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(The Sun (Ireland))   Sure their food can still barely be called real food, but this is the swankiest McDonald's restaurant you've ever seen. Even the homeless who probably live in the bathrooms will agree   ( thesun.ie) divider line
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2017-11-10 03:17:42 AM  
CSB:

It was March or April 2003, and the gf and I were visiting some friend up in Canada. We drove all night, and as dawn slowly broke we found ourselves in the great white north. A couple of hours over the border we decided to stop for breakfast, at a McDonald's.

This place was part of a huge truck stop that at the time was essentially empty except for us and the employees. The men's restroom was the largest and cleanest I'd ever seen at a McDonald's, and I had it all to myself.

There were at least half a dozen divided lines for customers to organize in to get up to the counter. Or in this instance, at least three lines per customer.

I remember staring at the menu board for a time, trying to figure out what was wrong, until I finally figured it out: there were no biscuits. Everything was on English muffins. Truly we were in the North.

But eventually we decided on our (non-biscuit!) breakfast choices and proceeded to the register. After ordering I produced my greenbacks from my wallet and the employee said, "Oh, Americans!" After a button or two was punched we watched the price we had already considered reasonable fall dramatically. I had no complaints.
 
2017-11-10 05:32:00 AM  

Sid_6.7: CSB:

It was March or April 2003, and the gf and I were visiting some friend up in Canada. We drove all night, and as dawn slowly broke we found ourselves in the great white north. A couple of hours over the border we decided to stop for breakfast, at a McDonald's.

This place was part of a huge truck stop that at the time was essentially empty except for us and the employees. The men's restroom was the largest and cleanest I'd ever seen at a McDonald's, and I had it all to myself.

There were at least half a dozen divided lines for customers to organize in to get up to the counter. Or in this instance, at least three lines per customer.

I remember staring at the menu board for a time, trying to figure out what was wrong, until I finally figured it out: there were no biscuits. Everything was on English muffins. Truly we were in the North.

But eventually we decided on our (non-biscuit!) breakfast choices and proceeded to the register. After ordering I produced my greenbacks from my wallet and the employee said, "Oh, Americans!" After a button or two was punched we watched the price we had already considered reasonable fall dramatically. I had no complaints.


Indeed , cool story bro
 
2017-11-10 05:54:23 AM  
My wife and I went to London in the mid 1990's. It was early December. We get off the Gatwick Express at Victoria Station and are greeted by a guy selling gas ranges ("cookers"), "Would you like a British Gas Board mince pie?"

We tried hard to avoid American restaurant brands. But one evening we were walking near the Tower of London and needed a restroom ("loo"). So we went into McDonald's. Kind of feeling obligated, we went to order something. I got coffee ("dark battery acid"), but noticed that they had a seasonal offering: Mince pies, in the same shape and box as the apple pies are sold in the U.S. ("the colonies").
 
2017-11-10 06:59:55 AM  

Unobtanium: My wife and I went to London in the mid 1990's. It was early December. We get off the Gatwick Express at Victoria Station and are greeted by a guy selling gas ranges ("cookers"), "Would you like a British Gas Board mince pie?"

We tried hard to avoid American restaurant brands. But one evening we were walking near the Tower of London and needed a restroom ("loo"). So we went into McDonald's. Kind of feeling obligated, we went to order something. I got coffee ("dark battery acid"), but noticed that they had a seasonal offering: Mince pies, in the same shape and box as the apple pies are sold in the U.S. ("the colonies").


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2017-11-10 07:28:34 AM  
I don't know, subby, the McDonalds just outside the Biltmore is pretty swanky.
 
2017-11-10 07:34:09 AM  
I saw a story about the McDonald's outside the Biltmore estate in North Carolina that is very fancy. It has a fireplace and a guy that plays the piano. They even bring your meal to the table after you order it.
 
2017-11-10 09:10:44 AM  
Subby obviously hasn't actually eaten at a McDonalds, ever.
 
2017-11-10 09:18:16 AM  

Sid_6.7: CSB:

It was March or April 2003, and the gf and I were visiting some friend up in Canada. We drove all night, and as dawn slowly broke we found ourselves in the great white north. A couple of hours over the border we decided to stop for breakfast, at a McDonald's.

This place was part of a huge truck stop that at the time was essentially empty except for us and the employees. The men's restroom was the largest and cleanest I'd ever seen at a McDonald's, and I had it all to myself.

There were at least half a dozen divided lines for customers to organize in to get up to the counter. Or in this instance, at least three lines per customer.

