FAST FOOD

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FAST FOOD

Fast food is the term given to food that can be prepared and served very quickly. While any meal with low preparation time can be considered to be fast food, typically the term refers to food sold in a restaurant or store with preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out/take-away. The term “fast food” was recognized in a dictionary by Merriam–Webster in 1951.

Fast food – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fastfood – Cached

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It won’t be coming to Malaysia or Singapore yet but when it is here, would you want to eat a cup that has been handled by the counter staff?

KFC to launch “Scoff-ee Cup”, an edible coffee cup

Fast-food restaurant KFC has unveiled its latest product to be rolled out in the United Kingdom later this year: an edible coffee cup.

Named the “Scoff-ee Cup”, it is made from biscuit, wrapped in sugar paper and then lined with a layer of heat-resistant white chocolate to keep the coffee hot and the cup crispy, reported The Telegraph.

Over time, the chocolate lining melts, and the biscuit begins to soften, causing it to melt in your mouth.

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/food-wine/story/kfc-launch-edible-coffee-cup-20150227

WATCH: Much ado over pizza part 2 – Staff humiliate delivery man, force him to return $9 tip

A US woman was fired from her job after a video of her humiliating a pizza delivery man went viral.

Employees at a used car dealership in Massachusetts decided to order pizza on Jan 10.

When the delivery man came with the food, they handed him US$50 (S$66). The bill was a little over US$42.

Delivery man Jarrid Tansey thought the US$7 (S$9) plus change was a tip. The employees, however, wanted all of it back. Fair enough.

But it was how they treated him next which incurred the wrath of netizens.

Nasty exchange

They called him up and told him to drive back to return the money, which he did.

One female employee then told Mr Tansey as he left for the second time: “Hey, out the door before I put my foot in your a**.”

Another person shouted: “Get the f****** owner and the manager on the phone, I want that m***********’s job.”

It was a nasty exchange, but it would have remained hush-hush – had someone not uploaded a video of the exchange on the Internet.

Mr Tansey claimed the move was intended to humiliate him. If so, it backfired horribly.

Netizens have rallied around Mr Tansey and even set up a gofundme page for him. It has raised US$31,700 so far.

F & R Auto Sales, on the other hand, has been bombarded with negative comments and the management has since apologised.

Video: Idiots Hassling a Pizza Delivery Guy

 Star

Sunday January 18, 2015 MYT 1:40:06 PM

KFC staff brawl goes viral

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A still capture from the 36-second video

The 36 second-long video, which appears to have been shot by a customer waiting in line, shows a female staff first fighting with a delivery boy.

As the fight heated up, another male staff is seen striking a flying kick at the same delivery boy, while another male staff tries to pacify the entire situation.

The video ends with the scuffle moving to the back of the kitchen, probably to avoid getting any more attention from the public.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/01/18/kfc-staff-fight/

PETALING JAYA: A video involving Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) staff is going viral on social media.

This time, the video is of two employees at KFC’s Jalan Raja Laut outlet fighting over a private matter, according to a post on the fast food chain’s official Facebook page.

In the post, it was explained that the incident took place between two siblings, with KFC senior vice president MJ Ling saying an internal investigation was ongoing.

Ling wrote that the company has initiated an extensive internal investigation to fully understand the cause of the incident.

“KFC conducts extensive training on what is expected of our staff when working at our restaurants, but obviously this has failed on this occasion.

“Rest assured that we will improve on our existing programs, so as to avoid incidents of this nature from happening again,” said Ling.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/01/18/kfc-staff-fight/

Customer gets called “fat lady” on receipt at Pizza Hut’s Bukit Merah outlet

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SINGAPORE – A Pizza Hut Singapore customer found the words “Pink Fat Lady” written on her pizza takeaway receipt at the Bukit Merah outlet on Sunday evening.

Posting a photo of the receipt, the customer, Facebook user Aili Si, wrote on Pizza Hut Singapore’s Facebook page on Sunday night: “I don’t think it is nice for your staff to describe me as such on my receipt…As a customer I definitely hope to be treated with basic respect deserved by any others. I hope to receive an apology from the staff and Pizza Hut.”

She added: “Just feel insulted. What’s wrong being plus size? I’m a customer and I pay for my pizza! Not that I’m get it for free!”

On Monday, Pizza Hut Singapore replied to her post on Facebook and said that the incident has “definitely rocked us in our seats”.

