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The Horrors Of McDonald's - A $27 Billion Dollar Franchise, Ending Humanity, One Sandwich at a Time

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I can't ever imagine a time McD's will be in its "final days". It's guess everything comes to an end, but I don't think it's any time soon. I can see they're struggling, though..."breakfast all day"?

This is funny: I went to a drive-thru this morning at around noon, and got Egg McMuffins (not for me) - it was the first time in my life I've experienced the "breakfast all day."

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I can't ever imagine a time McD's will be in its "final days". It's guess everything comes to an end, but I don't think it's any time soon. I can see they're struggling, though..."breakfast all day"?

The article refers to a franchisee saying "The system may be facing its final days." - meaning the way McDonald's runs its franchise system, not the company itself. Headlines about McDonald's facing its final days get a lot more clicks than questions about McDonald's franchise system viability.

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I am deeply ashamed of myself. While on the road yesterday, coming back from Wintergreen, I stopped for gas. There was a McD's next door. I bought my 6 year-old daughter her first, and hopefully last, dog food burger.

I'm going to hell.

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I took Thèrése and Francine (my MIL and her sister, both from France, each around 80) for an Egg McMuffin two weeks ago (we were on the road, and Francine needed something to eat with a pill). :) They both finished their sandwich, and seemed to enjoy it along with splitting a hash browns (also enjoyed) and having an orange juice (not so much). They had also never been to a drive-thru before.

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I took Thèrése and Francine (my MIL and her sister, each around 80) for an Egg McMuffin two weeks ago (we were on the road, and Francine needed something to eat with a pill). :) They both finished them, and even seemed happy - they had never been to a drive-thru before.

McDonald's in France doesn't suck half as much as it does here.

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McDonald's in France doesn't suck half as much as it does here.

They were visiting me :), although we were in Arizona (my 80th birthday present to both of them).

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Look, pretty much everything on the menu kills you, but it's not like they haven't spent billions making sure it tastes damned good going down. Those fat and sugar taste buds are firing like machine guns from the first bite.

There will always be a need to be able to grab something quick and fast when you need to eat NOW, and we shouldn't feel guilty about needing to do that or even craving it every once in a while.

But if "every once in a while" is weekly or more often, especially with kids, you probably need to take a harder look at your lifestyle priorities.

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I will admit on a Friday afternoon lacking lunch it was a toss up between Subway or McDonalds (solely to get breakfast sandwiches). Subway won out, but barely, the all day breakfast I see as a big draw.  I shamefully love their 300 ish calorie breakfast sandwich, especially when running to or from courthouses.

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Just discovered that the former free standing McDonalds that was across from the Roslyn Metro and was torn down for the major edifices that have been built and are now near completion, will be reappearing in virtually the exact same location as a ground level retail tenant.  Looks rather large. Must have been a good location for McDonalds.

I knew lower Roslyn was dying for a major fine dining/popular GAR type or extraordinary independent restaurant.  Lucky neighborhood.  Mickey D's is back in its prominent location right in the middle of everything

(and hell yeah-- I'll still eat at a McDonalds every so often----- or far less)

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That McDonald's I think gets a fair amount of business- especially office workers breakfast and coffee.  I think as that is right near the bus pickups in Rosslyn for NYC buses, that helps too.  I got coffee and breakfast there sometimes before bar study there back in the day.  

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I'm in an egg McMuffin phase these days.  I think they have actually improved it.  The English muffin actually tastes like a Thomas's English muffin.  It would be perfect if they didn't overcook the egg and used cheddar instead of American goop, but my expectations are not that high.  I like the location on Wilson and George Mason, across from Pupatella.  It is nicely renovated and really clean.  I like Sausage McGriddle too, which does not bode well for my cholesterol.  I like McD's sandwiches better than Starbuck's sandwiches these days (which I guess is not a high bar).

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16 minutes ago, hopsing said:

I'm in an egg McMuffin phase these days.  I think they have actually improved it.  The English muffin actually tastes like a Thomas's English muffin.  It would be perfect if they didn't overcook the egg and used cheddar instead of American goop, but my expectations are not that high.  I like the location on Wilson and George Mason, across from Pupatella.  It is nicely renovated and really clean.  I like Sausage McGriddle too, which does not bode well for my cholesterol.  I like McD's sandwiches better than Starbuck's sandwiches these days (which I guess is not a high bar).

I completely stopped going to McDonald's about 10-15 years ago, and the Egg McMuffin was the *last* thing I gave up. Yes, it's shit, but it was inexpensive, tasty, and not too caloric (stay away from those biscuits)!

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The only thing I buy from McDonald's anymore is that $1 vanilla cone.  I don't know if it's real ice cream, but on some days, it is the perfect treat.  The last time I slipped up and got a burger, it made me sick. 

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McDonald's reopened in Rosslyn opposite the Metro after being closed for a number of years due to construction.  Of particular interest is that it has automated ordering via touch screen, something apparently existing in one other part of the chain.  I tried it last Sunday after coming home from a sports event.  I should not that, although I am computer literate, the touch screen method, particularly the need to double back to order more than one of an item, was not that easy for the first time.  I did order two McChickens and one small fries to go and skipped the credit card swipe to pay at a counter,  I waited for five minutes to pay cash and was sent to another line to wait for my order.  This took about fifteen minutes and struck me as interesting unless the chain is trying to get out the bind of being fast food.

Fortunately, with the new buildings we should be getting other small chain places such as Sweetgreens and Nado Peri Peri as alternative choices.

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The new Sweet BBQ with crispy chicken isn't bad so long as they don't dry out the chicken patty.

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I stopped by the new Rosslyn high-tech McDonald's.  I was surprised to see them offering mini-pastries.  I ordered a mini chocolate croissant via kiosk.  I have to say, it really hit the spot.  Not too big to feel guilty about, but enough bites to get chocolatey satisfaction.  It was 79 cents!!!  It is called a chocolatine.  My husband says I'm probably the only person praising its smallness.C230JVPXAAADv_z.jpg 

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