“54 Stories of Old Ireland” (2003-2008), TIFF print, 40″ x 16″
Most of my friends and acquaintances are simply stunned that I could have reached my 60s and still not have eaten at McDonalds. The main reason is that just getting inside the store is impossible for me because of that abhorrent smell that emanates from each and every one of their restaurants.
Here is Reason #117 from the Lovely County Citizen, Eureka Springs, Arkansas:
All John Carel expected on Sunday afternoon was a couple of juicy angus burgers from McDonald’s drive-through window for him and his wife.What he didn’t expect was that someone else had already taken a bite out of his before it got handed out the window.
When he opened the box and saw that one big and perfect bite was already missing, and realized the burger was cold as well, he made a beeline back to McD’s and asked for the manager. He spoke with a manager he identified as “Larry” and showed him the burger, still in the box. When Larry asked him what he wanted to do about it, Carel said, “I’d like to go into the kitchen and find out who did this and talk to him.”
According to Carel, Larry then told him it was a hamburger that a previous customer had returned, apologized for it being sold that way, and laughed it off.
I have to say that I am not opposed to fast-food. In fact, I have a hankering for an A&W Teen Burger right now. But McDonald’s — never.