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/customer-gets-called-fat-lady-receipt-pizza-huts-bukit-m

 AN APOLOGY FROM PIZZA HUT SINGAPORE

Pizza Hut Singapore would like to apologize unreservedly to Ms Aili Si for a recent incident that took place on 12 Oct 2014 at 6.01pm. This incident goes against our corporate values and we do not condone behaviour or actions that offend people.

We are currently investigating this matter.

We deeply regret that such an incident has occurred and are attempting to contact Ms Si to personally express our sincere apologies.

We will take corrective measures to continuously improve our standards and consistency in our service and hospitality.

Sincerely,
The management and staff of Pizza Hut Singapore.

Deadspin

Burger King Sued Over Fed-Up Stabbin’-Ass Manager

According to the lawsuit (as reported by New Mexico’s KRQE-TV), when Deyapp asked to have his onion rings reheated, the manager, Francisco Berrera, remarked to another employee in Spanish that “… he doesn’t even know what I’m going to return it and do whatever I want to it and he’ll still eat it.” Deyapp, who’d heard and understood the exchange, decided (reasonably!) to ask for a refund instead of taking the food back; in dutiful observance of longstanding corporate policy (probably) stating that customers who request refunds must first best the store manager in mortal combat, Berrera took up the grimmest of work instruments and attacked pretty much forthwith.

He later pled no contest to a charge of aggravated battery. The status of the onion rings is unknown at this time.

Don’t stab and electrocute people. Or eat at Burger King.

http://foodspin.deadspin.com/burger-king-sued-over-fed-up-stabbin-ass-manager-1644920245/+AlbertBurneko

Burger King manager used stun gun on unhappy diner in New Mexico

Burger King manager used stun gun on unhappy diner

Fast food giant is being sued after manager of a New Mexico branch attacked customer who complained about cold onion rings

Details of the incident, which took place in June last year, emerged in a writ filed against Burger King

Details of the incident, which took place in June last year, emerged in a writ filed against Burger King Photo: Alamy

6:31PM BST 10 Oct 2014

Burger King is being sued after the manager of a New Mexico branch attacked a customer who complained about cold onion rings with a stun gun.

Francisco Berrera, the local manager, initially dismissed Robert DeYapp’s complaints, telling a member of his staff, in Spanish, that he had no intention of reheating the onion rings.

Unfortunately for Mr Berrera, Mr DeYapp understood Spanish and again turned down the still-cold onion rings, refusing to pay.

Mr Berrera then leapt at Mr DeYapp with a stun gun in one hand and switch blade in the other.

The manager was arrested and has since pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11155021/Burger-King-manager-used-stun-gun-on-unhappy-diner-in-New-Mexico.html

KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN!

YAHOO! NEWS SINGAPORE

KFC ZINGER RELOADED LAUNCH

Warmest greetings from KFC Malaysia!

Come and join us this coming Monday, 3 March 2014 to discover KFC’s latest promotion, the Zinger Reloaded!

We cordially invite you to come and be part of this launch. Malaysian latest hip-hop artists, Altimet & SonaOne will also be joining the fun, so don’t miss this launch!

Details are as follows: –

Date : Monday, 3 March 2014
Time : 10.30 am
Venue : KFC The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
Jalan PJU 7/3
47810 Petaling Jaya.

Looking forward to having you there!

Thank you and have a great day!

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/sponsored/kfc-zinger-reloaded-launch-033856731.html

Some 56 million orders are placed for fries each month at Burger King, where one in two customers purchases them, according to the company.

The Sundaily

Less fatty ‘Satisfries’ hit Burger King menus in US

Satisfries, a new lower calorie and lower fat french fry from the fast food restaurant chain Burger King, appear in Washington, DC, September 24, 2013, on the first day of their release. AFP

WASHINGTON (Sept 26, 2013): Fast food giant Burger King introduced a lower-fat, fewer-calorie French fry to US patrons Tuesday, allowing customers to order a side of “Satisfries” with their meal.

The new fry, which is being sold alongside the old classic, has one-third the fat and 20 percent fewer calories.

And a small-size order contains 270 calories compared to 340 calories in the original.

According to the company, the secret behind the Satisfry is a reduction in the potato’s oil absorption while still keeping the product “crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.”

The Satisfry has 40 percent less fat than McDonald’s fries, Burger King said, with a 70-gram serving containing 6.3 grams of fat compared to 11.2 grams in McDonald’s fries.

