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Old 07-28-2006, 09:14 AM   #21
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More interesting is how much of the average salary it takes to buy the Big Mac. Taxes aside, this will change a lot from NYC to Alabama.

This puts it in more of a perspective (in the local currency; from 2003):
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Old 07-28-2006, 09:28 AM   #22
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Maybe I should work part time at mcd's and accidentally allow a few tubes of delicious big mac caulk to meander their way into my trunk.

Taco bell at least has the decency to put their sauce within reach of my thieving hands so all I have to do is eat there to acquire their delicious sauce.
Better be careful...macdonalds corporate will sic some black suits on you.

Seriously though...I once had a somewhat remote customer who supplied macdonalds, and when we pulled into the parking lot and hopped out in our suits, we initiated a scramble at the factory. Apparently macdonalds periodically does surprise inspections of their suppliers, and anyone doing anything out of spec is no longer a supplier...ever.

At least taco bell tells you whats in their food...the "taco maker", a chain I visited in my teens, wouldnt acknowledge or identify the type of meat in their products. After some effort, the manager finally admitted that he had no idea, that it just came in a large can that said 'taco maker meat' on it.

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More interesting is how much of the average salary it takes to buy the Big Mac. Taxes aside, this will change a lot from NYC to Alabama.

This puts it in more of a perspective (in the local currency; from 2003):
It is misleading to a certain extent. McD's has more style and luxury appeal in many parts of the world. You probably wouldn't see a bunch of lower-class folks gobbling up McD's big macs in a lot of these developing nations, when they could eat at a restaurant next door for 1/10 the price (if they even eat out at all!).
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Old 07-28-2006, 09:31 AM   #24
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More interesting is how much of the average salary it takes to buy the Big Mac. Taxes aside, this will change a lot from NYC to Alabama.
I believe that was the original intent of the Big Mac Index.

Thanks for perking my memory. *

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Old 07-28-2006, 09:34 AM   #25
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THE BIG MAC INDEX

The Economist's Big Mac index seeks to make exchange-rate theory more digestible. It is arguably the world's most accurate financial indicator to be based on a fast-food item. (Here is a brief explanation and video clip.)

http://www.economist.com/markets/Bigmac/Index.cfm

(Good video explanation).
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Old 07-28-2006, 12:49 PM   #26
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Now it comes in caulking tubes...
1 c. Miracle Whip
1/3 c. creamy style French dressing
1/4 c. sweet pickle relish
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. dried minced onion
1/4 tsp. pepper
Mix and let stand overnight.
I'm confused. Is this recipe for Big Mac sauce or for caulk? And is it paintable?
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Old 07-28-2006, 02:46 PM   #27
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Secret Sauce:

1/2 cup mayo
2 tablespoons French dressing
4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon finely mince white onion
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine all incredients in a bowl. Stir well.

Place in cover container and refrigerate overnight.

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Its also a close cousin to the Louis dressing I make for the seafood louis salad I make up about once a week.

8oz mayo, sour cream or a mix of both
1/4 cup ketchup
half a small red onion minced finely
couple of dashes of tabasco
teaspoon of lemon juice
few drops of worcestershire

Bed of lettuce, some quartered tomatoes, hard boiled egg, black olives, and any combo of chilled crab, shrimp or scallops, dressing in a dipping bowl and leave the utensils in the drawer.
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Sounds much better than McDonald's...
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Waaayyyy better than micky-d's...

Takes 10 minutes to make too.
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I live in acommunity of canoossers. MacDonalds has to pay us to eat their stuff.
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Well, I must be younger than CFB, because by the time I worked at McD's, we got all of our big mac sauce from the McD factory in caulk-like containers and we put them into specially made guns with triggers (I am serious). I could sauce-up 12 big macs in about 2 seconds, I am not kidding -- at times I could put one in each hand and sauce up twice as fast. When we ran out -- RELOAD!!!!

What you LBYM guys really need is a GHETTO BIG MAC for $1.00. Here is the demo:



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A little unwanted nostalgia for former mickey-d workers...

Third worst thing: "Hey you...go do a lot check" (You'll be picking up a lot of lazy peoples garbage)

Second worst thing: "You're on dress, pie and filet today" (You'll be getting treated for burns later on)

First worst thing: "BUS! Lets go to a dozen-six, on the turn". ('bus' is self explanatory. A dozen-six on the turn is a dozen regular burgers and six two patty big macs where after you turn the first dozen you put another dozen down.) Given the time constraints posed by the timers, I've seen guys have to use BOTH sides of the spatula to finish turning the first twelve before the second twelve are ready.

Kramer...this was in the mid 70's in the northeast. I remember spending my mornings defrosting the frozen lettuce, rehydrating the dried onion bits, and mixing the mayo, ketchup and onion with hand diced pickles and then adding sugar to it.

Mmmm, mmmm....dicing pickles with burns on your hands...nothing like it...
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A little unwanted nostalgia for former mickey-d workers...
Third worst thing: "Hey you...go do a lot check" (You'll be picking up a lot of lazy peoples garbage)
Second worst thing: "You're on dress, pie and filet today" (You'll be getting treated for burns later on)
First worst thing: "BUS!* Lets go to a dozen-six, on the turn".* ('bus' is self explanatory.* A dozen-six on the turn is a dozen regular burgers and six two patty big macs where after you turn the first dozen you put another dozen down.)* Given the time constraints posed by the timers, I've seen guys have to use BOTH sides of the spatula to finish turning the first twelve before the second twelve are ready.
Kramer...this was in the mid 70's in the northeast.* I remember spending my mornings defrosting the frozen lettuce, rehydrating the dried onion bits, and mixing the mayo, ketchup and onion with hand diced pickles and then adding sugar to it.
Mmmm, mmmm....dicing pickles with burns on your hands...nothing like it...
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I made a special trip into McDonald's yesterday just to find the price of a Big Mac. But it wasn't listed anywhere on the menu. Just meal deals, etc.

I would have asked, but the place was a madhouse.
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They want you to get the meals, french fries and coke cost a nickel to produce. They lose money or break even on most of the sandwiches separately.

Ironically, the coke and fries are the worst nutritional part of the meal. And if you have them hold the mayo or special sauce, the average fast food sandwich isnt that bad. Of course, then it tastes like crap...ok...crappier.

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Hell yeah. Not much redeeming value in that job, although given that they didnt want you to stand still for a minute and the managers were abusive buttheads, it might have been excellent preschooling for bootcamp.

I did hear that mickeyd's was a lot better than working at a donut shop. Earlier hours, lots more burns, and an even more frenetic pace.

Oh yeah, back on topic...$2.29 for one at the mickeys in the walmart thats right next to four other fast food joints. I forgot to ask about the "twofer" big mac deal.
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Did my time in a Pizza Slut Hut, where I earned a hefty $1.70 / hr... (1975)

But the Michelob on tap was a nice perk... 8)
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When mickey-d's finally hits bottom, I fully expect to see them roll out McBeer and McWine.
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I checked the mcdonald's in the walmart in Raleigh. $2.49.

I can now report back on the BK Triple stacker. $3.99 for an ok sandwich. Nothing unique about it. Wouldn't get it again. Their value meals for the bk stackers are 6-7 bucks! I'd rather go next door to chili's or TGI Fridays and pay about the same thing for a much better burger.
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I think you can already get McBeer and McWine in some European markets, and I seem to recall ordering a few McVodkas while in Poland.....
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