Your kind of place?

Something weird is going on at McDonald’s and no one seems to notice it … except for editorial cartoonists:


From the Los Angeles Times:

After taking a major hit on social media for offering musicians free food instead of a paycheck, McDonald’s has turned about-face on its policy toward the bands that play its showcase stage at this year’s South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas.

The issue arose last week when Brooklyn band Ex Cops took to its Facebook page to complain that the fast-food giant had informed the group there would be no money for a performance on McDonald’s first sponsored showcase stage at the massive music-industry event.


From Slate:

McDonald’s just can’t catch a break. Last week, the company said same-store sales in the U.S. declined a full 4 percent in February. That followed a somewhat disastrous attempt to bring customers back to stores with an awkward “Pay With Lovin’ ” promotion, as well as the late-January resignation of CEO and longtime McDonald’s leader Don Thompson. In what seemed all but an outright admission of defeat, McDonald’s also said in its monthly sales report that it desperately needs to become a “modern, progressive burger company.”

 Now, the company is facing a slew of health and safety complaints from restaurant employees who say they suffered serious burns from hot grease and worked in hazardous conditions without proper safety gear. In one particularly stirring anecdote, an employee says she sustained a bad grease burn to her arm while taking food out of a fryer and was told by a manager to “just put some mustard on it” when she asked for first aid. Over the past two weeks, a total of 28 complaints were filed with federal and state regulators in 19 cities, according to Reuters.

I was at an airport yesterday and heard people complain about the service at the kiosk McDonald’s (order took forever, order was wrong, people at the counter were unorganized and surly).

But given the way McDonalds treats its employees (musical and otherwise), the only thing that came to my mind was, “What do you expect?”

Domino’s pizza and the GOP

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul explains it all to you (from the Hill):

“Remember Domino’s Pizza? They admitted, ‘Hey, our pizza crust sucks.’ The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African-Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans,” Paul said, according to The Hill.

Paul said that the party needs a makeover because “the perception is that no one in the Republican Party cares.”

If we go along with this train of thought, here’s something to consider. Domino’s solution was to change the pizza crust. A makeover, if you will.

Domino’s crust still sucks. So does the pizza.

Some things need more than just a makeover.(Oh, and notice how he didn’t refer to Papa John’s Pizza, which really sucks. Papa John’s owner lives in Kentucky and is a big donor to the GOP.)

What’s for breakfast?

xjmswbn8iiom9xbu2n6f-1That looks reasonable (click to enlarge):

It’s called The Hibernator, because of course it is, and they’re serving it at Bear Grills Cafe in Congleston, Manchester, England. …

It consists of eight rashers of bacon, eight sausages, four hash browns, four fried eggs, a four egg cheese omelette, four waffles, four pieces of toast, four pieces of fried bread, four black pudding, two ladles of beans, two ladles of tomatoes, mushrooms, a portion of large chips, and a two pint milkshake to wash it all down.

And at a mere 8,000 calories, it costs about $35.

Via Kitchenette.