It also has 30 percent fewer calories with 150.5 calories in a 70-gram serving compared to 226.8 calories at McDonald’s.

 

McDonald’s National Breakfast Day: 18 March

A flash mob at KL Sentral, in front of McDonald’s restaurant.

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This morning, Malaysians queued up for the most important meal of the day. Thank you very much for your support! We are lovin’ your great morning spirit! 🙂

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  • 14 Mar 2013
  • Metro Perak
  • Pictures By LOW BOON TAT By FADZILAH NAJUMUDEEN metro@thestar.com.my

200,000 burgers to be given away

McDonald’s National Breakfast Day will return on March 18 with almost 5,000 restaurants from all over Asia, the Middle East and Africa participating in the event. AFTER successfully serving up close to 200,000 free Egg McMuffins to customers during McDonald’s Breakfast Day on Nov 19 last year, McDonald’s will return on March 18 for its National Breakfast Day.

Over 222 McDonald’s Breakfast Restaurants nationwide will offer a free Egg McMuffin to the first 1,000 customers from 7am to 10am on March 18.

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200,000 burgers to be given away

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THE BATTLE OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR BURGERS

Get your Fortune Burger Combo at Marrybrown, Ipoh Parade!

At Marrybrown, Ipoh Parade.

Hui Xin

1 MARRYBROWN: FORTUNE BURGER COMBO: RM11.80

The Fortune Burger combo and chicken munchies are available for a limited time at Marrybrown outlets in the country from today until March 15.

Kongsi bersama keluarga dan teman tersayang sambil menikmati kelazatan Burger Fortune yang di lengkapi Chicken Munchies serta minuman Mountain Dew hanya di Marrybrown sempana Musim Perayaan Tahun Baru cina.Jangan Tunggu Lagi !!

Marrybrown
January 9
Share with family and friends loved ones while enjoying the delights of the complete Fortune Burger Chicken Munchies and drinks Mountain Dew just Marrybrown sempana Chinese New Year Festive Season.

Do not Wait!

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NST

25 January 2013| last updated at 09:58PM

It’s time to enjoy a Fortune Burger

JOHOR BARU: Marrybrown’s special burger for the festive season returns by popular demand.

The Fortune Burger is a toasted sesame bun packed with a tender chicken patty topped with sliced button mushrooms, sliced onions, and comes a special black pepper sauce.

This Chinese New Year, the Fortune Burger Combo comprises a Fortune Burger, Chicken Munchies (six pieces) and a regular iced Mountain Dew.

OTHER MARRYBROWN MEALS

Nasi Marrybrown -Deliciously Rich & Spicy

This remains my favourite fast food meal. Nothing else in KFC, MCDonald’s, Pizzahut or the other fast food places compare to this!

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Tower Burger – Biggest Burger On The Block

I have yet to eat this! It looks TOO large for me….

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2 MCDONALD’S CHICKEN PROSPERITY MEAL, RM10.95

Chicken-Prosperity-Burger

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Double Prosperity Beef Burger – McDonald’s @ KL Sentral Station

McDonald’s Prosperity Burger is now back, for a limited time only. And even better, now the size is double! Introducing McDonald’s Double Prosperity Beef Burger — twice the beef patties with twice the Prosperity black pepper sauce, it’s the ultimate satisfying meal.

McDonald's Double Prosperity Beef Burger
McDonald’s Double Prosperity Beef Burger

The double beef patties is satiating in every bit. Must-try.

Every Prosperity Value Meal comes with Twister Fries (or French Fries at Regular size) and Coke and is available for a limited time, i.e. Chinese New Year. What’s more, McDonald’s open throughout Chinese New Year when other restaurants are closed.

Price

  • Double Prosperity Beef Burger (Value Meal) – RM 19.80 (including tax)

Address

McDonald’s,
Lot 14, 15, & 16, Level 1,
Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur,
50470 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

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3 SUGARBUN: PROSPERITY MEALS

SugarBun launches annual prosperity meals

by Jonathan Wong. Posted on January 12, 2013, Saturday

KUCHING: In anticipation of the upcoming Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration, SugarBun is launching its ‘Prosperity Meals’ promotion for its patrons.

ANNUAL PROMOTION: Photo shows some SugarBun staff displaying the promotion meals. The Prosperity Meals will be available from today until February 28.

The promotion is an annual event to usher in the CNY celebration and the company is giving away complementary ‘SB Ang Pao’ packets for purchases of above RM22 in a single receipt with the inclusion of any of the prosperity meals.

