London Olympics Bans Non-McDonald's Fries
Fish and chips the sole exception
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2012 1:42 AM CDT
Updated Jul 12, 2012 3:00 AM CDT
This newly constructed McDonald's restaurant at the Olympic Park in east London is the biggest in the world, with space for 1,500 diners.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – Spectators at the London 2012 Olympics who want fries with that are going to have to go to McDonald's. The organizing committee has informed the 800 food retailers at 40 Olympic venues across Britain that the fast food chain's sponsorship deal gives it "sole rights to sell chips or french fries," the Daily Mail reports. An exception has been made for places serving fish and chips—but customers won't be allowed to order Britain's national dish without the fish.

"Heaven forfend you should try to ask for just the chips," writes Tom Chivers at the Telegraph. "I dare say they'll get one of the Eastern European hammer-throwers to hurl you bodily from the venue." But at least hungry spectators watching the world's fittest athletes won't have to wait too long for their fries: The world's biggest McDonald's will be open to serve them at London's Olympic Park.

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Jul 13, 2012 2:00 PM CDT
Oh God, McDonalds' fries are rubbish. Well the 2012 Olympics are looking to be far less than spectacular. Poorly organised security, that greatly increases the chance of a terrorist attack, & now this attack on ones appetite. The terror of fast food.
Jul 12, 2012 6:37 PM CDT
damn there goes the vacation again!!!!!!!!!!! i hate mcd they suck!
Jul 12, 2012 5:39 PM CDT
Doesn't say much for the 'quality' of McDonalds fries when the only way to ensure that people buy them is to ban the competition.