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McDonald's Denies Prof's Claim Staff Attacked Him For Wearing Digital Glasses

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the grimace-on-grimace dept.

Crime 627

Sparrowvsrevolution writes "In an update to a story posted on Slashdot earlier this week, McDonald's has responded to the claims of Steve Mann, a University of Toronto professor and augmented reality pioneer who says McDonald's staff in Paris assaulted him tried to pull off a computer eyepiece he's worn for decades, then threw him out of the restaurant. McDonald's confirms that Mann was ejected from the premises, but denies that there was a 'physical altercation' with staff or that they destroyed any of his property. That last claim is especially dubious, since Mann has posted photos taken from his eyepiece that show McDonald's staff ripping up a doctor's note that he showed them to explain his need to wear the device. The company still hasn't explained why Mann was removed from the restaurant, but Mann has speculated that it has a policy against recording."

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It's too much! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692535)

I can't hold anymore! I'm going to have to fart out of my fuck!

hey ronald... (5, Funny)

tommeke100 (755660) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692565)

release the security cams!

And looks like someone failed hamburger college!

Re:hey ronald... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40693055)

I wish there were footage of my buying a McRib and the result: Two days of Projectile Vomiting. (The McRib was the only thing I ate that day -- I was a poor student at the time -- so I definitely know where it came from.) That was 17 years ago. I haven't bought a burger and especially a McRib from McDonalds since. (Though I do stop in for breakfast when traveling on occasion.) The great thing is that I have no desire to eat a McDonalds burger since and I have no doubt that I'm not missing anything.

there are signs (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692567)

there are signs on every McDonald's across europe (no pictures/no dogs/no smoking)
it's pretty obvious this is just a paranoid american, incapable of reading door signs..

Re:there are signs (2)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692611)

Well, I guess technically, since Canada is in North America, Professor Mann would be an american. However, usually when people refer to someone as an american, they mean a citizen of the U.S.. Professor Mann is a Canadian.

Re:there are signs (-1, Redundant)

Sussurros (2457406) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692785)

When I learned Spanish, over twenty years ago, "americano" meant anyone from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Now it means anyone from the US and no-one else. This change happened in English long ago and I think we're going to have just leave the word to the Yanks and live without a word for someone from either the North or South Amercas.

Re:there are signs (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692891)

This isn't redundant, it'f OFF TOPIC: the word they used was "American" not "americano." What relevant does spansh you learned, at any point, have to do with the English word "American"?

Re:there are signs (-1, Offtopic)

Johann Lau (1040920) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692973)

Hey-hey-hey-hey-yeah
  Hey-hey-hey-hey-yeah oh
  ThereÂs a place
  Where a kid without a cent
  He can grow up to be president (to be president)
  A magic kingdom filled with Barbie-Dolls
  If youÂve got time we can make it a good time
  Ooh yea-eah, yea-eah
  Americanos
  Blue Jeans and Chinos
  Coke Pepsi and Oreos
  Americano-ooh-ohs
  Movies and heroes
  In the land of the free
  You can be what you wanna be
  Ah yeah yea-eah
  They know how to advertise
  Sell you anything at any price
  Need it or not thatÂs what you got yeah
  Take no bull from anyone
  We just wanna have some fun
  We got the queen of soul
  Created rockÂnÂroll yeah
  (queen of soul oh-oh oh-oh)
  Ah yeah yea-ea-ea-eah (oh yeah yeah)
  Americanos
  Blue jeans an Chinos (blue jeans)
  Coke Pepsi and Oreos
  Americano-ooh-ohs
  Low riding chicanos
  In the land of the free
  You can be what you wanna be
  (Be what you want yeah)
  (Totally spectacular)
  (An educated consumer is our best concern)
  Yeah-ea-ea-ea-ea-eah
  Take it to the bridge one time yeah
  Satellite stations across the nations
  ThatÂs cable TV for you and me
  uh-huh-uh
  IÂm cleaning kitchens washing pots and pans
  EverythingÂs organised
  From crime to leisure time
  High schools and swimming pools
  King sharksÂnÂfools ooh-ooh
  Uh-huh-uh-huh
  Americanos
  Blue Jeans and Chinos
  Coke Pepsi and Oreos
  Americano-ooh-ohs
  Movies and heroes
  In the land of the free
  You can be what you wanna be
  Ah yeah yea-eah
  Americanos
  Blue Jeans and Chinos
  Coke Pepsi and Oreos
  Americano-ooh-ohs
  Movies and heroes
  In the land of the free
  You can be what you wanna be

Re:there are signs (-1, Flamebait)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693161)

About as much relevance as this [reference.com]

a native or inhabitant of any country of North, Central, or South America

America is not just "The United States of America". There are some continents that go by the name too.