The Prosperity Meals
Fish and Savory Rice (RM9.80)
Fish and Chips (RM9.80)
Fish and Broasted Chicken with Savory Rice (RM11.80)

The prosperity meals offer the best combination of both the company’s top selling items namely the imported Hoki fish and the company’s signature broasted chicken.

Now available at all SugarBun outlets from today until the February 28, 2013.

WHAT IS BROASTED CHICKEN?
“Broasting” – a revolutionary method of preparing chicken, meats, and fish by combining pressure cooking and deep frying concepts, is introduced by Flavor Fast Foods, Inc., in Rockton, Illinois. Flavor Fast Foods is formed under the leadership of Mr. L.A.M. Phalen and staffed by people associated with Tekni-Craft, manufacturers of the Taylor Freezer line.

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Malaysian Insider

Starbucks says may pay more UK tax

December 03, 2012

LONDON, Dec 3 — Coffee chain Starbucks said it was considering changes to its UK tax practices, which allowed it to make billions in revenue while paying little in income taxes, following criticism from lawmakers, tax campaigners and the media. A Reuters examination of Starbucks accounts published in October showed the company had reported 13 years of losses at its UK unit, even as it told investors the operation was profitable and among the best performing of its overseas markets.

The chain’s UK unit paid no corporation tax — a tax on a company’s income — in the last three years for which figures are available and has only paid 8.6 million pounds income tax since 1998, despite racking up £3 billion (RM14.6 billion) of sales.

The revelations led to calls for a boycott of the store and protests at its branches, and the company’s Chief Financial Officer Troy Alstead was called to give evidence to a parliamentary committee.

Starbucks repeated yesterday that it had always complied with British tax laws and blamed its low tax payments on a tough operating environment in the UK.

However, a spokeswoman added in an emailed statement that the public mood had caused the company to reconsider its tax arrangements, which include intercompany royalty and interest payments that reduce the UK unit’s taxable profit.

“We have listened to feedback from our customers and employees, and understand that to maintain and further build public trust we need to do more,” she said.

“As part of this we are looking at our tax approach in the UK. The company has been in discussions with HMRC for some time and is also in talks with The Treasury,” she added.

The company, the largest coffee chain in the world, with a market value of US$39 billion, said it would release more details later this week.

The Public Accounts Committee, which grilled Alstead and managers from Google and Amazon over their tax planning, is due to release its report on corporate taxation in the UK today. — Reuters

Starbucks says may pay more UK tax

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McDonaldization
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

McDonaldization is a term used by sociologist George Ritzer in his book The McDonaldization of Society (1993).

It occurs when a culture possesses the characteristics of a fast-food restaurant.

The process of McDonaldization can be summarized as the way in which the principles of the fast-food restaurant are coming to dominate more and more sectors of American society as well as of the rest of the world.

McDonaldization is a re-conceptualization of rationalization, or moving from traditional to rational modes of thought, and scientific management. Where Max Weber used the model of the bureaucracy to represent the direction of this changing society, Ritzer sees the fast-food restaurant as having become a more representative contemporary paradigm.

In contemporary society, the concept of McDonaldization is gaining attention in different aspects such as culture. McDonaldization thesis in cultural version is a comparatively recent idea of the world wide homogenization of cultures

Ritzer highlighted five primary components of McDonaldization:

1 Efficiency: every aspect of the organization is geared toward the minimization of time

2 Calculability: Objectives should be quantifiable (such as sales) rather than subjective (such as taste. Quantity equals quality, and that a large amount of product delivered to the customer in a short amount of time is the same as a high quality product.

3 Predictability: standardized and uniform services. No matter where a person goes, they will receive the same service and receive the same product every time when interacting with the McDonaldized organization. This also applies to the workers in those organizations. Their tasks are highly repetitive, highly routine, and predictable.

4 Control: standardized and uniform employees; and the replacement of human by non-human technologies.

5 Culture: as part of standardization, cultural hybridization (the blending of cultures)  occurs. As McDonald’s enters a country, consumer patterns are unified and starting with the food chains, local cultures are westernized.

Despite the advantages it offers, bureaucracy suffers from the irrationality of rationality. Like a fast-food restaurant, a bureaucracy can be a dehumanizing place in which to work and by which to be served. In short, settings in which people cannot always behave as human beings.

