Union Slams 'Greedy' McDonald's
26th September 1996
The longest-ever British court case, involving two environmental activists and the McDonald's Corporation, is in its final stages, with a verdict expected at the beginning of the New Year, writes Jim Carey. After more than two years of intensive cross-examination, Mr Justice Bell will decide whether criticisms published in a 'What's Wrong With McDonald's' pamphlet have been legally proven. Regardless of the verdict, the libel trial has provided a unique on-the-record examination into the environmental impact of the world's largest fast-food business.
A 'classy' prostitute: "I don't deal with the McDonald's end of the market."
Saturday 16th November 1996
"McDonald's is the only place in the town centre where you can have a piss in the afternoon."
13th November 1996
"I've kept the seat as a souvenir, I'm rather attached to it."
Gary Foxley, who was stuck to a toilet seat in McDonald's for five hours after youths smeared it with superglue.
David Ward (Regional Communications Officer of McDonald's UK) to Richard Tassell of the East Grinstead Coalition Against the McDonald's Plan, when asked when the McDonald's drive-thru is due to be opened: "You're one of those London Greenpeace bastards. I don't have any obligation to speak to you."
WEBBING THE BARRICADES [excerpt]
by Garret Keogh
NOTES & QUERIES
Question: Which countries do not have any McDonald's restaurants?
Answers so far include:
- India & Nepal do not have McDonald's because the Hindu faith prohibits the eating of cow produce. I doubt Libya has any. Iraq, Iran, North Korea and other anti-American states are probably McDonaldless.
- Afghanistan has yet to succumb to McDonaldism.
- McDonald's head office in London says they operate in 91 countries. There are 121 other countries in the world.
The following is a reply from the McLibel Support Campaign - expected publication of this column is Wednesday next week.
McDonald's don't have 'restaurants' in any countries. Because of the synthetic, unhealthy character of their products - which are high in fat, sugar and salt, and low in fibre and vitamins - and the emetically garish interior, I don't think any McDonald's outlet can be called a 'restaurant'. Incidentally, there are approximately 25 countries in which people are actively campaigning and protesting against McDonald's.
McLibel Support Campaign
5 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DX
Tel/Fax 0171 713 1269
November 1996; Net
McDonald's/Gateway2000 Ad Campaign
[Details of McDonald's and Gateway pact ensuring the portrayal and use of dead animals continues in mainstream media]
Big Mac Turn-Around: Third Time Lucky
Cornwall News; UK
[McDonald's finally get planning go ahead - but only on advice from barrister]
Army Gives Big Mac Its Marching Orders
Evening Standard; UK
21st November 1996
[McDonald's jams the airwaves]
"MoD pulls plug on McDonald's radio"
Thursday 22nd November 1996
Staff at the McDonald's drive in restaurant did not have a nice day when the men from the ministry arrived to pull the plug on their new system.The radio headsets were delivered to the fast-food outlet just a few weeks ago, but it is understood the Dutch manufacturer had not checked whether they could cause interference with other British channels.
There were claims today that the radio sets had interfered with the military channels - and left puzzled soldiers from the Garrison getting orders for Big Macs and fries.
A spokesman for McDonald's today said restaurant staff had been shocked when ordered to stop using the radios, but stressed they have received no complaints about the radio headsets from the Garrison.
"The Radio Communications Agency called in to see us on Tuesday and asked us to stop using a particular frequency for our radio, system so we did," he added.
A spokesman for The Radio Communications Agency said "The equipment was unlicensed and operated on frequencies which interfered with other users."