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Wendy's Hit by Huge Credit Card Hack

Almost 1 in 5 outlets nationwide affected

(Newser) - Wendy's has apologized and offered help to customers affected by a massive cyberattack that has affected nearly one in five of its restaurants nationwide. The company says credit and debit card data was stolen by malware in payment terminals at 1,025 US locations, all of them franchisee-owned, Restaurant ... More »

Coming Soon: Wendy's Self-Serve Kiosks

Thanks to minimum wage increases

(Newser) - By the end of the year, Wendy's plans to have self-service kiosks available in all of its US restaurant locations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The fast food chain made the decision after New York and California passed legislation that will eventually raise minimum wage to $15 per hour... More »

Cops: Woman Bites Wendy's Worker Over Wrong Order

She apparently didn't want the spicy chicken

(Newser) - A Wendy's order that was either changed at the last minute or wrong ended up with a wounded manager and an arrested customer Monday night in Richmond, Va., WTVR reports. According to what the worker told cops, 25-year-old Lovely Robinson had placed an order at the drive-thru and was... More »

Guy 'Pranks' Wendy's Drive-Thru With 3-Foot Gator

Joshua James now in jail over October stunt

(Newser) - Wendy's does not accept alligators for payment, FYI. That's something 23-year-old Joshua James learned Monday when he was arrested for allegedly throwing a three-and-a-half-foot gator into a drive-thru window in Loxahatchee, Fla. Police say James found the gator on the side of a road and threw it into... More »

Why Wendy's Spent 3 Years Looking for Blackberries

It hopes to compete with fast-casual eateries' fresh ingredients

(Newser) - Finding 2 million pounds of blackberries is no easy feat. "It's been a slow, painful journey for us," says the procurement boss at Wendy's. "We spent 14 months scavenging around the industry, looking at more suppliers than we ever have." The number actually topped... More »

Dozens Busted in 'Fight for $15' Fast-Food Protests

Demonstrators nationwide demand $15 an hour

(Newser) - Dozens of protesters have been arrested in at least two cities so far today during nationwide protests seeking $15 an hour for fast-food workers, reports the AP . At least three people in McDonald's work clothes in New York's Times Square and about two dozen demonstrators at a Detroit... More »

Fast-Food Workers Plot New Strike, Civil Disobedience

Many ready 'to do whatever it takes' for $15-an-hour wage

(Newser) - As fast-food workers battle for a $15-an-hour wage, they're getting ready to strike this week—and get arrested if they have to. McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's employees are among those planning a protest on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports, and the effort will include broad civil... More »

Cops TV Crew Member Killed in Police Shooting

Robbery suspect also shot dead at a Wendy's in Omaha

(Newser) - Another high-profile police shooting is in the news, this time because a crew member of the reality TV show Cops got killed while filming it. Omaha police also killed a robbery suspect at a Wendy's restaurant during last night's shooting, reports the Omaha World-Herald . It all unfolded as... More »

America's Worst Burgers Found At...

McDonald's, per 'Consumer Reports' subscribers

(Newser) - Love biting a McDonald's burger? Then you're likely not a Consumer Reports subscriber. Some 32,405 subscribers weighed in on their experiences at 65 fast-food and fast-casual chains, and they handed McDonald's the title of worst-tasting burger (on a scale of 1 to 10, the chain's... More »

Where Fast-Food Chains Began

'Mental Floss' recounts original locations of McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and more

(Newser) - Can you imagine a time when Pizza Hut was actually a single hut? Neither could we, but the folks over at Mental Floss compiled a great list of the original locations of a variety of fast-food chains that have since swept across the globe, assimilating all before them in Borg-like... More »

Fast Food Strikes Return as Wage Debate Looms

Obama speaks up in favor of minimum wage hike

(Newser) - Fast food workers in 100 cities will walk off the job today, and protesters will show up in 100 more to call for drastically higher wages for the nation's lowest-paid workers. The movement started with a small strike in New York City last year, and has ballooned since, with... More »

'Gourmet' Grub Slowing Down Drive-Thrus

You want a 12-ingredient menu item, you'll have to wait for that

(Newser) - As fast food menu items get increasingly "gourmet"—or at least complex—drive-thru windows are getting slower, according to a report from a fast-food industry trade publication. The QSR Magazine annual study also found that McDonald's had its worst year yet, with customers waiting an average of... More »

First the Taco Bell Licker, Now This at Wendy's


(Newser) - If you thought gross fast-food-worker images started and ended with the Taco Bell licker , brace yourself for the latest photo, which seems to show a Wendy's employee dispensing ice cream directly into his mouth. The image was posted to Reddit yesterday, along with this quip: "I was going... More »

'Chili-Finger Lady' Heads to Prison for Another Lie

Anna Ayala lied about son's shooting

(Newser) - A Northern California woman sentenced to four years in prison for planting a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili is going back behind bars for creating another tall tale, this one about a shooting involving her son. The so-called Chili-Finger Lady, Anna Ayala, was arrested in October... More »

McDonald's Is Most Visited Business in America

Nearly half of US consumers visited at least once last month, says study

(Newser) - Just how popular are the golden arches? So popular that nearly half of US consumers visited them last month, according to a new study spotted by the Consumerist . The study, from the new Placed Insights service, sought to determine which businesses Americans visit most. Fast food dominates the list, but... More »

McDonald's Sales Take First Dip in Almost a Decade

Company cites competition, lower demand

(Newser) - Mark it on your calendar, folks: October 2012 was the month Americans finally got sick of McDonald's. OK, that might be overstating it, but last month broke a nearly decade-long winning streak for the golden arches, as same-store sales fell 2.2%, their first drop since 2003, the Chicago ... More »

Wendy's Gets First New Logo in 30 Years

But freckled, pigtailed redhead is still there

(Newser) - Wendy's is unveiling a new logo for the first time in almost three decades—but don't worry, it still features the familiar redheaded girl with the freckles and pigtails. The logo, which will officially launch in March, is part of an attempt by the fast-food chain to infuse... More »

Wendy's Debuts $16 Caviar Burgers

Sorry, they're only in Japan

(Newser) - Bacon and cheese too old-hat for you? Wendy's has a solution: Its new burger toppings include caviar and lobster. Unfortunately, you'll have to head to Japan to sample the offerings, and you'll have to do it quickly—the burgers are part of a limited-time offer. They follow... More »

Prefer Dunkin Donuts? You Might Be a Republican

Are you Team Subway or Team Wendy's?

(Newser) - If you love BMWs, Dunkin' Donuts, and Subway, you just might be a Republican. Democrats, meanwhile, prefer Jeeps, Starbucks, and Wendy's, a study finds. Researchers clocked 4,000 people's reactions to various brands to the millisecond, and found a divide between left and right, ABC News reports. "... More »

Burger King Tries to Sell Healthier Image

But those salads still aren't good for you, says blogger

(Newser) - Burger King overhauled its menu this week and is selling smoothies, wraps, and new salads as part of a push to woo women and families. The makeover comes after Burger King dropped to third place in the fast-food rivalry last year, trailing McDonald's and—for the first time ever—... More »

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