De-McDonaldization
Many corporations have been making an effort to deny the rationalization of McDonaldization. Efforts are related to focusing on quality instead of quantity, enjoying the unpredictability of service and product and employing more skilled workers without any outside control.

References that may be interesting

McDonaldization: The Reader by George Ritzer (ISBN 0-7619-8767-3)
The McDonaldization Thesis: Explorations and Extensions by George Ritzer (ISBN 0-7619-5540-2)
  • McDonaldization of America’s Police, Courts, and Corrections by Matthew B. Robinson
  • McCitizens by Bryan Turner
  • Resisting McDonaldization, ed. Barry Smart
  • Golden Arches East: McDonald’s in East Asia by James L. Watson
  • Sociology of Consumption: Fast Food, Credit Cards and Casinos, ed. George Ritzer
  • The McDonaldization of Higher Education, ed. Dennis Hayes & Robert Wynyard
  • Enchanting a Disenchanted World by George Ritzer
  • The McDonaldization of the Church by John Drane

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Burger King Japan offers all-you-can-eat Whopper buffet

by AFP Relaxnews
inSing.com – 19 November 2012 4:31 PM | Updated 4:47 PM

For a limited period in Burger King outlets in Japan, customers who first finish off a Kuro Burger value meal of a black-bun burger dyed with bamboo charcoal (above) will be given 30 minutes to eat as many Whoppers, fries, onion rings, sodas they can at no extra charge (Photo: Burger King Japan Facebook page)

After launching black bun burgers and promotional stunts allowing customers to stuff as much bacon as they wanted in their sandwiches, Burger King Japan is at it again, this time with an all-you-can-eat Whopper buffet.

To mark its fifth anniversary in the country, Burger King will hand out unlimited free sandwiches to fans for 30 minutes – a deal that comes with a set of conditions.

According to RocketNews24, between 17 to 21 November, customers who first finish off a Kuro Burger value meal – a black-bun burger dyed with bamboo charcoal – will be given a half hour to polish off as many Whoppers, fries, onion rings, sodas they can at no extra charge.

Between 22 and 30 November, the deal opens up to purchases of any Whopper value meal.

It is the latest stunt to up the ante in the ongoing fast food wars being waged in Japan.

Burger King Japan offers all-you-can-eat Whopper buffet

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Star

  • 18 Nov 2012
  • The Star Sarawak
  • By RUSSELL TING russell@thestar.com.my

Little helpers

Starbucks Malaysia highlights importance of loving one’s home through community project

We’ve even brought a Christmas tree, ordered a huge Christmas log cake and have the children work with us in putting on a fresh coat of paint on their playground equipment. — SALLEHARON AHMAD

Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company public relations and communications manager Salleharon Ahmad putting a fresh coat of paint on a playground equipment with help from Terry Joshua (left) and Jackson Liaw, residents of the Salvation Army Children’s Home in Kuching, during the company’s first-ever ‘Rekindle The Joy’ community project in the state. CHRISTMAS is coming, and Starbucks is getting a headstart before everyone else by spreading a little bit of holiday cheer to the unfortunate a little bit earlier this year.

Finishing touch: Starbucks barista Grace Uon holding up five-year-old Kelvin Lee as he crowns the Christmas tree with a star.
Little helpers
Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company

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“We fear crooks, dogs and stairs”

MakansutraBy Sheere Ng | Makansutra – Thu, Nov 15, 2012 7:47 PM SGT

Text and images by Sheere Ng @ Makansutra

He walks up to a hole in the wall, scan his card to sign in, drop off a huge, boxy bag that says “McDelivery” and heads straight to one of the alfresco tables at the fast food restaurant to have a drink and take a quick nap. The next man who returns does the exact same thing. An order comes zapping out of the machine and the person at the other side of the wall calls out “Rider, rider”. Some of them, deep in sleep, keep their eyes closed, the rest look at one another to decide who to go next. Usually, it’s an unspoken first in, first out rule.

These are the fast food dispatch riders and drivers. To sign up for this job, they have to have their own vehicle, and legs muscles that help them trod the streets with heavy orders at hand, overcome the stairs in walk up apartments and brave the attack of dogs.
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“We fear crooks, dogs and stairs”

Excerpts:

What are you most afraid of?

N: I’m scared of meeting bad guys after midnight, because we carry money, about $100, with us.

F: I’m most afraid of houses with dog. It is okay if they keep their gate close. But there was a time the owner opened the gate and the dog dashed out. I just kept still and make sure I don’t touch it.

