonald's regular menu, unlike other national fast food chains, includes grilled chicken salads with under 300 calories (the lowest-calorie dressing available, the balsamic vinaigrette, adds 30 calories more), large grilled chicken wraps with as few as 360 calories, breakfast sandwiches made with egg whites, sugar free coffee flavoring, sliced apples and the (admittedly somewhat high in sugar) oatmeal and fruit parfait. It's entirely possible to get a variety of reasonably healthy food at McDonald's.
I eat at McDonald's probably five times a week and it wasn't all that long ago that the pants I was wearing were 30" larger than the ones I'm wearing now. I know I can stop at a McD's anywhere in the US and I will have a variety of options that work within my self-imposed dietary limitations.

I have no association with McDonald's except that I give it some credit in the success of my weight loss and maintenance.
 
2014-01-24 07:32:26 PM  

dumbobruni: If they don't, expect to see McDonald's try to grow through major acquisitions.


They tried that with Chipotle.  Sold their majority stake back in 2006.  Probably regretting that now.
 
2014-01-24 07:33:52 PM  
invest in McDowells
 
2014-01-24 07:33:57 PM  
Well, TFA says they've added a new marketing person. That will fix my problem with eating there.
 
2014-01-24 07:36:06 PM  

likefunbutnot: vudukungfu: Yeah, when you walk in you smell grease.
When you walk out, YOU smell like grease.

No worth it, not even at drive through.

Bull. shiat.

McDonald's regular menu, unlike other national fast food chains, includes grilled chicken salads with under 300 calories (the lowest-calorie dressing available, the balsamic vinaigrette, adds 30 calories more), large grilled chicken wraps with as few as 360 calories, breakfast sandwiches made with egg whites, sugar free coffee flavoring, sliced apples and the (admittedly somewhat high in sugar) oatmeal and fruit parfait. It's entirely possible to get a variety of reasonably healthy food at McDonald's.
I eat at McDonald's probably five times a week and it wasn't all that long ago that the pants I was wearing were 30" larger than the ones I'm wearing now. I know I can stop at a McD's anywhere in the US and I will have a variety of options that work within my self-imposed dietary limitations.

I have no association with McDonald's except that I give it some credit in the success of my weight loss and maintenance.


That would be a great response if the things you listed are all they offered, or were at least ordered by the average person on even a semi-regular basis.

But none of that is true.  The place smells like grease, and you smell like grease.  You just don't notice it anymore, the same way a smoker doesn't know they stink.
 
2014-01-24 07:37:06 PM  

likefunbutnot: I eat at McDonald's probably five times a week and it wasn't all that long ago that the pants I was wearing were 30" larger than the ones I'm wearing now.


Seeing as how on a mature male with a regular frame, a 26" inch waist indicates an Auschwitz candidate and a 56" inch waist means you're about to die from your heart exploding from pumping all of the grease through your veins...  Care to restate that?
 
2014-01-24 07:44:35 PM  

exvaxman: Bring back the tallow fries.


actually, they might do well by bringing back ALL of the ingredients and cooking mehods from 40 years ago.  It wouldn't be much unhealthier but would taste far better.

McD's may have to have customers sign a legal wavier over their deep fried cherry pies.
 
2014-01-24 08:01:58 PM  
Way more options, more people trying to eat healthy/cheap, and all the local ones have piss poor service (especially the one I've dubbed the "Murder McDonalds" because of that time a guy got shot for honking his horn, thinking it was the shooter's car and not the piss poor service that was slowing things up).

There.  Market research done, McD.  Now pay me what you were about to pay your consultants to tell you the same thing but with buzzwords and technical jargon.
 
2014-01-24 08:39:09 PM  

Dallymo: Whatthefark: I had a craving to McD's a few months ago. I got one of their "New and improved Quarter Pounder!" deals.
The meat had absolutely no flavor. It was the worst burger I've had in ages, and these were new and improved.
The next day I drove the extra two blocks to Burgerville (a regional burger chain that uses local organic meat) and that actually tasted like a burger.
Fark McDonald's.

Plus Burgerville lowered their price for the Tillamook Cheeseburger.  Still more expensive than a McDonalds burger, but ten times better.

/"Inconveniently located for most of America"


They also brew iced tea multiple times a day so it's always fresh. Their Walla Walla onion rings are pretty damn good too.

