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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 04:39 PM

Got Kinda ticked off today

Took my young grandson to lunch today at McDonald’s live in mostly a conservative area so used to Fox News being on its irritating but I never thought much more beyond we will eat and leave.
Today for some reason it irritated me. I think I thought “really you cater to kids and you put that” Anyhow after looking around seeing a fairly good mix of ages in the restraunt I asked if it was possible to change it. The young girl came back and said “they said NO! they’ve been through this before and it’s a legal thing”.
That ticked me off! to her because it wasn’t her fault I said “ Seriously maybe they should put on something like animal planet that shouldn’t offend anyone” she said “yea”.
Then I went and sent McDonald’s an email complaint and said much of the above but also added basically this “seriously a legal thing” unless Fox News is sponsoring the tv time in McDonald’ and if they are then that should be clearly posted.
I would suggest either animal planet or you tube videos if puppies and kittens. a local restraunt has something like that playing and it’s relaxing and people of all ages can enjoy unless they are cruel and heartless.
I await there reply.
Knowing the area I live in I probably would of been ok if they had said something like most of the patrons prefer it ( elderly conservatives drinking their coffee) but to say it’s a legal thing I can’t think of any reason mcdonalds would legally have to put on Fox News over some other channel unless they are paid to do so so the answer pissed me off.

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Reply Got Kinda ticked off today (Original post)
thinkingagain Aug 2019 OP
bcool Aug 2019 #1
thinkingagain Aug 2019 #3
prudence54 Aug 2019 #27
pangaia Aug 2019 #30
blueinredohio Aug 2019 #2
dchill Aug 2019 #4
Doreen Aug 2019 #7
UniteFightBack Aug 2019 #10
quickesst Aug 2019 #20
wcmagumba Aug 2019 #5
KY_EnviroGuy Aug 2019 #6
thinkingagain Aug 2019 #8
marble falls Aug 2019 #9
RhodeIslandOne Aug 2019 #13
RhodeIslandOne Aug 2019 #11
cwydro Aug 2019 #12
Solomon Aug 2019 #17
pangaia Aug 2019 #31
barbtries Aug 2019 #14
thinkingagain Aug 2019 #16
FakeNoose Aug 2019 #15
kairos12 Aug 2019 #18
JDC Aug 2019 #19
treestar Aug 2019 #21
Ferrets are Cool Aug 2019 #22
maxsolomon Aug 2019 #23
mtngirl47 Aug 2019 #24
Kaiserguy Aug 2019 #25
3Hotdogs Aug 2019 #26
wasupaloopa Aug 2019 #28
SCVDem Aug 2019 #29
srobertss Aug 2019 #32
Ligyron Aug 2019 #33
thinkingagain Aug 2019 #35
MustLoveBeagles Aug 2019 #34
thinkingagain Aug 2019 #36
Niagara Aug 2019 #37
Pacifist Patriot Aug 2019 #38

Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 04:46 PM

1. Zap the TVs

I know what you mean...it seems like the McDonald's around me are the few remaining businesses who consistently have Fox News on, and it bugs me, too.

They're independently owned, so I suspect it's the owners making the choice of what to show.

One time I took my homemade TV zapper in and used it, but it shut off all their menu boards, too - oops So, I won't use that anymore

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Response to bcool (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 04:51 PM

3. Your zapper made me laugh

Only go back and do that again when your reallllly pissed off😂

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Response to bcool (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:06 PM

27. We got a TV Zapper back in the early 2000s

Just for when we went to visit my parents. My mom was really into Court TV in the 90s and that morphed into HLN and then she got into FOX and she would watch it 24/7 because she never worked outside the home and became a depressed, fearful shut-in after we all left home.

In the evenings my Dad would come home from work and get his daily FAUXtrage over FOX's version of current events. There was still a lot of obsession with Clinton's blowjob & impeachment, and a lot of defending Dubya and labeling people who didn't agree with Dubya, ANTI-AMERICAN.

When we'd drive 4 hours to go visit them, it was literally us having to yell over FOX NEWS. What a friggin nightmare..

The zapper worked, but of course my Dad wouldnt let it alone until he figured out what was wrong.. he'd start ripping shit apart...so it was only temporary relief. We'd just zap it when they were pre-occupied, but 5 minutes later one of them would notice, bitch about the stupid old TV, and turn it back on. It was the background of their lives. I fear, I know.. it's the brainwashing background to many many Americans lives...