Re:there are signs (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692921)

That's interesting because when I learned Spanish somewhat longer ago, "americano" already usually meant someone from the U.S., and when I visited a Latin American country a little over 20 years ago, the locals all asked if I was "americano", meaning from the U.S. So, the Spanish word "americano" has meant someone from the U.S. for quite some time now (admittedly, the Spanish speaking world is a large and diverse place, and my experience only really encompasses Mexico and Central America).
The main reason for my original post was that I am pretty sure that the poster I replied to thought that professor Mann was a U.S. citizen and used the term "american" in that manner, when in fact, Professor Mann is a Canadian.

Re:there are signs (1)

loneDreamer (1502073) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693065)

Actually you are completely right. The equivalent would be people from, say, the UK, calling themselves "European" in exclusion of everybody else in the same continent. Even more curious since America's name come from an Italian cartographer, Amerigo Vespucci, who only visited South America.

Re:there are signs (2)

Kreigaffe (765218) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693151)

And if the European Union were a nation, the citizens would be referred to as European -- and while the term would still apply to those of Europe as a whole, it would also apply to those of the nation with the word in its name. Unitedian? Statesian? No, citizens of the United States of America are -- following me camera guy? -- American.

If your usage of the term is ambiguous you use North or South American. Referring to both continents at the same time is about as common as referring to Europe and Asia together.

Re:there are signs (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692721)

Lol! faggot can't read that he's Canadian. You're a faggot! Eat that tasty fucking penis. Thrust it into the back of your throat faggot.

Re:there are signs (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692881)

Takes one to know one you cock-gobbling faggot.

Re:there are signs (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40693069)

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Re:there are signs (5, Insightful)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692989)

there are signs on every McDonald's across europe (no pictures/no dogs/no smoking)

Yes, restaurants usually hate dogs on premises, but even in France, a restaurant can be fined from 150 to 450 Euros for refusing service to a disabled person because of their service dog [chiensguides.fr] (at least, that was the fine in 2003, that fine may have gone up since then). And in the end, it really doesn't matter what the sign supposedly says. A sign at the door can never supersede what the law of the country you're in dictates.

And it doesn't matter if the person at the food counter doesn't believe in someone's disability. Usually, a Medical Doctor is asked to make that call, not some fast food minimum wage worker. This point is important because many people can be considered legally blind even if they're only half blind, or have a form of blindness that doesn't make them appear blind to the casual observer.

The same goes if you don't believe someone's medical documentation. It's not your call to tear it up, even if you believe it's BS. If you have any doubts, just call the police and ask them to investigate it. Do not take the law into your own hands. A McDonald's T-shirt doesn't imbue you with special authority to just tear up other people's medical documentation.

Re:there are signs (5, Funny)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693025)

A McDonald's T-shirt doesn't imbue you with special authority to just tear up other people's medical documentation.

But.. But.. what about Mayor McCheese and Officer Big Mac?

Re:there are signs (5, Insightful)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693145)

No sign legalizes physical assault.

Yeah... (5, Interesting)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692569)

Ok, McD's... let's see the security footage.

You're in the court of public opinion and it ain't lookin' good.

Re:Yeah... (5, Insightful)

sabri (584428) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692619)

This is a PR nightmare for McDonald's and they're only making it worse. Yes, it is a franchise operation and yes it is the responsibility of the local franchise owner to have his staff treat their customers with respect (even if they throw him out).

What they should do is promptly apologize and sent that staff on customer service training.

(But then again, what can you expect from McDonalds staff? If they were so smart, they'd have my job.)

Live in Reality (4, Insightful)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692677)

This is a PR nightmare for McDonald's and they're only making it worse.

Nonsense. I read a number of newspapers and Internet news sites, and this is the first I've heard of it, and like most people, really don't care that much. I frequent Burger King (Home of the Whopper), but I think that realistically, only a very tiny number of McDonald's customers know about this, and of those, few care.

Your first paragraph is entirely hyperbole.

Re:Live in Reality (3, Insightful)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692719)

I'd have to agree with you. It's not changing my feelings towards McDonalds in general - mostly towards that one location. Every franchise has locations with great employees and locations with the laziest, dumbest idiots you'll ever meet.

