WBEZ | McDonald's http://www.wbez.org/tags/mcdonalds-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lee/Mannheim Rd, Des Plaines: Photo of the Day - April 22, 2013 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/photo-day/2013-04/leemannheim-rd-des-plaines-photo-day-april-22-2013-106768 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jknecht/8666950434/in/pool-32855810@N00/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/POTD_LeeManheim%20Rd%2C%20Des%20Plaines.jpg" title="Lee/Mannheim Rd, Des Plaines (Flickr/J.Knecht)" /></a></div></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/photo-day/2013-04/leemannheim-rd-des-plaines-photo-day-april-22-2013-106768 The pointless boycott http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/pointless-boycott-104561 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5101399_62ae450468.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Tiger Mask" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7611763020019411">I used to date a guy who absolutely, positively would </span>not shop at The Gap. He simply thought it was evil, to the point that if we were shopping together and I wanted to pop in, he would wait outside the entire time. I found this boycott pretty dumb considering that he did patronize Banana Republic and Old Navy (all part of the same company), but he held firm. The Gap was bad for reasons he could not articulate and he would not shop there.</div><p><br />We broke up (unrelated to this) and now I am married to a man who feels similarly about McDonald&rsquo;s. No real explanation why &mdash; he will eat at Arby&rsquo;s, Burger King, Wendy&rsquo;s, any old fast food crap out there when the time calls for it &mdash; but not Micky D&rsquo;s, and, like with the other guy, has no particular explanation why. This perturbs me as sometimes (especially in the morning) I think McDonald&rsquo;s is the only option. Last summer we went on a road trip and were about to make separate fast food lunch runs: me to McDonald&rsquo;s, him to Subway (which I boycott myself but for a very good reason: the food has a bland taste in my mouth when I eat it) when we compromised on Sonic and neither of us was happy.<br /><br />But I am not immune to the steadfastness of the pointless boycott. Last week I asked a girlfriend what she had on her Christmas list, and she said she was hoping to receive some clothes from Lululemon, the ladies&rsquo; workout gear store.<br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t shop there,&rdquo; I said. &ldquo;And I don&rsquo;t really have a good reason for it.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;I know why,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the symbolic clothing of rich stay-at-home moms who have extra money to blow on designer exercise clothing.&quot; Which was kind of a sick burn aimed at herself.<br /><br />&ldquo;Not really,&rdquo; I said.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not as deep as that, and if it were, I wouldn&rsquo;t diss my friend like that by saying I thought she looked like an idle jerk. I happen to like workout clothes from Nordstrom and a company called Athleta (owned by the evil Gap) and they&rsquo;re really no different that I can tell from Lululemon. It&rsquo;s just that I have decided that this is going to be the one, really stupid and specific way I will resist a particular lady clothing tide. It&rsquo;s not them or their corporate practices or their clientele or their product; it&rsquo;s me. I am somehow different and unique this way. A special snowflake, you know?<br /><br />So, what have you got? What are companies that you refuse to patronize for no good reason?</p></p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/pointless-boycott-104561 Micky D's...the D is for Defribillator http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/micky-dsthe-d-defribillator-102675 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5232980362_62de3bfd83_z.jpg" style="float: left; height: 225px; width: 300px; " title="(Flickr/Michael Newman)" />&quot;As a culture, we&rsquo;re impatient with bothersome facts that impede our path to&nbsp;immediate gratification,&quot; said actress and writer Robyn Okrant at <em>The Paper Machete</em>. &quot;Not even the wise old owl could wait to find out the exact&nbsp;amount of licks it takes to get the center of a Tootsie Pop.&nbsp;Numbers bog us down. They cramp our style.&quot; Most specifically, numbers like those that <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/business/mcdonalds-to-start-posting-calorie-counts.html">McDonald&#39;s is being required to post</a>, explaining the calorie counts of their food. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><div><em>Breaking news. McDonald&rsquo;s isn&rsquo;t the bastion of healthy eating that we&rsquo;ve been led&nbsp;to believe. No, no, it&rsquo;s true. Sit back down. Hear me out.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Last week, &nbsp;all McDonald&rsquo;s restaurants posted calorie counts for its dangerously&nbsp;addictive food (I use the term &ldquo;food&rdquo; loosely, but the term &ldquo;dangerously addictive&rdquo;&nbsp;literally). In this selfless, humanitarian display of concern for unhealthy American&nbsp;diners, Micky D&rsquo;s menus now lists calories for every food and beverage item, in&nbsp;hopes its ever-expanding customers don&rsquo;t plummet through the earth&rsquo;s crust. And&nbsp;by &ldquo;selfless humanitarian display of concern&rdquo; I mean they were mandated to do&nbsp;this by an Obama healthcare law which says all restaurants with more than 20&nbsp;locations must clearly post the nutritional facts about their food.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Chains like Panera, Outback Steakhouse, Panda Express (even Starbucks is not&nbsp;above this) will publicly disclose the eye-popping calorie totals of our favorite&nbsp;treats. Spoiler alert: When you see the calories for a Bloomin&rsquo; Onion, you&rsquo;re gonna&nbsp;</em><em>have a heart attack. Or you&rsquo;ll have one after you eat it. One way or another, you&#39;re going to&nbsp;have a heart attack.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>While the calorie posting regulation doesn&rsquo;t go into effect until later this year,&nbsp;McDonald&rsquo;s chose to be the pioneer of the nutritional disclosure frontier.&nbsp;Health-watchers ponder if posting nutritional facts will induce customers to make&nbsp;healthier choices. Didn&rsquo;t we know all along that burgers and fries are not&nbsp;a nutritious meal, but still ordered them anyway? I don&rsquo;t know the temperature of a&nbsp;lit match, but I do know not to put it in my eye.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Does the cold hard truth served up in the form of numbers really make a bit of&nbsp;difference to Americans? Let&rsquo;s ask all the semi-truck drivers who have gotten their&nbsp;rigs stuck under the overpass near my home. They read the clearance heights, but&nbsp;still chose to &ldquo;just go for it&rdquo; instead of choosing a sensible alternative.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Note: the audio for this piece mistakenly stated the current U.S. National Debt. It is $16 trillion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></div></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/micky-dsthe-d-defribillator-102675 Breakfast boosts McDonald's same-store sales worldwide http://www.wbez.org/story/breakfast-boosts-mcdonalds-same-store-sales-worldwide-86246 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-09/McDonald&#039;s Qatar_Getty_Sean Gallup.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Oak Brook-based McDonald's reported strong growth in April same-store sales figures on Monday.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The world's biggest hamburger chain reported a 4 percent increase in revenue at company-owned and franchised restaurants in the U.S.&nbsp;</p><p>Results were even better overseas.&nbsp; Sales of McDonald's McCafe drinks and breakfast items drove April revenues up 6 percent worldwide.&nbsp;</p><p>The figures are a snapshot of food revenue and don't include franchise fees and rents that make up part of McDonald's corporate revenue.</p><p>Revenue at stores open at least a year is a key gauge of a restaurant operator's health because it excludes results from stores opened or closed during the year.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/breakfast-boosts-mcdonalds-same-store-sales-worldwide-86246