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#115628 - 11/12/03 12:09 PM Re: McSeasonal
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In Paris, I walked right past half a dozen McPoison outlets with out ever realising that I was doing so. Nice to see the golden arches subdued ...


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#115629 - 11/12/03 12:13 PM Re: McSeasonal
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>In Paris, I walked right past half a dozen McPoison outlets with out ever realising that I was doing so.

And I spent nearly an hour and a half actively looking for the McD's in Venice (hoping that it would have handy tourist maps like the one in Florence), and must have walked past it more than once. The arches were only on a portable sandwich board.


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#115630 - 11/12/03 01:36 PM Re: McSeasonal
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Oh, my math was ok--but my reading was not. I misinterpreted the 12,000,000 as belonging to McDonald's. Just as of troy noted, the 12 mil were for restaurants at large, and that makes sense. And it makes sense that one in twenty-five would work at some restaurant.

So, I do apologize for misterpreting that reading.

(Math: 12,000,000 divided into the 300,000,000 population would be 25, or 1 in 25 (as I mentally calculated) employed by restaurants, not surprising at all; but 1 in 25 employed by McDonald's is what I thought when first reading the information.)


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#115631 - 11/12/03 06:27 PM Re: McWho?
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Loc: Hawaii, USA
My son was the only American working at the McD in Slough, shortly after it opened in the early 1980s. I think it was about this time that the franchise really took off in the UK, producing a McD at Marble Arch, amongst other notable locations. Around 1973, while stationed in Spain, we went on leave to London, and at that time there was only one McD in the entire country. I don't recall the location, but we spent the better part of a day hunting it down.


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#115632 - 11/13/03 01:17 AM Re: McWho?
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In reply to:

I don't recall the location, but we spent the better part of a day hunting it down.


Why?

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#115633 - 11/13/03 08:10 AM Re: Graft
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yes, dody, 'graft and coruption' are code word of offering and recieving bribes, both are crimes.

not always the case with some actions, ie, during prohibition, selling alcohol was a crime, but buying it wasn't!--or was it the other way round?--no, i am sure its the first.. illegal to brew, transport or sell.. so when a 'speakeasy' was busted, only the owner (if he could be found) and the bartenders were 'criminal'--all the patrons got off scot free-- and went off to another speakeasy.

i don't know how long graft has =bribery in US, but it does.



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#115634 - 11/13/03 07:42 PM Re: Graft
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Registered: 08/27/02
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Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Why look for McD's in Paris?
Because the tea is hot and as good as any resaurant but doesn't cost $4. and because the washrooms are free and clean. I will admit to using more McD's than I have eaten in.
For all their bad press tho they do support some good charities better than the better restaurants do.


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#115635 - 11/13/03 08:46 PM Re: McWho?
JohnHawaii Offline
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Registered: 01/17/03
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Loc: Hawaii, USA
"I don't recall the location, but we spent the better part of a day hunting it down.

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"Why?"

In 1973, McD had not yet become universally despised for its corporate success and the caloric content of its food. It represented a bit of home to Americans serving overseas.


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#115636 - 11/14/03 02:55 AM Re: McWho?
dxb Offline
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Registered: 03/06/02
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Loc: UK
A slight diversion from an early Goonshow (radio of course – the TV versions were total disaster). I *always think of this when someone mentions burgers.

Harry Secombe, I think, was telling the tale of a middle European country with a revolting population. The ruling family had been the Eidelburgers for generations past and now the people wanted a change – they didn’t want an Eidelburger on the throne any longer …. Oh well, I liked it. Perhaps you had to be there.



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