Re:Live in Reality (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692857)

Nuke them all. From orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Re:Live in Reality (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692953)

Game over, man! Game over!!

Re:Live in Reality (1, Informative)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693159)

I would love to say it changed my opinion, but I have not been to a McDonalds in at least 7 years. Hard to change much.

Re:Live in Reality (0, Troll)

sabri (584428) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692761)

Nonsense. I read a number of newspapers and Internet news sites, and this is the first I've heard of it, and like most people, really don't care that much. I frequent Burger King (Home of the Whopper), but I think that realistically, only a very tiny number of McDonald's customers know about this, and of those, few care.

Your first paragraph is entirely hyperbole.

So, you read a number of newspapers? Wow, you are one of the few who actually still read tree-based news. Either way, just put "mcdonalds staff assult professor" in Google, and you'll see hundreds of hits.

This is a PR nightmare for McD. If it were not, Corporate would not have been involved. Stop trolling.

Re:Live in Reality (1, Insightful)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692825)

So who the fuck enters 'mcdonalds staff assault professor' into Google on random now then? Similar with 'Dr Mann McDonalds'. The first hit is The Register, the others seem to be geek sites as well. It hasn't reached the mainstream media, and no one cares.

Re:Live in Reality (4, Interesting)

Eevee (535658) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693007)

For what it's worth, the story is hitting Bing's "Popular Now". So anyone curious why "Human cyborg" is trending is getting to see Cyborg Steve Mann details alleged McDonald's assault [msn.com] as the top story.

Re:Live in Reality (1)

postofreason (1305523) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693077)

I just Googled the word "McDonalds" and it was the 7th selection in my list. Try it out!

Re:Yeah... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692951)

No, this [go.com] is a PR nightmare. And just like with super-sized drinks, removing it from their menu "had nothing to do with" this information hitting mainstream media.

Post hoc ergo proper hoc? (3, Informative)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692971)

Didn't McDonald's remove pink slime about 3 months before the story became mainstream?

Re:Yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40693083)

PR nightmare, yeah right. For dorks that read 2 stories on /. Nobody else has heard of this dude.

Re:Yeah... (-1, Flamebait)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692893)

Ok, McD's... let's see the security footage.

Camera footage without audio doesn't say much. Even when there is audio, you can't see from each person's vantage point. The Rodney King beating video, for example, was shown by various outlets as an example of police brutality. You can't see the gun he had on him in the video. Camera footage doesn't always tell the whole story; Which is precisely why camera footage doesn't mean anything in a court of law without witness testimony to back it up -- cameras can't be cross-examined.

Worse, the footage is likely low quality (320x280) and time lapsed; That is typical for security cameras. Most cameras in retail establishments are there to keep employees from stealing from the till.

Re:Yeah... (3, Informative)

johnny cashed (590023) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692923)

Wait, Rodney King was armed during his beating? Really? Do you have some links that support this?

Re:Yeah... (5, Funny)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693047)

Wait, Rodney King was armed during his beating?

Yes.. he had two of them.

Re:Yeah... (4, Informative)

Johann Lau (1040920) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693037)

Hey, it seems like you have some info Wikipedia is lacking.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_King#Confrontation [wikipedia.org]

Feel free to share whatever it is you got, or to retract. In the latter case you might also want to kick whoever told you that in the nuts, for making you seem like a racist to complete strangers :P

Re:Yeah... (1)

careysb (566113) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692905)

Ok, McD's... let's see the security footage.

Oh, and only WE are allowed to record.

Re:Yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692929)

You're in the FOOD court of public opinion and it ain't lookin' good.

There, fixed that for you.

Re:Yeah...see this (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40693033)

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=446456838718334&set=a.229161623781191.63906.215410238489663&type=1&ref=nf

You got see this L.E.D. Zeppelin

Re:Yeah... (1)

nazsco (695026) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693163)

> implying people that eat at mcdonalds care about the company public image

yeah. right.

Maybe they thought he was the (5, Funny)

slackware 3.6 (2524328) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692579)

Terminator or some other evil cyborg from the future.

Or maybe they were trying to save his life... (2, Interesting)

DuChamp Fitz (987592) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692727)

by keeping him from eating McDonald's.

These are both reasonably plausible expla (2)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692945)

nations.

Re:Maybe they thought he was the (1)

Gravis Zero (934156) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692915)

Maybe they thought he was the Terminator or some other evil cyborg from the future.