I remember staring at the menu board for a time, trying to figure out what was wrong, until I finally figured it out: there were no biscuits. Everything was on English muffins. Truly we were in the North.

But eventually we decided on our (non-biscuit!) breakfast choices and proceeded to the register. After ordering I produced my greenbacks from my wallet and the employee said, "Oh, Americans!" After a button or two was punched we watched the price we had already considered reasonable fall dramatically. I had no complaints.


Not to nitpick but why do you yanks think you can use your money in a foreign country? My son works in a restaurant & has had to explain to many a 'merikun that they're in a different country with its own currency.
 
2017-11-10 09:18:51 AM  
In civilized countries you can have nice things like that.  Here, that place would be trashed within a month and several lawsuits filed from people falling down the stairs.
 
2017-11-10 09:37:46 AM  
oldfarthenry:   Not to nitpick but why do you yanks think you can use your money in a foreign country?

Because there are plenty of foreign countries so poorly run that people prefer and gladly accept American dollars.
 
2017-11-10 10:03:33 AM  
But, you're still stuck with only having McD's food to choose from.
 
2017-11-10 10:29:23 AM  

oldfarthenry: Not to nitpick but why do you yanks think you can use your money in a foreign country? My son works in a restaurant & has had to explain to many a 'merikun that they're in a different country with its own currency.


Because you usually can, and often at a better exchange rate than the official one.
 
2017-11-10 10:43:14 AM  

oldfarthenry: Not to nitpick but why do you yanks think you can use your money in a foreign country?


Because it's a reserve currency that's trivially exchangeable in almost all nations?

\Canucks can usually use Loonies well past the American border
\\The coins are almost universally accepted in the US
 
2017-11-10 10:58:26 AM  

Bruce Campbell: I don't know, subby, the McDonalds just outside the Biltmore is pretty swanky.


groppet: I saw a story about the McDonald's outside the Biltmore estate in North Carolina that is very fancy. It has a fireplace and a guy that plays the piano. They even bring your meal to the table after you order it.


I see my work here is done.
 
2017-11-10 10:59:40 AM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: oldfarthenry:   Not to nitpick but why do you yanks think you can use your money in a foreign country?

Because there are plenty of foreign countries so poorly run that people prefer and gladly accept American dollars.


Ecuador straight up uses US dollars are their currency.
 
2017-11-10 11:23:45 AM  

SomeAmerican: oldfarthenry: Not to nitpick but why do you yanks think you can use your money in a foreign country? My son works in a restaurant & has had to explain to many a 'merikun that they're in a different country with its own currency.

Because you usually can, and often at a better exchange rate than the official one.


True. Often going and using USD at a place is far cheaper than exchanging either in the US or the destination beforehand, regardless of daily exchange fluctuations.  Does make you look like a bit of a berk, though.
 
2017-11-10 11:37:35 AM  
At the Florence, Italy, train station there are two McDonalds in a row.  Turns out one is a McCafe restaurant that even has a full bar.
 
2017-11-10 11:50:34 AM  

oldfarthenry: Sid_6.7: CSB:

It was March or April 2003, and the gf and I were visiting some friend up in Canada. We drove all night, and as dawn slowly broke we found ourselves in the great white north. A couple of hours over the border we decided to stop for breakfast, at a McDonald's.

This place was part of a huge truck stop that at the time was essentially empty except for us and the employees. The men's restroom was the largest and cleanest I'd ever seen at a McDonald's, and I had it all to myself.

There were at least half a dozen divided lines for customers to organize in to get up to the counter. Or in this instance, at least three lines per customer.

I remember staring at the menu board for a time, trying to figure out what was wrong, until I finally figured it out: there were no biscuits. Everything was on English muffins. Truly we were in the North.

But eventually we decided on our (non-biscuit!) breakfast choices and proceeded to the register. After ordering I produced my greenbacks from my wallet and the employee said, "Oh, Americans!" After a button or two was punched we watched the price we had already considered reasonable fall dramatically. I had no complaints.

Not to nitpick but why do you yanks think you can use your money in a foreign country? My son works in a restaurant & has had to explain to many a 'merikun that they're in a different country with its own currency.


Username checks out, get out more gramps.
 
2017-11-10 12:08:35 PM  
Subby probably eats his burger and fries with a knife and fork.
 
2017-11-10 12:15:50 PM  

oldfarthenry: Not to nitpick but why do you yanks think you can use your money in a foreign country? My son works in a restaurant & has had to explain to many a 'merikun that they're in a different country with its own currency.


