Ninety-five percent of the time McDonald's Corp. gets its way with McDonald's operators
As we've discussed many times OPNAD is the biggest bluff concerning McDonald's USA.
Another bluff concerns constant reinvestments. Most of corporate's methods concerning
food safety are a bluff (more on that later).
But the worst kind of bluff is forcing operators to do something that has no foundation in
the contractual relationship, but I already mentioned OPNAD.
The latest example has to do with the "Hardware Modernization Program".
As with most of McDonald's Corp. vendor relationship there is endless opportunity for graft
and corruption between McDonald's, their executives, the vendor, the vendor's people, and
the finance company.
But what really caught my attention is the statement that says, "If an owner/operator
declines to participate a $1,000.00/month ongoing penalty will be assessed".
Maybe every McDonald's operator in the country recently signed new, revised, franchise
agreements with McDonald's and I missed it. How does anyone have the contractual power
to levy fines on McDonald's Operators for not going along with an Oak brook program?
Where is that in your franchise agreement?
Does the NLC suddenly have to power to levy fines?
Like all arrangements between McDonald's and the vendors everyone benefits but the Operator.
And there's another concern, the McDonald's employees who came up with this assessment
may know nothing about the McDonald's franchise or contracts. Since McDonald's is now
run by people who know nothing about restaurant operations they apparently also know nothing about franchising.
McDonald's Operators should not be "bluffed" into spending money just because a McDonald's corporate employee says, "Write us a check".
Maybe I just need to be educated on these changes but until I am I'll remain shocked at the
audacity of McDonald's Corporation.