I call McDonalds Sh*tDonalds, and I call Burger King, Booger King, and Taco Bell is Taco Hell. IHOP is ISLOP, or IFLOP. I just thought of another one. It is not very nice though.... Pizza Hut, can be Pizza Sl*t.
I was thinking about what everyone said about people giving her dirty looks for eating in there. Why would people be giving dirty looks because she brought some raw food in? I mean, happy people don't give dirty looks, unless they are judgemental and unhappy. She bought bottled water. The people could have felt uncomfortable, because they were there eating junk, but you have someone come in with raw food, buying bottled water, because her kids want to play there. What is wrong with that? If people are angry, they will try to find any reason to judge and make others feel uncomfortable, because they do. Their hate just oozes out at anyone that is different from them, because deep down they are the ones that are insecure about themselves. I think it might have made them feel uncomfortable. IMHO. I don't think you have to eat a burger and fries to go enjoy the playground. Bottled water is sufficient enough.
Personally I think it is rude to bring your own food into a restaurant. And in this state it is a health code violation.
Originally Posted by honeybee joy
Do you bring your own dressing in, or do you eat the salad dry? If you do bring your own dressing in, then you are breaking that said health code violtation.
Originally Posted By juliebove
How could a salad have sugar in it? We don't eat the dressing. Neither of us do. Yuck! I don't think they apples are tainted. They come pre-packaged.
I have found McDonalds to be always clean, neat, tidy, kind considerate, friendly, and they allow older people to come in drink coffee all day, read the free papers, and visit for free in air conditioning.
I have eaten there when they first appeared in the 60's and didn't care for the food, I prefered Jack in the Box, but always got sick to my stomach after eating those burgers, so never became a big deal for me, I much prefered A & W or Taco Bell, when I was younger.
But I remember when the ONLY fast food place you could get a salad at, was McDonalds, and it was sooooo very nice to be able to eat a nice fresh salad, while others were eating burgers.
I've always found our McDonald's here to be highly clean all the time, especially the kid's play area, and the bathrooms, I would eat off the floors, they are spotless.
When I was vegetarian and not eating meat, but still eating cooked, they would go out of their way to make me a sandwich with no meat and lots of cheese and fresh tomatoes, lettuce etc. they were always so accomodating, and charged me way less than they should have.
They still make me special salads when I go in there now, when we travel,
I can get a huge fresh greens salad covered with fresh tomatoes, and chopped white onion, for only $2.00, because it has no meat in it, they charge me very little, it's actually cheaper to go there and buy one of their salads with no meat, than to go to the store and buy it in a bag, so I always get my traveling salalds at McDonalds.
I've seen Super Size me, and they do have some healthy choices on the menu, not all of their food is deep fried, and full of sugar.
People MUST take responsibility for what they put in their mouths, it's like eating a candy bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then complaining that the Candy company made you fat, what a ridiculous notion.
The only McD's I've been in that I'd say was really dirty was one in the SF bay area. I went into the bathroom to find a woman sitting, yes sitting in the sink, applying some makeup. She then told me that neither of the sinks worked and hadn't for some time. I got the feeling there were a lot of transients in there. The prices were much higher than other McD's in the area as well. Then again, it wasn't one of the nicer areas.
Check this out guys!
Wow, now I am not sure of this, but on the ingerdients for McDonalds apples and grapes:
Apple Slices and Red Grapes:
Apples, red grapes, calcium ascorbate (a blend of calcium and vitamin C added to maintain natural color). or Apples, red grapes, ascorbic acid (vitamin C added to maintain natural color), calcium chloride.
Fruit & Walnut Salad:
Apple Slices and Red Grapes, Low Fat Yogurt, Candied Walnuts
Walnuts (TBHQ and/or BHT may be added as preservative), sugar, peanut oil, honey, salt, wheat starch, maltodextrin, xanthan gum, soy lecithin, natural (vegetable source) and artificial flavor. Contains walnuts, wheat and soybean ingredients. May contain shell parts, tree nuts and peanuts.
I have noticed that when I have ate salads from fast food restauraunts that my brain gets foggy and dizzy, and my nose gets runny. Anyone ever experience that? That is without their dressing also.
The salads don't contain sugar, only the dressings do and they are served apart. I have eaten a salad once at a McDonalds in Italy, and it was big and fresh. I'm not a McDonalds fan either and haven't been there for years, but I can tell you that. On the other hand, I live in Europe, and depending on the country, the McDonalds offers a variety based on culture. So in Italy, they offer more salads, and rather good ones too. And in The Netherlands, where I live, you certainly don't have XL meals. What's small in America, would be XL here. And in Asia, you can be sure that there's oriental food on the menu. Anyway, wouldn't want to sound like I'm advertising McSchmk...!
