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One Result of McDonald's Russian Closures: Tossed Food

Chain also continues to pay employees in Ukraine and Russia

(Newser) - McDonald's is losing a lot of money as a result of the war in Ukraine—$127 million in the last quarter, to be exact. The fast-food giant opted to close restaurants in Russia last month while continuing to pay its 62,000 employees there. In a Thursday call with...

That Drive-Thru Order May Contain More Than You Bargained For

Consumer Reports finds excessive amounts of 'forever chemicals' in some fast-food wrappers

(Newser) - You might want to dump those Mickey D's fries onto a plate as soon as you get home. Consumer Reports released an analysis Thursday on packaging at fast-food restaurants and supermarket chains, with a concerning find: Many of the wrappers that hold the fare we pick up at the...

Rapper Settles Beef With McDonald's Via Harsh New Arby's Ad

Pusha T says he didn't get paid enough for 'I'm Lovin' It' jingle; hence, the 'Spicy Fish Diss Track'

(Newser) - Not since Paul Marcarelli defected from Verizon to shill for Sprint has there been such a brand betrayal. In the early aughts, a one Terrence LeVarr Thornton (better known as rapper Pusha T) claims he penned McDonald's famous "I'm Lovin' It" jingle, and he apparently isn't...

American in Russia Has No Plans to Close His Papa John's

Colorado native Christopher Wynne owns company that oversees franchisees

(Newser) - Last week, Papa John's joined the companies that are suspending corporate ties with Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. As Fox Business reports, that means no "operational, marketing, and business support to, and engagement with, the Russian market." Russians themselves probably haven't noticed much of a...

More Major Brands Join Exodus Out of Russia

Pepsi. Coca-Cola, Starbucks, GE are suspending businesses

(Newser) - McDonald's, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and General Electric—ubiquitous global brands and symbols of US corporate might—all announced Tuesday they were temporarily suspending their business in Russia in response to the country's invasion of Ukraine. McDonald's said it will temporarily close 850 stores but keep paying its...

McDonald's Is Closing Its 850 Restaurants in Russia

After calls for a boycott, company decides to pause operations

(Newser) - Update: McDonald's, facing pressure including calls on social media for a boycott, says it is temporarily shutting down its operations in Russia. The company "has decided to temporarily close all our restaurants in Russia and pause all operations in the market," CEO Chris Kempczinski said in a...

Tiny Tech Startup Sues McDonald's for $900M

That’s how much Kytch says company could be worth if McDonald’s hadn’t sabotaged it

(Newser) - Some 11% of McDonald’s ice cream machines are out of service right now, including roughly 1 in 3 in New York City, according to (sponsored by rival Jack in the Box). This is normal. Last year Daily Dot reported the persistent issues have led to memes and...

Carl Icahn Takes On McDonald's Over Pig Treatment

Financier buys small stake, wants to make moves over its treatment of pigs used for pork

(Newser) - Carl Icahn holds a small stake in McDonald's, but the financier has two things he wants now that he's a player in the company's machinations: two people of his choice named to the Mickey Dee's board, as well as an improvement in how the company treats...

McDonald's Accidentally Creates a Crypto Coin

Mention of 'grimacecoin' does the trick

(Newser) - Life in the world of cryptocurrency: A tweet about one joke coin that evolved into a real one has inadvertently created a second joke coin that has done the same thing. It's all thanks to McDonald's and Elon Musk. On Tuesday, Musk issued a request to McDonald's...

Elon Musk Has an Offer for McDonald's

It involves dogecoin and a Happy Meal

(Newser) - Elon Musk is again touting dogecoin , this time calling on McDonald's to accept the cryptocurrency for payment. "I will eat a happy meal on tv if @McDonalds accepts Dogecoin," the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX founder tweeted Tuesday, per the Wall Street Journal . Hours earlier, McDonald's had...

