McDonald’s may close dining rooms again due to rise in COVID-19 cases
McDonald’s may be closing its dining rooms doors yet again to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, according <a href="https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/national/2021/08/31/mcdonalds-may-close-dining-rooms-again-due-to-covid-spread/" target="_blank">to WDIV reporting</a>.
A Black former McDonald's manager was denied requests to avoid shifts with a coworker who repeatedly used racist language including the N-word, according to a lawsuit
His former supervisor said his hair was "unprofessional" and that she didn't like people "outside" of her race, the lawsuit says.news.yahoo.com
Maryland police kill man in 'armed standoff' at McDonald's
Police officers in Maryland fatally shot a 21-year-old outside a McDonald's restaurant after an “armed standoff,” the Montgomery County Police Department said in a news release Saturday. The shooting took place Friday night after police said officers responded to a call about a customer who had ordered food but was refusing to move through the drive-thru lane at the McDonald's in Gaithersburg, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Washington. Additional officers secured the area and evacuated McDonald's staff.news.yahoo.com
A woman was finally arrested after she stopped at a McDonald's drive-thru for chicken nuggets in the middle of a 2-hour police chase, report says
Johanna Gardell caused mayhem for two hours before she was arrested while ordering chicken nuggets at the McDonald's in Worcester, Massachusetts.news.yahoo.com
McPlant and more: Beyond Meat inks McDonald's, Yum deals
Beyond Meat on Thursday announced distribution agreements with McDonald's as well as with Yum Brands, the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Beyond Meat had limited partnerships with McDonald's and Yum Brands before, testing its products in limited geographies or with only an item or two. Chicago-based McDonald's will use the Beyond Meat partnership to roll out what it is calling the “McPlant” burger, as well as eventually plant-based pork, egg and chicken products. AdYum will use Beyond Meat to expand its “Beyond Fried Chicken” products, as well as pizza toppings at Pizza Hut. Burger King has partnered with Impossible Foods to provide products that use plant-based products as well.
Black franchise owner sues McDonald's, cites persistent bias
Washington, the Black owner of 14 McDonald's franchises in Ohio has sued the corporation in federal court asserting numerous instances of unfair treatment compared with white owners. “By relegating Black owners to the oldest stores in the toughest neighborhoods, McDonald’s ensured that Black franchisees would never achieve the levels of success that White franchisees could expect,” the lawsuit said. “Black franchisees must spend more to operate their stores while White franchisees get to realize the full benefit of their labors." He blames his advocacy on behalf of Black McDonald's owners for his troubles with the company. According to the lawsuit, the number of Black McDonald's franchise owners in the U.S. has fallen from 377 in 1998 to 186 today.
The Latest: Keselowski has no regrets about Daytona 500 end
Racers crash during the last lap in the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local):12:35 a.m.Brad Keselowski has no regrets about the way he handled the final lap of the Daytona 500. ___12:15 a.m.Michael McDowell won the Daytona 500 after Penske Racing teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski wrecked on the final lap. ___3:25 p.m.Derrike Cope was knocked out after only three laps, an ignominious end for the 62-year-old driver who won the 1990 Daytona 500. ___2 p.m.Bubba Wallace’s car failed inspection twice for the Daytona 500 and will have to start at the back of the field. AdWallace drives a new entry owned by NBA great Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.
Here’s how you can get a 25-cent milkshake at McDonald’s today!
ROANOKE, Va. – Some days we could all use a sweet treat as a pick-me-up. Today, Jan. 28, McDonald’s is offering those who order through its app a small milkshake for $0.25 with a minimum $1 purchase. Make sure you don’t just roll up to the drive-through window because you will need to first make the order in the McDonald’s app. So, if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, you can purchase two cookies for $1. Or, if you want some health value, why not go with apple slices for $1.19?
McDonald's US sales strong in Q4, but COVID drags elsewhere
U.S. same-store sales jumped 5.5% in the October-December period, pumped up by new menu items like spicy Chicken McNuggets and a meal deal collaboration with Colombian singer J Balvin. For the full year, McDonald's said U.S. same-store sales __ or sales at stores open at least a year __ were up less than 1%, their sixth consecutive year of growth. But worldwide, same-store sales were down 1.3% for the quarter, reflecting store closures and limited operating hours in various markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia. For the full year, global same-store sales were down 7.7%, a bigger decline than the 7% drop Wall Street had forecast, according to analysts polled by FactSet. Earlier this week, Starbucks said its global same-store sales fell 5% in the October-December period.