/now I want a Tillamook Cheeseburger and iced tea.
 
2014-01-24 08:40:45 PM  
The people that work there cant afford to eat there.

Thats just sad.
 
2014-01-24 08:55:54 PM  
What do you expect from a corporation so petty-minded that they would drop Heinz ketchup simply because it's new CEO used to work for Burger King?
 
2014-01-24 09:01:58 PM  
I will buy 5 $1.00 menu items in exchange for Ronald performing 69 on my ex-wife. AND I get the video rights.
 
2014-01-24 09:16:11 PM  
Locally, here's how McDonald's could increase sales, at least to my average white family.
STOP farkING UP SIMPLE ORDERS.
A Quarter Pounder with cheese =/= a 10 piece McNugget.
McRib meal =/= Grilled chicken McWrap.

I'll give you one more hint. If somebody orders drinks, they might want a farking straw to go with it.

There. Free market research for you.
 
2014-01-24 09:23:49 PM  

buzzcut73: Locally, here's how McDonald's could increase sales, at least to my average white family.
STOP farkING UP SIMPLE ORDERS.
A Quarter Pounder with cheese =/= a 10 piece McNugget.
McRib meal =/= Grilled chicken McWrap.

I'll give you one more hint. If somebody orders drinks, they might want a farking straw to go with it.


As a co-worker once said when I was complaining about the staff at Arby's farking up my order:  Exactly what kind of intelligence and service capability do you think you get for the wages they pay?
 
2014-01-24 09:25:42 PM  
The stuff they serve in other countries doesn't suck nearly as bad. Israeli mcdonalds is pretty good. Japan and India seem to have decent food too. You'd think the food they make in the country where they started would be better.
 
2014-01-24 09:28:13 PM  

valkore: likefunbutnot: I eat at McDonald's probably five times a week and it wasn't all that long ago that the pants I was wearing were 30" larger than the ones I'm wearing now.

Seeing as how on a mature male with a regular frame, a 26" inch waist indicates an Auschwitz candidate and a 56" inch waist means you're about to die from your heart exploding from pumping all of the grease through your veins...  Care to restate that?


I'm a mature adult male. 34 years old, 5'6", 135 lbs, 28 inch waist. I'm skinny but nowhere close to looking like an Auschwitz candidate. I even eat at McDonalds once or twice a week.
 
2014-01-24 09:30:16 PM  
Well, I hope they shut down.  All those minimum wage workers unemployed!  Yummy!!
 
2014-01-24 09:39:37 PM  
FTW:
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Three times the taste, half the cost.

McDonald's sucks. Tried it a couple of months ago, and it was beyond lousy. Flavorless patties looking like a parody of the Joke burgers used in the "Where's the beef" commercials of the 80s.

Rally's has Brownie Batter shakes for a limited time. Yum. I just want to see the Prime Rib burger return soon. I miss the Philly Cheesesteak Burger - an idea so good, Hardees/Carl's Jr copied the idea, but some Rally's exec is so stupid, they squashed it in favor of yet another Philly Cheesesteak sub offering, which I can get everywhere. Ah well, can't have everything.
 
2014-01-24 09:39:47 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: buzzcut73: Locally, here's how McDonald's could increase sales, at least to my average white family.
STOP farkING UP SIMPLE ORDERS.
A Quarter Pounder with cheese =/= a 10 piece McNugget.
McRib meal =/= Grilled chicken McWrap.

I'll give you one more hint. If somebody orders drinks, they might want a farking straw to go with it.

As a co-worker once said when I was complaining about the staff at Arby's farking up my order:  Exactly what kind of intelligence and service capability do you think you get for the wages they pay?


So what you're saying is, if they paid better, they may attract higher quality employees, and thus not piss customers off enough to stop going to their establishment, which costs sales in the long run.

Nope, the shareholders would never believe that. The answer is cut staffing and wages as much as possible. That will surely increase sales.
 
2014-01-24 09:48:23 PM  

valkore: dumbobruni: If they don't, expect to see McDonald's try to grow through major acquisitions.

They tried that with Chipotle.  Sold their majority stake back in 2006.  Probably regretting that now.


And Donatos Pizza and Fazolis.
 
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