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McDonald's Reacts to the Latest Coronavirus Surge

The chain won't be adding dine-in service for at least 3 weeks

(Newser) - McDonald's is hitting the brakes on its US reopening plans as the coronavirus surges across the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The megachain issued a statement Wednesday saying restaurants won't be told to add dine-in service for the next three weeks. Takeout, delivery, and drive-thru service, however,... More »

Lawsuit: McDonald's Gave Workers Doggie Diapers for Face Masks

Workers infected with coronavirus are suing Oakland franchise

(Newser) - Health authorities have said there is a certain amount of leeway in what materials can be used for face coverings—but they have never suggested using doggie diapers or coffee filters, as workers at a McDonald's in Oakland, Calif. say they were told to. Four workers who were infected... More »

Cop Makes Tearful Plea Over McDonald's Order

Stacy Talbert worried about what was in her food

(Newser) - A police officer made an emotional video after waiting for a McDonald's breakfast sandwich that never seemed to come, Newsweek reports. The Georgia officer—identified by Heavy as Stacy Talbert—was near tears as she grew nervous over what might be in her food. "It doesn't matter... More »

McDonald's Is Making Dozens of Changes

Guide to reopening restaurants is 59 pages long

(Newser) - "We only get one chance to do this the right way," states a McDonald's guide to reopening its 14,000 US restaurants for dine-in service. The 59-page guide seen by the Wall Street Journal lists dozens of changes restaurants must implement "in addition to state and... More »

Cops: Booted From McDonald's, Guy Throws Rock, Steals Panties

Jason Daddario, 37, was charged with criminal mischief and breach of peace

(Newser) - A man who'd been kicked out of a McDonald's restaurant for having no face mask threw a rock through the window, stole some underwear from a Walmart, and surrendered when police threatened to set a dog on him, authorities said. The AP reports that Jason Daddario, 37, was... More »

Cops: McDonald's Workers Shot Over Virus-Closed Dining Area

3 employees injured in shooting, scuffle in Oklahoma City

(Newser) - Two employees of a McDonald's in southwest Oklahoma City were shot Wednesday in what authorities described as a dispute involving the closure of the restaurant's dining area. A third employee who fell and suffered a head injury during the scuffle was also taken to hospital, per KOCO . Oklahoma... More »

McDonald's Sorry for 'Supersize Lack in Judgment'

Humps in golden arches practiced social distancing in some parts of world before outcry

(Newser) - Several weeks into the coronavirus outbreak , the term "social distancing" is falling off of everyone's lips as easily as "TGIF" (btw, is it Friday yet? Does it even matter anymore?). Now the concept has wormed its way into one of the world's fast-food institutions. Around the... More »

McDonald's Closing Its Dining Rooms

Chain shutters dine-in, play areas for company-owned sites in US amid coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - Parents hoping to ease the stress of being cooped up at home during the novel coronavirus outbreak can still treat the kids to Happy Meals—but in many cases, they won't be able to enjoy their fast-food repasts in the restaurants themselves. The chain announced Monday it will be... More »

McDonald's Just Spread Some More 'Big Mac Love'

Welcome the Double Big Mac and Little Mac

(Newser) - The Double Big Mac has arrived. The four-patty burger, dressed like your usual two-patty Big Mac, will be added to the McDonald's menu at participating restaurants for a limited time beginning Thursday, CNN reports. The Double Big Mac—not to be confused with the Grand Mac —has long... More »

Joey Chestnut Crushes Big Mac Eating Record

He gobbled 32 burgers in 38 minutes

(Newser) - Competitive eating juggernaut Joey Chestnut smashed the world record for eating Big Macs Thursday—and lived to tell the tale. "I'm having a cheat day," he declared before eating 32 Big Macs in 38 minutes in a video he posted on social media. He admitted he was... More »

Wendy's Adds Breakfast, and McDonald's Takes a Shot

'National Egg McMuffin' day coincides with rival chain's rollout

(Newser) - For those who like their breakfast fast-food-style, these next few weeks should be good times. Wendy's rolled out a breakfast menu nationally on Monday, and rival chains are expected to cut costs and offer special deals as a way to keep regulars on board. Coverage:
  • Big money: Wendy's
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These Candles Are for Hard- Core McDonald's Fans Only

6-pack of custom-scented candles smell like a Quarter Pounder when all burned together

(Newser) - You know that heavenly smell of hamburger that wafts into your car as you're on the McDonald's drive-thru line? You can have that all day at home now, thanks to a new product offered by the fast-food chain. The Quarter Pounder Scented Candle Pack advertised on the restaurant'... More »

McDonald's 'Declared War' on African Americans: Suit

It claims racial discrimination turned 'overt' under former CEO

(Newser) - Two black executives at McDonald's are suing the company they say has "declared war against the African American community." Vicki Guster-Hines and Domineca Neal claim discrimination in their demotions from vice president to senior director positions in Dallas in 2018, per the Guardian . But they also say... More »

Officer No Longer With Force After Coffee Cup Hoax

He claimed 'f---ing pig' was written on cup

(Newser) - A small-town police officer in Kansas is off the force because of a weird hoax involving a coffee cup. Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday said Monday that the officer resigned after confessing that he had falsely claimed a McDonald's in Junction City gave him a coffee cup with the... More »

McDonald's Drive-Thru Customer Has Chilling Message for Workers

Woman mouthed 'help me,' employees took action

(Newser) - Thanks to quick-thinking McDonald's workers that ABC News calls "servers turned saviors," a woman who stopped in at one of the chain's California restaurants may have been saved from a dangerous situation. Per KABC and a Facebook pos t by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's... More »

Every McDonald's in This Nation Shuttered for 2 Days

After 2 teen employees were electrocuted in Lima, Peru

(Newser) - Every McDonald's in Peru shut down for two days this week to mourn two teen workers who died while working a night shift over the weekend. The bodies of 18-year-old Gabriel Campos Zapata and Alexandra Porras Inga, 19, were found by emergency workers in the Lima restaurant Sunday morning.... More »

Fired McDonald's CEO Will Get $670K Golden Handshake

Company's top HR exec is also leaving

(Newser) - Fired CEO Steve Easterbrook is getting a golden handshake from the Golden Arches. The McDonald's CEO will receive around $670,000 from the company, which is half his annual salary. But according to a separation agreement filed Monday, Easterbrook will forfeit almost $22 million in unvested stock options, USA ... More »

McDonald’s CEO Is Fired Over Consensual Relationship

Steve Easterbrook was ousted on Friday

(Newser) - Steve Easterbrook was CEO of McDonald's on Friday. Now he's out of a job after the company caught him having a consensual relationship with a colleague, the Wall Street Journal reports. Easterbrook didn't publicly disagree: "This was a mistake," he said in an email to... More »

He Was Ready to Place His Order. Then He Saw 'Disgusting' Decor

Erik Pocock says McDonald's Halloween stickers showed hanging that resembled lynching

(Newser) - A McDonald's in Massachusetts has put out an apology after catching flak for gruesome Halloween decor that some say looked uncomfortably like a lynching. Today reports on customer Erik Pocock's visit to a North Andover restaurant on Oct. 22, where he spotted a set of seasonal stickers depicting... More »

McDonald's, Beyond Meat Team Up on Meatless Burger

The 'PLT' will be available only in Canada for now

(Newser) - McDonald's is taking a big step toward joining the meatless bandwagon. The chain said Thursday it will test a meatless burger in a partnership with Beyond Meat, reports Reuters . However, US patrons will have to wait to taste what's being called the "PLT"—plant, lettuce, and... More »

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