I usually pay with Chicken McNuggets.  Is that wrong?
 
2017-11-10 12:23:32 PM  
Ah....but do they have Dan Cortese playing the piano and paying tribute to old commercials?

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2017-11-10 12:24:30 PM  
I love the exceptionalism in this thread.
YOUR MONEY IS THE MOST COUNTERFEITED CURRENCY IN THE WORLD!
NO FOOD FOR YOU FATTIES IF THE QUEEN AIN'T ON THE GREEN!
 
2017-11-10 12:33:20 PM  
The one in La Vache Noir in Arcueil is just as nice (minus the fancy exterior), although it's in a shiat part of Paris.
 
2017-11-10 12:33:45 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Because there are plenty of foreign countries so poorly run that people prefer and gladly accept American dollars.


well yeah, when you just hand it to them. What are they going to do, refuse it? You're an American.

This text is now purple: Because it's a reserve currency that's trivially exchangeable in almost all nations?
\Canucks can usually use Loonies well past the American border
\\The coins are almost universally accepted in the US


Not where I shop in Montana. They won't even take Canadian pennies if they catch you trying to pass them. And not in upper Michigan either. So no.
Lazy cashiers will pretend they don't see the stuff and use it, but they're not supposed to accept it.  Not any more than they'd like to take my other foreign money.
 
2017-11-10 12:38:28 PM  

oldfarthenry: I love the exceptionalism in this thread.
YOUR MONEY IS THE MOST COUNTERFEITED CURRENCY IN THE WORLD!
NO FOOD FOR YOU FATTIES IF THE QUEEN AIN'T ON THE GREEN!


This post is senseless
 
2017-11-10 12:40:49 PM  

johnny_vegas: oldfarthenry: I love the exceptionalism in this thread.
YOUR MONEY IS THE MOST COUNTERFEITED CURRENCY IN THE WORLD!
NO FOOD FOR YOU FATTIES IF THE QUEEN AIN'T ON THE GREEN!

This post is senseless


Compared to what - your presidential choices?
 
2017-11-10 12:47:14 PM  

oldfarthenry: johnny_vegas: oldfarthenry: I love the exceptionalism in this thread.
YOUR MONEY IS THE MOST COUNTERFEITED CURRENCY IN THE WORLD!
NO FOOD FOR YOU FATTIES IF THE QUEEN AIN'T ON THE GREEN!

This post is senseless

Compared to what - your presidential choices?


Sick burn bro, go ahead and explain your post.
 
2017-11-10 12:47:51 PM  

oldfarthenry: I love the exceptionalism in this thread.
YOUR MONEY IS THE MOST COUNTERFEITED CURRENCY IN THE WORLD!
NO FOOD FOR YOU FATTIES IF THE QUEEN AIN'T ON THE GREEN!


American Exceptionalism = the false belief that America is unique in the history of the world

Belief that you can use US $s in most countries = an absolutely true fact having nothing to do with entitled attitudes and everything to do with merchants wanting US $s

Countries where merchants accept US $s: most of North and South America, most of Europe, most of Africa, most of South East Asia
 
2017-11-10 01:03:45 PM  
We're quite proud of our local two-story Hardees.  
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2017-11-10 01:50:58 PM  
oldfarthenry:

Not to nitpick but why do you yanks think you can use your money in a foreign country?

Because I could, and did?
 
2017-11-10 02:03:13 PM  

oldfarthenry: Not to nitpick but why do you yanks think you can use your money in a foreign country?


I just love seeing their faces when they get their first glimpse of REAL money.
 
2017-11-10 05:45:19 PM  
No, they just laugh and send this signal: Give the ignorant farktards the stale burgers from this morning, they don't have enough functioning brain cells to matter.
 
2017-11-11 01:28:25 AM  

oldfarthenry: I love the exceptionalism in this thread.
YOUR MONEY IS THE MOST COUNTERFEITED WIDELY ACCEPTED AND DESIRABLE CURRENCY IN THE WORLD!


Sorry nobody cares about your country or money. At least the fishing is good up there.
 
2017-11-11 05:17:55 AM  
The McDonalds here takes Czech crowns, USD and Euro. GBP are notably absent even though there are fark ton more Brits than Americans here.

Guys from my office went to Poland for business last week (a neighboring country). They received their per diem in Euros because the finance controller couldn't be bothered to go exchange for Zloty.

USD are accepted worldwide. Sorry, not sorry.
 
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