5 Best Apologies of the Week
Including one from McDonald's about a not-so-happy meal
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2015 11:38 AM CST
Frederick County Council member Kirby Delauter.   (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Bill Green)

(Newser) – Someone somewhere is always apologizing for something. Here are five from the week:

  • Use his name: "As I am an elected official, the Frederick News-Post has the right to use my name in any article related to the running of the county—that comes with the job. ... I'm not afraid to admit when I'm wrong."—Kirby DeLauter, lawmaker in Frederick County, Md., who had angrily demanded that the local paper get his permission before writing about him.
  • That's not a fry: "To make such cases zero is our goal. We are doing our utmost to tackle them, one by one."—Takehiko Aoki, McDonald's executive in Japan, apologizing after a tooth and pieces of plastic were found in french fries.

  • Who said that? “I apologize, and I am working with my editors to rectify the situation."—Dr. Ben Carson, conservative activist and potential presidential candidate, after BuzzFeed uncovered plagiarism in his book America the Beautiful.
  • Gandhi beer: "We apologize to any Indian people that find our Gandhi-Bot label offensive. Our intent is not to offend anyone but rather pay homage and celebrate a man who we respect greatly."—New England Brewing Company, whose cans with Gandhi on them didn't go over well with all.
  • Risque video: “I anticipated some ‘pedophelia!!!’ Cries for this video. All I can say is, Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play these two warring ‘Sia’ self states. ... My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody."—Sia, apologizing after criticism of her "Elastic Heart" video, which features Shia LeBeouf and 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler.