Thursday, October 22, 2015


Thought of the Day

No… what really killed McDonald’s market position was selling out to liberal pressure groups.
I think the beginning of the end can be traced back to 2002 when they buckled to pressure from health nuts and changed the oil they used to make their french fries, cutting the dreaded trans-fats. They tinkered with the formula again in 2007 but it was never the same. Are any of you old enough to remember the original McDonald’s fries? Those things were like crack in a cardboard cup. I could eat two large orders by myself because They… Were… Awesome. Were they good for you? Obviously not. But that’s not why we bought them. It’s not Ronald McDonald’s responsibility to keep you healthy, it’s yours. When they changed the fries they were just awful and I didn’t order them nearly as often.

Jazz Shaw, on why Micky Ds is floundering (Truth to Power)

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Yes. Once they ruined the fries there was little point in going there.

McD's was the absolute best at what it was: a tasty, no frills, basic meal, quick and cheap. They surrendered to the health nuts and destroyed the company. Sure, people still go there, but it's a corruption of what it was.

I grew up on McD's hamburgers sold under the Golden Arches WITH NO INDOOR SEATING. Before they got fancy, heh.

In southeast Michigan, the only real competition to McD's early stores was Big Boy's (awesome fried onion rings.)

I also remember the orange roofs of Howard Johnson's restaurants, and the appearance of Holiday Inns, both of which transformed driving vacations.

Ah, the days of yore. When life was simple, and we were, too. :-)
I should amend that. I think I had my first McD's hamburger when I was in high school. We drove there sans parents, that's my big clue.
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