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Because he gained hella weight while working there…

Judge: McDonald’s must pay obese employee $17.5K

Oct. 29, 2010, 4:33AM

SAO PAULO — A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald’s must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds (30 kilograms) while working there for a dozen years.

The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald’s hired “mystery clients” to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.

The man also said the company offered free lunches to employees, adding to his caloric intake while on the job. His identity was not released.

The ruling was signed Tuesday by Judge Joao Ghisleni Filho in Porto Alegre.

Ghisleni said McDonald’s could appeal the case, and the Brazilian headquarters of the chain said in an e-mailed statement Thursday it was weighing its legal options.

McDonald’s also noted that it offers healthier food choices.

“The chain offers a large variety of options and balanced menus to cater (to) the daily dietary needs of its employees,” the company said in the statement.

McDonald’s headquarters is in Oak Brook, Illinois.


McWedding – McDonalds Pursues Wedding Market With Burger Cakes

HONG KONG (LALATE) – Your McMarriage dreams are answered. McDonalds (NYSE: MCD) in Hong Kong will offer McWeddings, they tell local news, wedding ceremonies that will even include burger cakes. The McWedding craze came after local franchise operators reported to local news the demands. Owners said that they were getting ten calls a month from people asking to have their wedding ceremony inside McDonalds.

So McDonalds reps in Hong Kong reveal to the South China Morning Post News that they jumped at the offer to provide McWeddings. The McWedding ceremony (and yes, that is what it is called) will feature a complete McDonalds meal along with options. But the notable addition is a wedding cake which can be made out of the apple pie or even burgers.

McDonald’s Hong Kong director of corporate communications and relations Helen Cheung Yuen-ling tells news the demand has been overwhelming. “Over the past two years, we’ve started receiving calls from people who want to have a wedding party in our restaurants. There are about 10 calls a month. People said they’d dated here, or met here, and wanted to get married here … We see this as a business chance.”

Guests will be able to kiss after a nosh of French fries. Ronald McDonald will be in attendance at weddings, alcohol will not. Insiders think the idea will become yet another filet in the big fish of fast food weddings. Taco Bell, Burger King, and Krispy Kreme already offer similar such weddings with their own respective items.

Say Hello To Mechanically Separated Chicken

It’s what all fast-food chicken is made from—things like chicken nuggets and patties. Also, the processed frozen chicken in the stores is made from it.

Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve—bones, eyes, guts, and all.

It comes out looking like this…

There’s more: because it’s crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia, soaked in it, actually.

Then, because it tastes gross, it will be reflavored artificially.

Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial color.

But, hey, at least it tastes good, right?

High five, America!


Let’s keep things simple this week. When it comes to personal-care products, we are big believers in streamlining what you use—see “Eight Products You Think You Need But Don’t” for a refresher—buying less in general, and getting creative. We have both always loved experimenting in our kitchens and our bathrooms, checking ingredients in products we love, isolating the main ones, and then trying them on their own. Sometimes it works: A favorite hair leave-in contained aloe, for example, so one day we tried aloe alone and found that, lo and behold, it worked just fine on its own. And sometimes it didn’t. Over the years we have tried dozens of DIY beauty recipes to find ones we like—and that work. Below are our favorite six. And the best thing about these is that none contains more than four ingredients, and chances are good you have them all in your kitchen already. So get cookin’ and if you have your own, be sure to share it in the comments.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of ingredients for

Simple body scrub

Honey face wash

One-ingredient eye liner


Shave Oil

Yogurt face mask

This is a series inspired by No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, a book by GOOD’s features editor Siobhan O’Connor and her co-author Alexandra Spunt.

Read more on their blog

Illustrations by Brianna Harden

Credit for this internet Gem: Black Beard

Baby carrots take on junk food with hip marketing campaign

By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY
Name a snack food that’s neon orange and makes a loud crunch when munched.

If you picked Cheetos, the nation’s biggest producer of baby carrots wants you to think again.

Just in time for the battle over what’s gonna be in millions of back-to-school lunches, Bolthouse Farms and nearly 50 other carrot growers today will unveil plans for the industry’s first-ever marketing campaign. The $25 million effort sets its sights on a giant, big-spending rival: junk food.

The $1 billion baby carrot world — hit by the recession following years of growth — is taking on the $18 billion salty snack food industry by trying to beat it at its own hip marketing game.

Imagine baby carrots:

•Packaged in Doritos-like bags. Three different designs are planned.

•Sold out of cool school vending machines. Tests are underway in Cincinnati and Syracuse, N.Y.

•Sporting slogans like this on billboards and packs: “The original orange doodles.”

•Touting seasonal tie-ins. Coming this Halloween: scarrots.

•Offering a phone app powered by the sound of folks munching carrots in real time.

•Airing TV spots that tout baby carrots as extreme, futuristic and even, yes, sexy.

“It’s not an anti-junk-food campaign,” says Jeff Dunn, Bolthouse Farms CEO and a former North America president at Coca-Cola. “It takes a page out of junk food’s playbook and applies it to baby carrots.”

The agency behind the campaign, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, is known for outside-the-box concepts. It created Burger King‘s viral marketing hit “Subservient Chicken” and the anti-smoking campaign

“Carrots don’t have all the news that junk food comes with,” says Tiffany Rolfe, group creative director at Crispin. So, Crispin’s job is to create news.

Ad psychologist Carol Moog says kids may be disappointed to find all the flashy ads are really just for carrots. She says they need to make carrots more fun — like, perhaps, putting an orange (but natural) dusting on carrots that mimics Cheetos.

Consultant Kate Newlin says she wants to like the idea. She loves the fact that carrots are the color of Cheetos and make the crunch of Doritos. But she says she is not quite buying the premise of carrots mimicking junk food. “The guilt is missing,” says Newlin, author of Passion Brands. “I don’t think Frito-Lay will be trembling.”

Frito-Lay, in fact, is crowing.

“We’re happy to serve as an inspiration,” spokesman Chris Kuechenmeister says. “We know people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. We applaud any effort to provide consumers with a wider range of snacking options.”

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