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June 27, 2021

Fake Journalism.

The internet has completely ruined journalism. In the beginning, news websites were extensions of print publication, and the same journalism standards applied to both print and online. 

While we still have a few such websites there are now cloud-only news websites with no terrestrial connection and few concerns about journalism standards. An example would be the article below about State Farm and McDonald's and their agents and franchisees published by the very liberal and anti-business "Business Insider".

The website starts off with the premise that anyone who doesn't fully support the behaviors of the transgender community is an ignorant luddite who hates anyone who's different. Then their researchers and reporters went on the hunt for big brands who might have supported opposition to transgenders running wild, ruining women's sports, and sharing women's locker rooms and bathrooms.

Apparently the "hater hunt". produced no big brand connection but did find that the State of Arkansas recently passed a law limiting the activities of transgenders. That gave them the opportunity to bully and punish the legislators who voted for the passage of the bill. They developed a list of donors to these legislators. Among the names are franchisees of State Farm and McDonald's.

The message being, the big brands should get their franchisees in line with the liberal agenda or Business Insider will assume the political activities of a few local franchisees represent the position of the entire brand.

In this case, McDonald's Corporation did the right thing by not responding to Business Insider. No one in business should talk to or work with Business Insider. To do so is to cavort with your enemy.

June 26, 2021

Strawless in Milwaukee

Having spent years sailing the waters off the California coast I, like any seafarer, hates to see trash in the ocean. But I still don't understand how a McDonald's straw form Wisconsin can make its way to Catalina Island.

 It's the customers who don't like the straw ban - McDonald's Owner/Operators qouted

June 22, 2021

Former CEO Blowing Whistle

"It demands that a small group of investors and CEOs determine what’s good for society, rather than our democracy at large. This new trend has created a major cultural shift in America."

Vivek Ramaswamy is the founder and executive chairman of Roivant Sciences.

 Woke Inc: How corporate America is poisoning society

June 17, 2021

McCEO Reveals His Liberal Agenda

 McCEO says:

"McDonald’s executives will speak out when they think an issue directly impacts the business. Recent issues included Black Lives Matter, climate change and the U.S. Capitol violence on Jan. 6, he said."

But in the next paragraph of the article he says, “we are a non-political organization. We don't pick sides."

However, the three issues he mentions in the previous paragraph (Black Lives Matter, climate change and the U.S. Capitol violence on Jan. 6) will be central planks in the democrat party platform in the 2022 and 2024 elections!

That's picking sides.

This guy wants to be a political power player of some type and he intends to fund a campaign with McDonald's shareholder's and McDonald's franchisee's money.

And drive away a lot of McDonald's customers.

5 things from McDonald’s CEO at CNBC Evolve summit -NRN reports

June 15, 2021

It's Burger King Against the Christians

"The brand posted it would donate 40 cents up to $250,000 for every sandwich sold this month to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group in the U.S. In that message, there was an “(even on Sundays)” comment that sent the news viral. It came a week or so after The Daily Beast released a story that reported the Equality Act, a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community in most settings, was being railed against by the National Christian Charitable Foundation. Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is one of the biggest donors of the organization."

 Magazine reports

 

June 14, 2021

Where's The McCurb Appeal?

In the real estate business, we depend on curb-appeal to cause potential buyers to slow down when they see our sign in a front yard, maybe stopping long enough to write down the realtor's phone number or website address. Or, with an open house to come inside.

Quick Service Restaurants need a different kind of curb-appeal. Customers have to make split second decisions on which parking lot to turn into. This is why QSRs were so garish in the 1950s and it's still important today. The entire building should say, "Welcome, Come in, it's fun in here".

The McDonald's pictured below has all the curb appeal of a mausoleum.

We shouldn't expect to attract kids and families to a Playplace in a Darth Vader building.

Maybe this is a trend in Chicagoland but it's a mistake in America. 

 


June 4, 2021

Turmoil @ Tyson

 

Five CEOs in five years? Another company struggling for direction after the people who built the business are no longer around.

Tyson Foods CEO steps down - Food Dive