I don't like McD's anymore than the next person, and I am a clean freak for strange places my children may play, but I always check snopes.
It seems a person can't win... if they order bottled water or something like a small salad (or nothing at all), they're being cheap.
Originally Posted by juliebove
I don't bring my own food to restaurants, but I don't consider McDonald's to be a real restaurant. Here in Canada fast food places seem like herded assembly lines. Any place that to me has 5 cashiers waiting with lineups at least 20 people long, isn't what springs to mind when I think "restaurant". At a real restaurant I'd not feel compelled to order just water because the waiter/ess would listen to any deviations from the menu I might want to order.
I've gone in to Dairy Queen with my friends and they'll order their greasy fries and mile high fake icecream cones, and nobody says boo to me if I am munching on an apple.
It seems these places get plenty of business, that one customer out of the thousands that flow through there per day, actually wanting their swill, isn't going to be a problem.
Also, eachpeachpearplum DID mention that she did buy bottled water there, so she did purchase something to validate her time there. I've gone to McDonald's before with apples and bananas while my friends and their kids ordered the factory vomit and nobody said boo to me. Then again I wasn't at a location which had a "playland".
Nah.....I don't think you should have bought more. In a former life I would have gone there and bought nothing but a couple of 50 cent ice cream cones so I think buying 3 waters was plenty. People probably aren't used to seeing people bring in their own food but that's their problem not yours. I would totally do the same thing if I needed a cool playplace.
And GOOD FOR YOU!!! The important part of your post was the fact that you just didn't crave the crap. I took my kids to wendy's during my 30 day challenge when we were out, they were starving and I needed to get something into them. I was pleasantly surprised. I also didn't crave the smells at all.
Aw, big deal if the OP went into Mickey D's and didn't pay for anything. With all the tax breaks these big corporations get, with all the damage they do to the environment and to the labor situation, they oughtta give back to the public and let kids play there for free. Like it said in Fast Food Nation, the true cost of fast food to society is not reflected in its price.
Just my opinion.
haul that hammer up over your shoulder.
swing bolder, and bolder.
Actually they do donate some of their proceeds to the McDonald house, for children with special needs.
Originally Posted by swingbolder
Since each restaraunt is independently owned it is up to that owner to allow people to use their facilities for free. We have the free enterprise system here and they get to choose what they want to do with their businesses within their legal rights.
If stuff like that started getting mandated imagine all the freedoms we would all have to give up in this country.
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"We can do anything we want to do if we stick with it long enough." Helen Keller
Swingbolder? I'm with you sister! After reading Fast Food Nation - McSpit's won't even get my urine! I will go behind a bush before I give them the satisfaction of ANYTHING anymore. It's obvious that many of us (not us here per say), but us as humans are confused and that's exactly what these big corporations want us to be - confused and gullible. As far as McPoophead's House? That's a HUGE tax write off for them and if the American Cancer Society wasn't creating cancers, there wouldn't be a need for McGagme's Houses. And that's a whole other thread that should be going on...I refer you to the Cancer Prevention Coalition website, www.preventcancer.com, where you will find information on the ACS.
For example, see:
Also, a search engine is available on the site.
But...I like that this thread is all about opinions and I have read each and respect each of ya'll's rights to voice these opinions. Another fine perk of freedom of speech!
Veganforlife, absolutely! I don't see a corporation that contributes to so much disease as philanthropic in the slightest. If they really cared, they'd stop making the almightly dollar off the addictions they cause. That's why I said in my previous post, that I don't consider McD's to be a real restaurant. It's like a zoo in there, and is not any place I'd call a "restaurant", despite what heading you'd find it in, in the yellow pages.
I doubt Mickey D's gives a rip if one person brings some fruit into their joint as long as they still have the herds baahing for them to give them big macs and supersized fries. They still are a multibillion dollar industry.
Now, in a real restaurant (doesn't even have to be fancy schmancy, either, just, real), I'd likely not bring anything of my own to eat. However, if there were truly nothing I could, or wanted to, eat on the menu, I'd simply sip some water or at least try to get some salad with no dressing. If the waitstaff appeared friendly and accomodating, I'd ask for something special and leave a generous tip if they could manage to get what I request.
I have and still do use the facilities at McPukes though, as often my 4 year old who's doing an "I gotta go" dance would rather pee her pants than go in a bush :)
We don't eat dressing. Neither of us like it. We like our veggies plain.
Originally Posted by honeybee joy