Beyond Meat shares plummet on weak 3Q, McDonald's questions
Beyond Meat's stock plummeted Monday after company executives struggled to explain the company's weaker-than-expected third quarter sales and answer questions about whether it will make plant-based burgers for McDonald's. On top of that, McDonald's raised questions earlier in the day about its relationship with Beyond Meat. McDonald's tested a Beyond Meat burger in Canada earlier this year, and Beyond Meat President and CEO Ethan Brown insisted that his company continues to work with McDonald's on the McPlant. Brown said U.S. retail sales of Beyond Meat slowed in the July-September period despite increased availability in stores. At the same time, Beyond Meat said sales to restaurants and other venues continue to struggle.
McDonald's cult classic, the McRib, is coming back
This photo provided by McDonald's shows the McRib sandwich. McDonalds announced that it was bringing its barbeque slathered sandwich with the cult following back for yet another run on Dec. 2. (McDonald's via AP)NEW YORK – McRib, the fast food sandwich that went viral before viral was a thing, is back. McDonald's announced Friday that for the first time in eight years it will be offering nationwide its barbeque slathered sandwich with the cult following. McDonald's is reintroducing the McRib nationally as it tries to regain its footing during the pandemic, which left many of its dining rooms sparsely populated or empty, though drive-thrus continued to operate.
Someone created a website that tracks broken ice cream machines at McDonald’s, and it’s genius
But alas, while you may have gotten your Big Mac or McChicken, the ice cream machine is yet again broken, and your McFlurry dreams have been crushed. Not only are you upset, but so are the kids in the back seat who just wanted an ice cream cone. If only there was some way you could have known the ice cream machine was down, so you could have gone to a different McDonald’s with a working machine. A version of this scenario inspired 24-year-old software engineer Rashiq Zahid to created McBroken, a new website that tracks whether the ice cream machine at every McDonald’s is working or not. Only a true @McDonalds fan would go to these lengths to help customers get our delicious ice cream!
Drive-thru dominates even as dine-in restrictions ease
In contrast, at overseas McDonald’s locations, where drive-thru windows are less common, same-store sales dipped compared with a year ago. Domino's said its same-store sales overseas climbed 6.2% as stores in hard-hit markets like India and Spain reopened and more business migrated to delivery. Nearly all U.S. McDonald’s have drive-thru windows and its delivery business is rising. When combined with international sales, McDonald's same-store sales fell 2.2%. Still, that was significantly better than the second quarter, when same-store sales fell 24%.
McDonald's internal investigation extends beyond ousted CEO
An internal investigation by McDonalds of potential misconduct has extended beyond its former CEO who was forced out late last year. After Easterbrook was became McDonald's CEO in 2015 he named Fairhurst, a friend, to lead the human resource department. Yet in July, McDonalds received information from another company employee suggesting that Easterbrook had multiple affairs with subordinates. The same person also told the company about issues within the human resources department. McDonalds named Heidi Capozzi, who had worked for Boeing, as human resources chief in March.
Warrants reveal suspect in fatal shooting at Roanoke McDonald’s near Berglund Center
ROANOKE, Va. – LATESTCourt documents reveal the suspect in a Roanoke shooting on Wednesday afternoon that left one man dead. 18-year-old Arieon Roane allegedly killed 21-year-old Sincere DeGroat in the parking lot of a McDonald’s near the Berglund Center, according to court documents. Warrants claim Roane and DeGroat met at the McDonald’s, got into an argument and then shot each other. UPDATEThe Roanoke Police Department announced the name of the man who was shot and killed Wednesday in a McDonald’s parking lot. ORIGINAL STORYOne person is dead and a second person was shot at the McDonald’s on Williamson Road on Wednesday afternoon.
McDonald’s will soon require customers nationwide wear a mask
ROANOKE, Va. – While Virginians already have to wear them, soon, McDonald’s customers across the country will be required to wear a mask as well. The fast-food giant announced on Friday that beginning, August 1, all customers will be required to wear some type of face covering while inside a McDonald’s. The company has developed a series of divider panels to allow for safer order taking and it’s pausing reopening its dining rooms for another 30 days. This means that the company will not approve the re-opening of any additional dining rooms for the next month. McDonald’s joins a large number of other national businesses that are requiring masks.
McDonald’s giving frontline workers free ‘Thank You Meals’ for two weeks
To show its thanks to frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic, McDonald’s is offering health care workers and first responders free “Thank You Meals” from April 22 to May 5. Each meal, whether you choose breakfast, lunch or dinner, is free through the drive-thru or carryout at participating McDonald’s. A note of appreciation will also be served alongside the food in its iconic Happy Meal box. The meal choice for breakfast includes an Egg McMuffin, Chicken McGriddles or a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit. “We are proud to be able support our neighbors who are on the frontlines as first responders and healthcare workers with Thank You Meals.”A valid ID will be required to claim the free meal.
