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Teenager accuses McDonald’s of denying meal to homeless man based on “new policy”

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In a rather odd occurrence, McDonald’s, one of the largest fast-food restaurants in the world, has come out with a ”new policy” that prevents it from serving homeless people.

The policy came to light when a teenager who tried to buy breakfast for an elderly homeless man at McDonald’s was told the restaurant was unable to serve homeless people.

After seeing a man walking past McDonald’s on Oxford Road in Manchester, Charlotte Farrow, a 19 year-old teenager decided to stop and buy him some food. As the pair queued up inside McDonald’s, the homeless man tried to take out some of his own money in preparation to pay for the food, Farrow stopped him and told him she would be paying.

Later, Farrow was told about the “policy” by the restaurant’s supervisor.

“He said the business manager told them they were not allowed to serve homeless people. They said it was a new policy,” Farrow told the Manchester Evening News.

According to Farrow, the situation was “completely immoral” and “extremely judgmental” but both she and the elderly man were served food after the initial dispute.

McDonald’s has apologised for the situation, stating there is no such policy to refuse service to homeless people.

“Both the customer and the gentleman she was buying food for were served. It is not a McDonald’s policy to refuse to serve homeless people and all staff have been reminded of this,” the spokesperson added.

Although the homeless policy proved false, McDonald’s has introduced a controversial new policy in its Cambridge restaurants that could see customers breathanalysed before they are allowed on the premises, in a bid to stop alcohol-fuelled crime in the city.

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US not lovin’ its McDonald’s

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A U.S. flags flutters in the wind in front of a sign for a McDonald's restaurant in Los Angeles April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

By NewsGram Staff writerBlitz-Box

The famous food provider service of USA, McDonald’s, on Tuesday announced that is planning to shut down 184 of its outlets across the United States.

The burger behemoth, in the recent months, has had to experience same-store sales drop in the country. The brand is known to offer burgers, salads, yogurt parfaits, and fancy chicken wraps. And it hasn’t worked. In fact, that’s putting it mildly. But the recent survey indicates the down-trodden path that this brand is walking upon now.

In the past 40 years, such a scale-back hasn’t taken place. The last time the company contracted was in 1970. Reports released by McDonald’s reveal that same- store sales have either fallen or remained flat for 13 consecutive months.

Earlier in 2015, the brand had announced that it will close around 700 locations around the world, roughly half of which are in the United States, China, and Japan. The company had also planned on downsizing the head count at its U.S. headquarters in Illinois.

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Shutting down of the US restaurants is termed as “minimal” by the brand. After all, the fast food giant runs almost 14,000 outlets across the globe.

Other reasons put aside, this condition of the brand can be linked to the rising competition it is facing in the United States. Chipotle Mexican Grill, which has become a staple for many Americans, is one instance of it. This brand o-CHIPOTLE-facebookclaims to offer better quality vegetables and more fresh than the other brands.

As of now, the brand intends to win back its customers by re-introducing itself. McDonald’s has begun making burgers to order, and offering a range of fancier ingredients, like jalapenos, guacamole, and brioche buns. The burger giant is calling off its all-day breakfast scheme as requested by its patrons.

With a position established since a long time, McDonald’s will have to face hardships in order to make their customers believe that the burgers and wraps they are selling are made of more veggies than earlier and are absolutely fresh. Good luck McDonald’s!

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Greenlandic anorak not hoodie: What we can learn from Kielsen about preserving cultural heritage

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By Ishan Kukreti

Culture is the bedrock of human psychological makeup. Apart from forming attitudes, beliefs and even preferences, culture gives a person an identity, a sense of belonging. Humans as social beings have culture as their default settings as they explore the world and try to make sense of it.

One of the biggest price paid for globalization, perhaps bigger even than the financial price, is the erosion of culture and a sense of inferiority. This issue has been raised time and again with the advent of globalization and opening up of economies and has been best surmised by MacBride report of UNESCO, called Many Voices, One World.

The problem of cultural erosion is global. The world is suffering from it. Recently when Greenland’s Prime Minister Kim Kielsen, attended a landmark ceremony in Brussels wearing the nation’s traditional outfit, the Greenlandic anorak, many thought that he was dressed in a ‘hoodie’ and many took offence. Many even poked fun at the wardrobe disaster of Prime Minister. In India, wearing a ‘Kurta’ undoubtedly makes one a ‘Revolutionary’ ‘ Poet’ ‘Politician’ or all.

The shift in people’s preferences is not just a social phenomenon. It has deep economic reverberations too. The indigenous industries not only suffer because of this but are trapped in a hopeless struggle to beat the west ( read US) at its own game. They face the choice between churning out cheap rip-offs of western products or shutting shop.

An aping of the foreign culture has strong implications for the man on  people too. For example, the rootless, clueless protagonists of the Indian authors abroad like Jhumpa Lahiri are not just figments of their creator’s imagination but as flesh and bone as the Tuesday-Thursday vegetarian buffs of Hollywood and McDonald’s.

The amount of western culture an average urban Indian young adult consumes in the form of movies, clothes, literature, even food is more than the amount ever consumed by his/her predecessors. Given the situation, it is no surprise that today’s India is divided right in two. One ready to bust out of the closet, kissing, smooching, merry making on the roads and the other ready to beat them back into the very closets they came out from, invoking gods of various attributes.

Blindly aping things has never been the way to develop or self actualize. Global exchange of ideas is a mutual process. As the French philosopher, Albert Camus has said, “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” the world today needs to understand cooperation.

As long as the global village has just one western voice, there will not be equality and prosperity for all. The two hemispheres of the planet have to work in collaboration like the two hemispheres of the brain to keep the body of humanity working just fine.