Any spooky encounter?

F: Once I was asked to deliver to a bungalow in the middle of an old Muslim graveyard around Telok Blangah. It was midnight so I asked another rider to go with me.

So there’s really someone staying inside?

F: Ya lah.

We fear crooks, dogs and stairs’

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NST

Coke brings people together

MEMORABILIA: Coca-Cola aficionados from all over came together to show off their collections

.Vintage Coke signs and ads were up for sale, but at very high prices.

.Replicas of classical Coke vending machines.

KUALA LUMPUR: COCA-COLA, or more affectionately known as Coke, once again brought people together when the Malaysian Coca-Cola Club held its second Coca-Cola collectors’ fair recently.

Held at Publika in Solaris Dutamas, the event was supported by the Coca-Cola Malaysia company.

Of the more than 200 club members, 30 collectors came from around the country to show off their vast collections, sell to visitors and trade with fellow collectors.

There was even a Thai collector from Hatyai who came to join in the fun as he has also been in touch with the Malaysian club through Facebook.

Narin Inyod, 42, wanted to lend his support and encouragement to the event as he has been an experienced participant in the Bangkok fair over the past six years with about 100 other collectors.

Read more: Coke brings people together – Northern – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/northern/coke-brings-people-together-1.171770#ixzz2CQuAWhnu

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McDonalds

Herald Sun

Brave customers and staff wrestle armed bandit at McDonald’s store in Mulgrave

  • Michelle Ainsworth
  • From: Herald Sun
  • November 12, 2012 7:05AM

BRAVE McDonald’s customers and staff have wrestled an armed bandit to the ground, foiling his robbery attempt at a store in Melbourne’s southeast this morning.

The man allegedly threatened three staff members with a gun after he entered the Mulgrave store on the corner of Wellington and Springvale Roads just before 1am.

Police believe the bandit put his gun on the counter after demanding cash from the tills and from two customers in the store.

The customers and a staff member then fought back, tackling the man as he allegedly went to stuff the cash into a bag.

They held the man down for about 10 minutes until police arrived.

Brave customers wrestle armed bandit

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7-Eleven

EARLY VOTING CofFREE-FOR-ALL

7-Eleven® Urges Coffee Customers to Cast Their (free) Cup in 7-Election™ This Friday

PR NewswirePress Release: 7-Eleven, Inc. – 1 hour 36 minutes ago

DALLAS, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — 7-Eleven, Inc. is giving away free large cups of coffee between 6 and 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at participating stores because:

A. They want EVERYONE to have a chance to vote in the fourth annual 7- Election™ coffee cup presidential poll – red for Romney, blue for Obama, green for whomever
B. To kick off its Mobile Oval tour also starting Friday, in which a replica Presidential Oval Office on wheels allows citizens to have their photos made as the coffee commander-in-chief
C. To celebrate National Coffee Day a day early
D. TGIF!!
E. All of the above

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120927/DA82078)

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101208/DA14293LOGO)

This is the second CofFREE Day 7-Eleven® has held and the first during 7-Eleven® stores 7-Election campaign when the cups really count.  Participating 7-Eleven® stores in the U.S. and Canada will give away free large cups of coffee (also cappuccino, latte or any other hot beverage), including 7-Election cups in the U.S. – blue for President Barack Obama and red for former Gov. Mitt Romney. Non-marked, non-partisan 7-Eleven coffee cups also are available.

Read more!

EARLY VOTING CofFREE-FOR-ALL

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(Naturally, 7-Eleven bills the 7-Election as “unabashedly unofficial and unscientific”—which it is. However, it’s interesting to note that since this campaign was first tried during the presidential election in 2000, 7-Eleven “coffee cup-voters” have successfully predicted the winner in each presidential election, which means the 7-Election has a better track record than some well-known statistically valid polls.)

Forbes

CMO Network
9/26/2012 @ 8:19AM

Did 7-Eleven Take A Risk By Mixing Customers with Coffee and Politics?

While many are looking at tailored political advertisingas a way to “push” their messages out this election season, 7-Eleven is taking a different tack, focusing on the customer experience and showing once again, that engagement is what truly drives insights and generates marketing opportunities.

If you haven’t heard about the 7-Election Presidential Cup Coffee Poll, let me fill you in on the details.

As 7-Eleven, Inc. explains in this press release, the 7-Election invites customers to vote by selecting specially marked coffee cups –either blue for President Barack Obama or red for former Gov. Mitt Romney. (7-Eleven’s regular “nonpartisan” cups are also available for undecided customers or those who don’t want to participate in the poll.)