Kyle Larson fired after sponsors drop NASCAR driver over slur
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As sponsor after sponsor dropped Kyle Larson after he used a racial slur during a live-streamed virtual race, his NASCAR team owner was backed into a corner. “I told Kyle he can come back from this; he can even come back from this with our team,” Ganassi told The Associated Press. Ross Chastain, under contract as a development driver for Ganassi, will likely replace Larson whenever racing resumes. “After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that it will end its relationship with driver Kyle Larson,” Ganassi said in a statement. Larson was thought to be deciding between Ganassi or a move to Tony Stewart’s NASCAR team.
NASCAR’s Kyle Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual race
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Kyle Larson gets ready to climb into his car to practice for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Kyle Larson used a racial slur on a live stream Sunday. The decision came hours after NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing suspended Larson indefinitely, his team doing so without pay. Larson was parked during the race Wallace quit a week earlier by iRacing officials for intentionally wrecking another driver. Larson, in his seventh full season racing at NASCAR's top Cup level, is in the final year of his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing. Larson used the slur during a race for fun against drivers from various series.
Well that’s one way to describe how big a hailstone is...
One storm moved through Jones County, dropping large hail near Jeffery Craig’s home in the Tuckers Crossing community. Storm Reports (3/4/2020) (WSLS)Yes, he used a McDonald’s sauce packet! Jeffery, by chance could you measure the length of that sauce packet? — NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) March 4, 2020Jeffery responded that the sauce packet measured 2.375 inches, so the NWS meteorologists concluded that the hailstone was close to tennis-ball sized, about 2.5 inches. While this is a hilarious way to send in a storm report, we suggest you use the typical objects to measure hail size the next time we see any in southwest Virginia.
How You Can Get a Hold of Nostalgic Toys Like Tamagotchi and Furby Again
The chain is reintroducing timeless toys that appeared in Happy Meals throughout the years to celebrate the childhood staple's 40th birthday. The current toys are being swapped for play things of old, like Furby, Hello Kitty and the beloved Tamagotchi. TamagotchiMcDonald'sWho didn't love to feed and care for their Tamagotchi in the 90s and 2000s? FurbyMcDonald'sA mini version of another Hasbro toy that most kid had the Furby will be available too. Hello KittyMcdonald'sThe Hello Kitty brand was an extreme craze in the 2000s, and in 2013, McDonalds introduced the Sanrio toy into their Happy Meals.
Hill City Scene: Eat & Shop, what more could you want?
Now if you're looking for the stew, don't get there too early as the stew isn't served until noon. If you can't get there early, don't worry, the event lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We'd love to start sharing your beautiful pictures of the Hill City each week in Hill City Scene. Want to know what else is happening in the Hill City? We'll see clouds in the Hill City this weekend.
Arizona boy calls police to order a McDonald's Happy Meal
A 5-year-old boy didn't have an emergency; he just wanted to order a Happy Meal from McDonald's. A Mesa police officer delivered the food in person to the child, along with some advice about the proper time to use 911. Randy Skabelund spoke to the dispatcher in a follow-up call to say there wasn't an emergency and his son Charlie must have had his cellphone. He brought the requested meal, took time to teach Charlie about when it's the right time to call police and even posed for a few photos. The boy's mother, Kim Skabelund, says Valdez handled the situation with "love and kindness."
Bad time to be a CEO: 170 top executives left last month
Those companies, and plenty more, saw their chief executives walk out the door just in the past few months, part of a record-breaking trend. That is up 14% compared to September and 15% more than the 149 CEO departures in October 2018. The report said most the CEO departures through October of this year -- 281 -- were from companies in the government and non-profit sector. The changes were prompted by "new legislation or political changes that influence leadership," the report said. The telecommunications and electronics sector was the second highest, with 188 departures, and financial companies had the third-highest number of CEO changes at 104.
McDonald's ex-CEO steps down from Walmart's board
(CNN) - Steve Easterbrook resigned from Walmart's board a day after announcing his exit from McDonald's. Easterbrook informed Walmart on Monday that he was stepping down from its board of directors effective immediately, according to a regulatory filing. The departure follows his dismissal as CEO of the fast food chain for having a consensual relationship with a McDonald's employee. Easterbrook joined Walmart's board of directors in 2018. Easterbrook had been McDonald's CEO since 2015.
