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Customer Sues Over McDonald's Hepatitis Exposure

More than 1K customers possibly put at risk by infected employee

(Newser) - Would you like fries with your contagious liver infection? The operators of a New York McDonald's have been sued after as many as 1,000 customers were possibly exposed to hepatitis A earlier this month, Reuters reports. Last Friday, the Seneca County Health Department confirmed a worker with hepatitis... More »

Cruel Trick on Homeless Man Gets McDonald's Worker Fired

Detroit employee offered man a sandwich, then threw water on him in viral video

(Newser) - Viral videos can entertain, surprise, and, in this case, get a McDonald's worker fired. A disturbing NSFW clip recorded by a customer at a Detroit Mickey D's shows an employee working the drive-thru window, luring a homeless man he calls Willie over by holding up a sandwich and... More »

McDonald's Adds Butter, Snaps 2-Year Earnings Skid

Chain credits menu changes for uptick

(Newser) - McDonald's sales just snapped a two-year losing streak, edging up at US locations during the third quarter. Sales rose 0.9%, while globally they rose 4%, and the company expects the trend to continue in the final quarter. As a result, shares jumped nearly 7% to $109.40, striking... More »

All-Day Breakfast Is Ruining Lives of McFranchisees

They call it 'erratic, distorted, disorganized'

(Newser) - We're a little over a week into McDonald's' all-day-breakfast gambit , and many franchisees already feel afternoon Egg McMuffins are as bad for their restaurants as they are for your gastrointestinal system, Business Insider reports. An analyst interviewed 29 McDonald's franchisees owning approximately 226 restaurants—about 1.6%... More »

What Made It Into Mickey D's All-Day Breakfast and What Didn't

You're out of luck, McGriddles lovers

(Newser) - The highly anticipated all-day breakfast menu at McDonald's is debuting nationwide Tuesday, but not everyone's morning favorites have made the cut, ABC News reports. Those who are jonesing for the chain's hash browns, hotcakes, fruit and yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, and sausage burritos are in luck—as are... More »

Pic of McDonald's Worker's Kindness Will Make Your Day

Disabled man's plea for help brought out the best in Kenny Soriano-Garcia

(Newser) - When Destiny Carreno stopped at a McDonald's in downtown Chicago during rush hour one evening last week, an elderly man in a wheelchair approached one of the registers and simply asked, "Help me, please." It turns out he needed help cutting his food and eating, and "... More »

McDonald's Franchisees No Longer Loving It

Menu changes are increasing lines and expenses for restaurant owners

(Newser) - Kale , McGriddles, yogurt parfaits, antibiotic-free chicken, a sexy Hamburglar . McDonald's has tried all these and more in recent years to shore up lackluster sales. But not only have these attempts largely failed, they're beginning to alienate the company's 5,000 franchisees, whose restaurants bring in one-third... More »

We Don't Have Enough Eggs for McD's Menu Change

Prices were already at an all-time high

(Newser) - Starting next month, McDonald's customers will be able to munch Egg McMuffins all day long —until the eggs run out. Bird flu has killed off tens of millions of laying hens this year, driving egg prices to an all-time high and creating a shortage that will only be... More »

McDonald’s Changing Menus in a Big Way

All-day breakfast starts next month

(Newser) - The tests apparently went well . In what the Wall Street Journal calls the company's "biggest operational change in years," McDonald's will begin serving all-day breakfast starting October 6. Franchisees voted in favor of the move, which will require not just overhauled menus but overhauled logistics—the... More »

McDonald's Makes Big McMuffin Change

Breakfast items now made with real butter

(Newser) - More change at McDonald's: The chain has made a big change to how it cooks items, including McMuffins and biscuits, ditching liquid margarine for real butter, reports CNBC . Sources say the change is happening at restaurants nationwide once they exhaust their supplies of liquid margarine, and signs are being... More »

Fast-Food Fantasy Come to Life? the 'McWhopper'

This could be happening if Burger King gets its wish to team up with McDonald's

(Newser) - Imagine Ronald McDonald and the Burger King monarch working the grill together for one glorious day. That's BK's proposal to its No. 1 rival, put forth on its , which suggests the two fast-food foes team up on Sept. 21 to create a sandwich by that very... More »

'Quarter Pounders' Are No Longer Quarter Pounders

McDonald's quietly beefs up burger

(Newser) - The McDonald's Quarter Pounder, aka the "Royale With Cheese," no longer lives up to its name: According to its website, the chain has upped the beef content to 4.25 ounces, which shrinks to a little over 2.8 ounces after cooking, reports CNBC . Whether the price... More »

McDonald's New Menu Item: 'Lettuce' Burger

It's part of new burger-building option

(Newser) - McDonald's has become the latest fast-food chain to offer a bunless burger and the bread replacement is something a lot healthier than the fried chicken in KFC's Double Down: lettuce. The "lettuce burgers" have been introduced as part of the chain's "Create Your Taste" burger-building... More »

Parents: McDonald's Minion Toy Has Potty-Mouth

Some claim they hear WTF

(Newser) - McDonald's says some customers have complained that a talking toy included in recent Happy Meals uses a vulgar phrase: WTF, only not abbreviated. The fast-food restaurant introduced a Happy Meal on July 3 with toys inspired by the movie Minions, and reports started trickling out after that of parents... More »

McDonald's US Store Count to Shrink for First Time

Rep says move should help prepare for future growth

(Newser) - McDonald's will close more US locations than it opens this year for what the AP reports is "the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever." While it isn't clear how many of the chain's 14,300 American stores will close, a rep... More »

Ex-Obama Spokesman Gibbs Is Now a Fast-Food Honcho

He'll run global communications for McDonald's

(Newser) - From the White House to the ... golden arches? Former Obama spokesman and adviser Robert Gibbs is now in charge of global communications for McDonald's, reports Politico . CEO Steve Easterbook explains that Gibbs, who left the White House in 2011, brings “experience and outside perspective to McDonald’s as... More »

McDonald's Is Changing How It Preps Its Buns

Fasten your seatbelt: the toasting times, they are a-changing

(Newser) - McDonald's has floated some pretty radical changes in its apparently relentless zeal to reboot , or as CEO Steve Easterbrook puts it, the chain's "recommitting to hotter, tastier food." The latest is literally "hotter," but not so radical: As Time reports, the chain will begin... More »

No More Big Macs for Gitmo Inmates in Lawyer Meetings

Food during Guantanamo legal consults forbidden for 'health,' 'safety' reasons

(Newser) - Guantanamo Bay inmates accustomed to snacking on falafel, hummus, and kebabs—as well as fare from the on-base Pizza Hut or Mickey D's—brought in by their legal teams during visits will now have to confer on an empty stomach. In a "procedural modification" to existing rules about... More »

Man Sues Over 'Unreasonably Dangerous' McNugget

Zebadiah Anderson said it landed him in the ER

(Newser) - "The Subject Chicken McNugget constituted an unreasonably dangerous product when put to use for which it was intended." So read court documents filed yesterday by Zebadiah Anderson in relation to a nugget he consumed at a Chicago McDonald's in May 2013. The Cook County resident claims that... More »

McDonald's Is Actually Testing Kale

And the Hamburglar is back after biding his time in the suburbs

(Newser) - McDonald's is bringing back the Hamburglar, but maybe they should rename him the Kale Kidnapper: The company announced yesterday that nine locations in California are testing breakfast bowls that include kale, reports Reuters . The chain poked fun at kale in an ad earlier this year , declaring it would never... More »

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