It's nothing short of a CULT

I avoid a local pizzeria because they show Fox News in the dining room. It's insulting to my intelligence so I just choose not to go there. It's never full, but it is popular for kids parties because there is a lot of chairs and tables that you can shove together in any formation or size. So, in other words, FOX news for the little birthday kiddos! And a claw vending machine, and few arcade machines. What kid could ask for more.?

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Response to bcool (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:29 PM

30. Shutting off the menu boards would be a boon to humanity...



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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 04:46 PM

2. I live in a red area but our McDonald's doesn't even have a t.v.

As a matter of fact I've never seen a t.v. in any McDonald's I've ever been in.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 04:52 PM

4. I haven't seen one WITHOUT one in years.

And usually they're tuned to Foxnews.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:06 PM

7. Same here. Even in my red county.

I do not usually go to McDonalds but when I have been there there is no t.v.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:28 PM

10. I have never seen a TV in a McDonalds either. nt

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:33 PM

20. I'm with you on that

I'm in my sixties and I have never seen a television set inside of a McDonald's, and I've eaten a lot of McDonald's burgers.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 04:52 PM

5. Same thing here in a red area...

the McDumbos always has Faux News playing...I asked them to turn it down
once and the worker kid said I'll ask but nothing ever changed...I don't go there
anymore except maybe the drive through...trying to give up fast food altogether.
The owner drives one of those super giant pickups (these annoy me, sorry to you
dem pickup owners) and probably has a Drumph shrine in his home...

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:03 PM

6. I hope you can speak to their management and determine why...

they said it's a legal thing. Hard to believe McD's has become enamored with Faux.

One thing's for certain: a customer in any restaurant should be able to eat their meal in peace and quiet, but especially without a sound that is annoying to any patron.

I would rather listen to ten side grinders and a dentist's drill at once while eating than a moment of Faux News.

KY......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:16 PM

8. Oh no sound!

Their mouths are moving but nothing coming out.
So you have to focus and read the words in some ways that’s worse. Because some little movement will catch your eye and you turn to see what and then you start reading the hearing impaired caption.

As for speaking to the management I think I’ve never heard nice of either of the local McDonald’s management but I did send the email probably won’t amount to much but honestly that’s a big step for me I am usually a “ don’t make waves” kinda person. But don’t like LIES.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:26 PM

9. The VA hospital in Temple got rid of Fox three or four yrears ago because people ...

got in fights over it. They play mainly old series and it is much more pleasant there.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #9)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:31 PM

13. All the doctor's offices I go to now play HGTV or Food Network

Smart.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:30 PM

11. Mcdonald's that has TV puts on CNN where I live.

"legal thing" is bullshit. The again this is a blue state.

I'm shocked McDonalds permits any news station at all.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:30 PM

12. TVs in McDonald's? Really?

I’ve not been inside one in a long time, but I don’t remember TVs.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #12)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:48 PM

17. A lot of them are getting upgrades and they

are installing TVs with the upgrades. I go once in a while for a breakfast sandwich. Went in after the upgrade and theres the tv blasting fox news. Pissed me off so I made a note to tell the manager that if he continued show fox news, I wouldn't spend my money there. Didnt get to speak to him that day but the next time I went back, they were playing CNN. So I thought good, somebody else told him. The next time I went in they were playing a nonstop insurance commercial so I figured a trumpster must have complained about CNN so he decided not to do any of the cable news shows.

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Response to Solomon (Reply #17)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:31 PM

31. Installing a TV is a downgrade.

Why don't they upgrade their human-killing food.. !


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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:36 PM

14. At a Homewood Suites in Phoenix last summer,

Fox was on in the lobby. I complained and requested a change and the clerk told me he wasn't allowed to change it. So I went on FB, checked in (which names the hotel and location), told my story and mentioned that would be the last time I would ever stay there.

went on upstairs and got ready for work...when i went back to the lobby about 15 minutes later, CNN was on. Shaming can work.

"It's a legal thing" has got to be bullshit in my opinion. someone told her to say that.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #14)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:47 PM

16. Don't have FB etc

Best I can do is email complaint
unless I can convince a family member to put it on FB
Hong is the young girl said they told her they have been asked before that means others have complained unless it used to be on CNN then they moved to Fox but I doubt it. I think I remember seeing it on Fox before. I don’t go there much just when testing the grandkids because they like McDonald’s. Anyhow if others have complained that means they don’t give a shit and have come up with this “it’s a legal thing”
Don’t know what it is about McDonald’s it’s always busy compared to the other fast food places around.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:42 PM

15. Good for you! It's good that you spoke up

The TV should remain OFF if they can't decide on a channel that will please their customers.
Here's an oldie - The customer is always right!