That's it! I knew there was something fishy about those Canadian folks.

Do they really show staff ripping up his doc note? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692591)

Or do they show staff ripping up a piece of paper?

If you're prejudiced, it's very easy to see what's not actually there.

Re:Do they really show st ripping up his doc note? (4, Insightful)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692777)

yeah, it's obviously one of the thousands of pieces of paper that McD employees routinely tear up during any normal shift.

Re:Do they really show st ripping up his doc note? (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692859)

So, that's it? That's your evidence? "They were tearing up a piece of paper, therefore they must have been tearing up the guy's doctor's note, therefore they also assaulted the guy."

For a criminal conviction, the burden of proof is on the prosecutor. That means they have to prove *everything*. In particular, that means that you cannot start by assuming that anything that the alleged victim says is true.

Try putting your hatred for McDonalds or love for this "MIT professor" aside for a moment. Imagine that the roles were reversed: a McDonalds member of staff posts a story about being assaulted and claims it was this professor doing it. He writes a "report" and posts a picture of the professor e.g. wiping his nose with a red handkerchief as evidence of a fight. How would that make you feel?

Nothing to see here folks (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692599)

Muslim gets away with being barbaric to civilized people, in supposedly a civilized nation, Corporation denies activity despite undeniable evidence to the contrary.

How you say, "News at 11?"

Re:Nothing to see here folks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692901)

Muslim gets away with being barbaric to civilized people, in supposedly a civilized nation, Corporation denies activity despite undeniable evidence to the contrary.

How you say, "News at 11?"

Dude you can't call out Corporations like that... You already have a -1 because of some McDonald's Corporate shill!

I stand behind McDonalds (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692623)

Sorry, I know this won't be popular, but I hate the thought of everyone recording everything at all times.

What's next, am I going to have to wear blur suits like in Scanner Darkly?

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (1, Interesting)

ThatsMyNick (2004126) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692645)

Do you also stand behind assaulting customers?

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692661)

Running a pizza place very late, I have had to on a few occasions ;-)

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692731)

I stand behind the freedom for someone to claim they've been assaulted, and to concoct an unbelievable story in which they carefully avoid any description of what happened just before the alleged assault.

I stand behind their freedom to show pictures of people ripping up a piece of paper and to claim anything they want about what that paper said or who owned it.

I even stand behind their freedom to claim that, despite a description of a brazen attack and insistence upon the availability of evidence, police and other officials simply ignored their report.

But assault? No, of course I don't stand behind that. But I don't see what assault has to do with this story.

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (1)

ThatsMyNick (2004126) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693031)

Despite pictures of the assault?

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692741)

*I* hate the thought of drowning in an ocean of laws that prevent me from recording anything. Recordings are very important legal self-defense, and people should absolutely be allowed to do it when in public or in publicly-serving private establishments (like restaurants where people might be pooping in your food).

If you don't want to be recorded, stay home. When you are out in public, you have NO expectation of privacy, and you should just get over your discomfort about being recorded just as you must get over your discomfort about being seen at all. You could also wear face-covering clothing, of course, and if that makes you look like a putz, well to damn bad.

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692783)

Except I have a choice to walk into a store, I don't have a choice whether I pass one of you idiots on the sidewalk

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (2)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693153)

Buy a ski mask or walk at night.

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (3, Interesting)

Namarrgon (105036) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692745)

But it's cool for McDonald's (and most retailers) to record you, with their own security cameras?

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (0)

cornfeed (2141840) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692829)

Then don't shop there?! I shop at plenty of places that only record the last 3 days or don't have cameras at all. Am I the only one that remembers all the pissed off people when Google Street View came out? I keep my blinds closed a lot more since then...I don't feel like that is fair that I have to be worried inside my own home.

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692911)

I've been reloading Google Street View every six hours on your house, hoping that Google will snap a photo late enough and with your lights on such that I can see inside. Boy are you ever going to be in trouble when I finally get that photo of you without a shirt on standing in front of your fridge!

But if you keep closing your blinds ... I guess we'll have to wait for Google Thermal View so that we can all finally see what it is you're doing at one second in time in your house.

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692747)

Not sure if this is true, but the previous story about this said that the device does not normally record (for more than a few seconds anyway, before it's overwritten), but that the damage caused by the altercation made the images stay in its memory.

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (2)

DuChamp Fitz (987592) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692759)

Apparently, the device only starts recording when it's damaged.