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From Harcharan Singh

It’s KFC’s turn to be embarrassed. In China.

Man from Beijing, travelling in Wuhan

Mr. Yang says he often travels, has eaten at KFC restaurants abroad as well, and discovered that KFC restaurants abroad and those in China follow two different sets of food hygiene standards. At foreign restaurants, when the cook is making food, apart from wearing a face mask and cap, he/she must also wear disposable gloves, and even the napkins they provide are moist towelettes. “KFC provides disposable gloves, so why aren’t they used?” Mr Yang says him spending so much money to protect his rights is in hopes of using this to warn the city’s residents. He says he has the [financial ability] to pay this amount of money.

Chinese man buts 2000 buckets of KFC in protest

by on Monday, September 17, 2012

From NetEase:

Dissatisfied with the Sanitary Conditions, Man Wants to Buy 2,000 Meal Buckets to Block KFC

On the evening of September 4th, as a result of seeing an employee making chicken sandwiches without wearing gloves while having a meal, Mr. Yang of Beijing, who was on a business trip in Wuhan, wanted to spend 140,000 yuan to buy 2,000 Family Meal Buckets [a package that includes 5 pieces of fried chicken and 3 cups of soda] to-go in a fit of anger to put them in front of the restaurant as a warning to the city’s residents. However, the restaurant refused to sell him any more after 22 orders.

The crowd is watching at the scene.

The person who was purchasing as well as placing these take-out orders of the Family Meal Buckets was a 30-year-old Mr. Yang. He came to Wuhan from Beijing on a business trip. At about 12 noon on the 4th, he and his friend Mr. Lei had came to dine at this restaurant, and as he was paying and waiting for his order, he happened to see through a crack between the food cabinets a young man in the kitchen making chicken sandwiches with his [bare] hands. “He wasn’t wearing a cap/hair net or a face mask and the moment he turned around, I saw both of his hands and he wasn’t wearing gloves either, just using both of his [bare] hands to handle the chicken patties and lettuce…”

Interested in reading more? Click on the link below:

http://www.chinasmack.com/2012/stories/chinese-man-buys-2000-buckets-of-kfc-in-protest.html

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Harakah Daily

McD’s burger used to silence ISA detainees?

Harakahdaily, 14 September 2012

Sep 14: Internal Security Act detainees were bribed with McDonald’s burgers in a bid to stop them from revealing the tortures they had endured in detention to officials from the Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), said a former detainee.

Mohamad Fadzullah Abd Razak, speaking a forum organised by Abolish ISA movement (GMI), said detainees had been threatened not to give any detail of the tortures they had suffered to visiting SUHAKAM officials.

“When SUHAKAM wanted to come, they bought McD’s burger for the detainees. When SUHAKAM (officers) sat in front of the detainees, the police at the back would observe to see who dared to act as whistleblowers,” said Fadzullah, a former ISA detainee.

“I bought a burger for you. I tortured you, then I bought you a burger so that you could say good things about us. What? Do they think we can be bought by a piece of burger?” he asked.

Fadzullah said among those who had been tortured were religious scholars and Qur’an teachers. Some in their desperation had even attempted suicide.

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ND’s burger used to silence ISA detainees?

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McDonald’s and other fast-food chains are facing increasing pressure amid growing concerns about obesity.

The Miami Herald
Wed, 09.12.12

McDonald’s new menu item: Calorie counts

By CANDICE CHOI

AP Food Industry Writer

NEW YORK — McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain’s burgers and fries.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday. The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require major chains to post the information as early as next year.

“We want to voluntarily do this,” said Jan Fields, president of McDonald’s USA. “We believe it will help educate customers.”

In cities such as New York and Philadelphia where posting calorie information is already required, however, Fields notes that the information has not changed what customers choose to order.

“When it’s all said and done, the menu mix doesn’t change,” she said. “But I do think people feel better knowing this information.”

The chain also plans to announce that its restaurants in Latin America, which are owned by a franchisee, will start providing calorie information on menus this spring.

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The chain is also testing versions of the McWrap, which is a bigger version of its chicken Snack Wrap that is already sold in Europe. The wraps have sliced cucumbers and range from 350 calories to 580 calories.

The moves reflect the pressures McDonald’s and other fast-food chains are facing amid growing concerns about obesity.

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