McDonald's CEO out for violating company policy
(CNN) - Steve Easterbrook is out as McDonald's CEO and president after the board determined that he violated company policy, the company said on Sunday. Easterbrook, who became CEO in 2015, "demonstrated poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee," McDonald's said in a statement. He is replaced in both roles by Chris Kempczinski, who was most recently president of McDonald's USA, effective immediately. This is a developing story. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
McDonald's is bringing back retro Happy Meal toys
From McDonalds(CNN) - McDonald's Happy Meal might be for kids, but officially it's over the hill. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the company's first Happy Meal, the kids meal that helped McDonald's achieve fast food supremacy. Between November 7 through 11, McDonald's will sell a "Surprise Happy Meal" in 90 countries that will include the throwback toys. Some of the early Happy Meal toys included a McDoodler stencil, McWrist wallet and a spinning top. The addition inspired a line of Happy Meal toys modeled after the McNuggets.
America's biggest restaurant chains scored on their antibiotic use
(CNN) - Many of our favorite fast food and restaurant chains continue to contribute to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, according to a report released Thursday by advocacy groups. The report, called Chain Reaction V, focuses on antibiotic use in both poultry and beef food items. Thus advocacy groups have turned to some of the largest buyers of raw beef and chicken -- restaurants -- and asked them to use their purchasing power to force change. McDonald's is in the pilot phase of their commitment, Brook said, with plans to announce reduction targets by the end of 2020. "They're cutting one drug by 20% in less than a third of their beef supply.
McDonald's shares slip as competition heats up
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CNN) - Growth at McDonald's slowed in the third quarter, suggesting that the chain is feeling the heat from competitors who are getting aggressive on breakfast and plant-based menu items. To improve growth, McDonald's has been adding digital menu boards to stores, expanding delivery options and investing in AI tech for its drive-thrus, among other things. For instance, Wendy's is adding breakfast to its menu, investing $20 million and adding about 20,000 employees for the initiative. Others, like Burger King, are exploring plant-based menu options. McDonald's has plant-based options internationally and is testing a Beyond Burger in Canada, but has yet to test a meat substitute in the United States.
The McRib is back, but why doesn't McDonald's sell it year-round?
(CNN) - McDonald's McRib is back again. For example, when the weather turns colder, Starbucks customers habitually get excited about Pumpkin Spice Lattes. When Starbucks announced the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte last year, it also unveiled the Teavana Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte. And Chernev pointed out that seasonal menu items mean brands have something new to talk about every quarter. Hottovy explained that sales typically rise for a short time when companies unveil seasonal items.
McDonald's is bringing back its popular Donut Sticks
The burger chain is bringing back its popular Donut Sticks and introducing a cinnamon cookie latte, its first seasonal drink in five years. Donut Sticks, fried dough rods that McDonald's added to its menu earlier this year, are returning Nov. 6 and will be available for a limited time throughout the holiday season. The Donut Sticks come six or a dozen in a pack, and they will be served warm with cinnamon and sugar. The Donut Sticks were a hit for McDonald's when they sold them earlier this year, and the company reported strong first-quarter earnings partly because of the new and limited time item. It is McDonald's first seasonal drink since 2014, when it started selling the white chocolate mocha latte.
'OK' is now a hate symbol, the ADL says
The "OK" hand gesture is now a hate symbol, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. NEW YORK - The "OK" hand gesture is now a hate symbol, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL added that symbol along with several others on Thursday to its long-standing database of slogans and symbols used by extremists. The finger-and-thumb OK sign is universally known for meaning everything is all right or approval of something. Tarrant was pictured using the OK symbol during a courtroom appearance soon after his arrest.
Beyond Meat stock soars on McDonald's deal
But McDonald's is partnering with Beyond Meat on a plant-based burger in Canada. Shares of Beyond Meat surged 10% Thursday morning after McDonald's announced plans for a limited-time offering of a P.LT. Beyond Meat's stock, trading around $150, is now up about 500% from its initial public offering price of $25. It also has a deal with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons, which is also owned by Burger King parent Restaurant Brands. If Beyond Meat is able to land a broader deal with McDonald's, that would be a big win for the company as the plant-based burger business heats up.
Beyond Meat burger is coming to McDonald's
Chris McGrath/Getty Images(CNN) - McDonald's will begin testing a Beyond Meat burger, giving the plant-based meat craze a major endorsement. Some food industry insiders had speculated that McDonald's could partner with Nestle to bring a vegan burger to market in North America. Nestle made McDonald's vegan burger, the Big Vegan TS, in Germany, one of McDonald's top 5 international markets. The company said it's still in "learning mode," so it will review the test's results before adding the Beyond Meat burger elsewhere. So far, McDonald's plant-based burger sales have been limited.