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692873)

Then why does he regularily save and update images from the device to his micro blog when no damage is done to the device at all?

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (1)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693167)

The restaurant was already recording you, FYI. It's just a question of who is doing the recording. Much like police: they will happily film you, brutalize you if you attempt to film them, and conveniently lose the tapes if one of their own cameras catches their corruption.

Re:I stand behind McDonalds (1)

nazsco (695026) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693171)

i can't stop thinking that yes, his device DOES store images in long term memory.

that IS recording. so he outright lied about not taking pictures with the device.

other than that, i think that their reasons were probably that they have illegal stuff going on at that store. like illegal labor or something.

obviously (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692625)

It's open season on McDonald's workers since they've got carte-blanche to attack you. Get them first with as much blunt force trauma as possible and see if those cocksuckers at the corporate office stay the fuck quiet. Hint - most close really late. Should be easy to disable their cars and pick them off.

I record everything I see and hear (4, Insightful)

Ichijo (607641) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692637)

...using organic video and audio sensors, onto a storage medium consisting of neurons and synapses. Does this mean they would throw me out, too?

Re:I record everything I see and hear (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692689)

how old school

what a luddite

Re:I record everything I see and hear (4, Insightful)

Trogre (513942) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692831)

Not likely, since any footage captured by your "recording device" cannot be reliably played back.

Re:I record everything I see and hear (1)

kperson (771747) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693009)

Prove it, send me a copy.

Get real (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692639)

Only an academic would expect "I had a doctor's note" to mean anything.

Re:Get real (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692669)

or a lawyer, faggot. Mmmmmm that yummy penis faggot? Suck it gooooood. Lick it clean!

Re:Get real (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692703)

There is no way for a McDonald's employee to know that is a real note!
They can't look it up in public record!

Re:Get real (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692793)

Mmmmmm yummy cummy jizz. It's so warm and good. Lick that cock clean motherfucker! Yummy cock!

Re:Get real (1)

broginator (1955750) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692877)

Jesus Christ what is wrong with people.

Re:Get real (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692949)

MMMMMmmmmm fat throbbing sweaty penis tastes good doesn't it motherfucker? Let the cum drip down the back of your throat faggot. Yeah, suck it good bitch!

Re:Get real (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40693023)

Welcome to the internet.

Re:Get real (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40693087)

Too bad for them then.
Try kicking out a blind person of a store you own because you have a "no dogs" policy, and then tell the judge, once you are sued for discrimination based on disability, "I thought it was not a real assistance dog and had no way to be sure it was real".

In cases like this, it's up to you to prove that the person you want to kick out is faking a disability or other medical condition. If you don't have that proof and choose to take the risk of assuming they're faking their condition, well you'll have to pay the price if it turns out you're wrong.

Steps in a McDonalds experience (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692671)

I always thought of the McDonalds experience as follow:
1. You know their food is shit before you start.
2. It tastes like shit while you eat.
3. You feel like shit afterwards.
4. (They) Profit

Now they've apparently added steps:
1.5 They treat you like shit while in store

Nice to see they're still working to grow the general shity-ness of the experience.

Re:Steps in a McDonalds experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692683)

4.5 Say customers a lying shits.

Re:Steps in a McDonalds experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692959)

5. Streisand Effect (more profit)

McD in Paris? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692691)

Weigh all the evidence before leaping to judgment. This is the last "restaurant" I would consider for any meal in Paris. Perhaps he had tastebud implants, too?

Re:McD in Paris? (5, Funny)

outsider007 (115534) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692939)

I would eat there. But only so I could order a 'royale with cheese'

Re:McD in Paris? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692999)

This is the last "restaurant" I would consider for any meal in Paris.

I guess you haven't traveled for weeks on end to places where the much-vaunted local food either tastes like shit or costs €80 for a tough cut of flank steak, two pieces of cool asparagus, and a "salad" consisting of a slice of tomato (albeit artfully arranged in the shape of a broken ukelele.) After a couple weeks of staying drunk enough to choke down the strained sink-basket-leavings sold as soup, McD's looks like a beacon of comfort food.

And then he gets typical French service anyway. Not sure what he expected over there, really.

footage of th conflict with the french cowslingers (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692717)

Re:footage of th conflict with the french cowsling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692833)

You making a movie about anti-tea party zombies? That would be great!

Re:footage of th conflict with the french cowsling (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692841)

That explains everything!