McDonald's Restaurants Here Are Rationing Their French Fries

Flooding around Vancouver has delayed potato imports, triggering shortage in Japan

(Newser) - McDonald's Japan says recent flooding in Canada means it's now having to ration its french fries. The fast-food restaurant chain will block all sales of medium- and large-size fries for the remainder of the year, beginning Friday, according to a release. "Import delays have occurred for potatoes...

Ex-McDonald's Exec Hit With One of 'Largest Clawbacks' Ever

Steve Easterbrook is out $105M over sexual misconduct scandal

(Newser) - Steve Easterbrook just paid a hefty price for having sexual relationships with underlings while he was CEO at McDonald's. The 54-year-old has returned $105 million in salary and stock to settle a misconduct case with the company, reports Bloomberg . It amounts to what the New York Times calls "...

McDonald's CEO Apologizes After Parenting Comments

After two children were shot, Chris Kempczinski said their parents failed them

(Newser) - Update: He's sorry. The CEO of McDonald's is apologizing for comments in which he blamed bad parenting after two children were fatally shot in Chicago. The comments were "wrong—pure and simple," wrote Chris Kempczinski in an email to staff, per the Wall Street Journal . "...

For Man in Diabetic Shock, McDonald's Worker Knew What to Do

Michigan restaurant manager comes to the rescue of elderly customer with a sugar-loaded OJ

(Newser) - A scary bout with low blood sugar ended in relief for an elderly Michigan man thanks to a quick-thinking McDonald's worker last month. On Sept. 20, Sue Causey went to pick up her husband, 84-year-old Ron Causey, at a senior center in Southgate, where he'd been playing cards—...

McDonald's Is Phasing Out Plastic Toys in Happy Meals

Company wants to 'drastically' reduce use of plastic by 2025

(Newser) - McDonald’s plans to "drastically” reduce the plastic in its Happy Meal toys worldwide by 2025. The burger giant said Tuesday it’s working with toy companies to develop new ideas, such as three-dimensional cardboard superheroes kids can build or board games with plant-based or recycled game pieces, the...

Kiwis' Illicit Substance Was Finger Lickin' Good

2 accused of trying to transport KFC meal into locked-down Auckland

(Newser) - New Zealand police have arrested two men who allegedly tried to enter the locked-down city of Auckland with an illicit substance: takeout food. Specifically, they carried three buckets of KFC chicken, 10 containers of coleslaw, and a bunch of fries, in addition to $70,000 in cash and a stash...

Man Killed While Reaching for Dropped Card in Drive-Thru

He was reaching for it out his open door when his car rolled forward

(Newser) - A Canadian man died in a McDonald's drive-thru last Wednesday after he dropped his payment card on the ground. Tony Eyles, 42, opened his door to reach for it, but while doing so, his car rolled forward, CTV News reports. It hit a structural part of the restaurant, pinning...

FTC Is Investigating McFlurry Machines

Company accuses manufacturer of 'multimillion-dollar repair racket'

(Newser) - McDonald's notoriously finicky McFlurry machines may be in violation of antitrust law, Gizmodo reports, based on a new investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. The agency is investigating why the machines so often fail amid a legal fight between the manufacturer, which has a monopoly on repairs, and a...

Milkshake Shortage Blamed On COVID, Brexit Issues

A shortage of truckers in the UK is snagging McDonald's supply chain

(Newser) - People in the UK can’t get a McDonald’s milkshake, and Brexit and COVID share the blame. The fast food joint isn’t the only restaurant suffering supply chain woes; just the latest. "Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing some supply chain issues, impacting the availability of...

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Legal Fight Over McFlurry Machines Is Heating Up

'Right to repair' movement scores a win

(Newser) - A company that helps McDonald's franchise owners fix their McFlurry machines themselves has won a court victory that is being hailed as a win for the wider right-to-repair movement. As Wired detailed in a story earlier this year, Jeremy O'Sullivan and Melissa Nelson created a small Wi-Fi-connected device...

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