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:06 PM

18. Got into big time at my gym over this issue.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:13 PM

19. I noticed that this weekend also in our local McD's

I used the restroom and left. I won't go back as a result.

And that answer they gave you is pure BS.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:37 PM

21. Stupid business practice

even in a red area. Why broadcast the controversy? Someone won't like it. A McDs should be in the business of trying to attract as many customers as possible. Why turn even some off over something that has nothing to do with your brand?

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:38 PM

22. I will not eat in an establishment that ONLY has that shit on the tv...

PERIOD END OF STORY.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:41 PM

23. I'd be shocked if it was their corporate policy

But the franchisees can probably set their own policy regarding Fox.

You can tell them you won't patronize their store as a result. They won't care much.

Also:
https://www.tvbgone.com/shop/

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:47 PM

24. My bank had Fox and after years of me asking--they finally

have it on the weather channel and everybody is happy!

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:47 PM

25. If I go out to eat

and they have on Fox I leave and tell them why I am leaving.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:57 PM

26. -- went to a White Castle in western N.J.

Fuckin' Jesus show was on the tube.

I emailed corporate and was sent a couple for a coupl'a burgers or whatever.

When I went back a few weeks later, Jesus wasn't there. Now since he is everywhere -- or at least his father is, maybe its o.k.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:08 PM

28. I got Sears in my area to turn off Fox on floor demonstration

 

TV’s by writing to Sears public relations

I know it was me because I knew the store manager and she got a letter saying someone in her area complained.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:09 PM

29. There's an app for that!

There's a lot of TV Remote apps.

If you can't see the satellite box you can't change the channel of course, but you can still program for the brand of tv and turn it off,

Everyone has a phone so they will have no clue.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:32 PM

32. Holiday Inn (I think) in San Antonio

had the room TVs set to Fox whenever it was turned on, regardless of what channel you were watching when you turned it off.

I heard this from a friend who stayed there a few weeks ago, that’s why I said “I think” about which chain it was. She was going to send in a complaint.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:37 PM

33. About that "legal thing".

I heard a story awhile back that claimed Fox provides the TV to businesses but they have to agree to have Fox News on it at all times. I can't remember where I heard this and have no idea if it is actually true.

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #33)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:44 PM

35. If that's true then they

Should have to post a sign saying that. At least in my opinion.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:39 PM

34. You'd think they would have it on something like Animal Planet anyway

No one would fight over cute animals. If customers want to watch Fox that much they can do it on their phone.

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Reply #34)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:47 PM

36. That's what I told the worker

And said in my email. Put something like animal planet or you tube videos of cute animals only heartless people would complain about that and the interest spans all generations. It’s a win win for the customers and establishment. Everyone’s happy.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:58 PM

37. I found 2 interesting links related to McPukes and Politics

https://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/which-chain-restaurants-support-liberal-or-conservative-views.html/

You’ve certainly been to this fast food restaurant. And Eater says during the 2016 election season, McDonald’s gave 63% of its donations, which equalled nearly $2 million, to Republicans. While it’s clear where the company’s PAC stands, typically the workers of fast food restaurants lean more liberal. In the case of McDonald’s, the opposite is true. McDonald’s workers also donated over $3,000 to Trump’s campaign.



https://www.newsweek.com/viral-tweet-shows-list-fast-food-chains-that-are-reportedly-supporting-trumps-re-election-1453541

The netizen — whose real name is Zuriel Sanders — told Newsweek Friday, "In my tracking down I noticed a lot of the companies are funding PACS which are directly helping Trump's re-election or have helped in the past. It's indirect but I still see it as them supporting his campaign even if it's indirect you know?"



Personally, I'd rather eat at home instead of eating toxic sludge. Fast food isn't healthy and it's expensive in calories and price.

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Response to thinkingagain (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 10:30 AM

38. Whenever I see Fox News on, I ask them to change the tv to a news channel.

Usually it gets changed, but occasionally I'll get push back like you did.

Bit of a weird one at a BJs Brewhouse in Orlando a few weeks ago. I asked the server to change to a news station and she said, "oh, we're only allowed to have sports on in here." I said, "Great! I have no problem with you changing from Fox News to ESPN. Sounds like a plan."

Despite reminding her twice during my meal, it never did get changed.

The manager was at the door as I left and asked how my meal was. I told him it was the last one I'd ever eat there because of the Fox News situation. Doubt it will make a difference, but at least he knows how one patron felt.

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