An Ridiculous Policy (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692735)

MacDonald's hostility to photography, like that of Starbucks, is ridiculous.

Modern digital cameras easy to conceal. Besides, anyone with genuine interior design talent could visit one of their business, eating a burger while seeming to be doing no more than casually glance around. They could then go away and recreate what they saw almost as precisely as a photograph.

These blunders are probably the result of lawyers getting involved. A lawyer will attempt to deny anything that he thinks the other side can't prove. MacDonald's lawyers apparently aren't aware of just how much got recorded.

One suggestion to Slashdot readers. If you're in a situation like this, do your best to use your phone to record what's happening without being noticed. That'll help the good guy in the dispute. You might even practice what you should do, from starting up a camera app to perhaps slipping it in a shirt pocket with the lens able to see everything that's happening.

--Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien

Re:An Ridiculous Policy (2)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692813)

"One suggestion to Slashdot readers. If you're in a situation like this, do your best to use your phone to record what's happening without being noticed. That'll help the good guy in the dispute. You might even practice what you should do, from starting up a camera app to perhaps slipping it in a shirt pocket with the lens able to see everything that's happening."

Good idea, and you might even get a viral video out of it.

Re:An Ridiculous Policy (1)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693121)

MacDonald's hostility to photography, like that of Starbucks, is ridiculous.

You're only saying that because you haven't seen what really goes into french burgers [blisstree.com] .

Hate Crime! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692807)

He was going to the mens room with a fucking webcam on his head that he has no medical necessity for.

He got kicked out. McD's guy was probably a dick about it.

Then he was so upset about it that he pissed his pants in the street, and that is what destroyed his glasses and iPhone.

"Hate Crime Against Worlds First Cyborg!"

Re:Hate Crime! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40693093)

webcam on his head that he has no medical necessity for.

"No medical necessity"? Even the summary of both of these stories says that he had a note from his doctor explaining the need for the device. Do you know better than the actual doctor that has studied his case and has in fact signed a letter attesting to that very necessity?

I expect that with your self-evident level of retardation, you've probably spent much of your life having your microscopic brain studied by doctors who can't explain how, despite your dearth of neurons, you have managed to keep breathing all these years. Here's a tip: being a lab specimen doesn't make you a doctor via osmosis.

The company hasn't explained (2)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692861)

The company still hasn't explained why Mann was removed from the restaurant

It's pretty obvious - we've all seen the photo of Mann and his headgear. That McDonalds obviously has a "no shirt, no shoes, no service" policy in place.

DPA (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40692961)

Why doesn't he do a Data Protection Act (all EU members have one) request on the CCTV footage, he will have to pay a small fee but he can get any footage he appears in.

This guy is a crybaby. (-1, Troll)

outsider007 (115534) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692969)

Boo hoo I violated a no-recording policy and was treated badly. Wait till he wanders into a girly bar or a casino with that thing.

Re:This guy is a crybaby. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40693053)

Yup, now that I've heard the other side of the story I can see the dude is an entitled bitch. Fuck him.

No Kidding! (5, Insightful)

chrismcb (983081) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692991)

They asked the "perps" individually, and they all said they treated Mr Mann with the utmost respect. No Kidding! What did you expect them to say? "Oh yeah, we beat that customer up."

Virtual Person vs. Cyborg. (-1, Flamebait)

o_ferguson (836655) | more than 2 years ago | (#40692997)

"If you think I've come all this way to watch two niggers beat the shit out of each other, you've got another think coming." -Hunter S. Thompson

There is a policy against recording (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40693003)

At least when I was there...

I was in a Paris McDonalds in 2005, and pulled out my camera to take a photo of the menu board. Before I could even focus a man tapped me on the shoulder, point at the camera, and shook his head. He had on a McDonalds uniform but I think was security. He didn't leave my side while in the store. I just wanted my Royale with Cheese photo!

policy against recording (4, Interesting)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 2 years ago | (#40693081)

The company still hasn't explained why Mann was removed from the restaurant, but Mann has speculated that it has a policy against recording.

Not sure about the arches (have refused to eat there for the last 36 years - that's my right, don't mod me down because you eat there), but I've seen a sign on company owned Burger King restaurants that forbid customers from using cameras on the premises. This warning is on the same door sticker that advises customers that the store is recording them! I asked the manager and he said, yes, it does apply ever to someone wanting to record a child's birthday party there. When I said "It makes you wonder and worry about what the company is trying to hide" he just laughed and said "Yea.".

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