In 1955, Ray Kroc, started McDonald’s from 1 restaurant and simple beginnings which has now flourished into a mega conglomerate that spans the globe. You can read the amazing story for yourself. The company now includes divested interests from Education to Healthcare from Social Responsibility to Franchise Opportunities. Well, that’s nothing new for a large company, after all, that’s corporate responsibility defined in 2010. But I am taking a stand to defend McDonald’s for more personal reasons than corporate responsibility alone. I have wonderful memories of McDonald’s.
As a small child in the 70’s a trip to McDonald’s was the highlight of family outings.
I was in the hospital once, and Ronald McDonald made a special appearance.
Awards for honor roll, perfect attendance, and end of the year always included coupons for free fries, or burgers, or drinks from McDonalds.
When in high school in the 80’s we saved our allowances to hang with our friends on Fridays at the local McDonald’s.
In College in the 90’s, I would walk (no car) to the McDonald’s to eat and crash for finals.
With my toddler, the bonus play place made it a free amusement park regardless of outside weather conditions. Eat, play, eat, play; and now they have Wi-Fi.
On long road trips, the “golden arches” was always there for us. With a Happy Meal, including toy for entertainment, and the proverbial potty break, we made it through the miles of driving. For safety’s sake, that was our rest stop. You can’t take a toddler to a truck stop.
I have McDonald’s toys that span 15 years loaded in totes in the garage.
My teenager and I completed community service projects together at The Ronald McDonald House.
Most mornings before school and work, we would stop for breakfast.
After late days of band practice, we would stop for dinner.
McDonald’s and I have had a long love affair. They have been there for me when I needed them to be, providing a variety of food choices that fit my budget, moments of sanity and reflection, and even clean bathroom breaks. However, there are plenty of opions that contradict my feelings of adoration. Okay, every company should be held accountable for how they represent themselves to the general public, be it negative or positive. But Joe Public wants the ease of being spoon fed instead of making decisions based on personal needs and family dynamics. They rather complain than stand and make a choice. Are companies now responsible for reprogramming our vehicles to run on auto pilot and our wallets on automatic funds transfers? To get you in the drive thru and your money out of your wallet, that’s the only way you can blame McDonald’s. Shut Up and stop blaming McDonald’s for your personal choices.
“The food calories are too high and I can’t lose weight!” Eat the salad and walk around the block. Get the parfait instead of the ice cream. What ever!
“My child is overweight from eating the Happy Meals!” Stop using computers, televisions, and cell phones as babysitters and get the kids outside to play. Feed them something else, you’re the one driving the car.
“What’s in the secret sauce?” It’s a secret. You don’t tell the competition what in your secret sauce. Just take it off if you don’t like it.
“Get rid of the toys in the kids meals.” No, my kids like the toys and it makes for a peaceful car ride. For my sanity’s sake.
“Get rid of Ronald the clown.” Whose politically correct idea was that? Leave the clown alone. It’s a clown. What of it?
And of course; “The coffee is hot!” We all remember that story and the lawsuits that ensued there after. My opinion is still out on that verdict. But, just get the ice coffee.
It just goes on and on. Blame after blame.
The average consumer blames corporate America for their lack of self control and moral turpitude; and it’s at that point we admit to being mindless robots. You have a choice where you eat; and you have a choice where you spend your money. That’s what makes you a consumer. Duh!? Now the Shrek glasses recall has re-started the feeding frenzy. I had all 4 collector glasses, returned them and was refunded my $12 with no problem. I guess if it isn’t McDonald’s it would be another company with their feet held to the flame by mindless consumerism.
See you in the Drive-Thru!