Have a somewhat funny (at least to me) account of a fast food (BK) restaurant near where I used to live. As sometimes happens, the entire staff was of one culture that happened to speak Spanish totally in the back and had the bilinguals manning the registers. Everyone there was quite short maybe 5'2 - 5'4. They had up holiday banners for various offers above where you waited in line to order. Every six foot person had to weave between them or duck quite a bit.
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I bought MCD in 2011 for my nieces and nephews to teach them about stocks and dividends. I picked a stock that was growing dividends and they could relate to.
I was worried about it for awhile a few years ago and then someone pointed out how much real estate they purchased during the recession. They own like 50% of the land and 70% of the buildings making them a massive real estate company which I still think is undervalued.
We only eat at McDonalds on road trips, the bathrooms are nice 95% of the time and I know what I'm getting and with food allergies, those things matter. I thought the revamped locations are really nice and if they need to cut back they could always cut back the menu again simplifying production and costs.
There are a lot of locations that do any size soda for $1 and my friends go to McDonalds almost every day for that (as their coke is the 'best ever') and then of course they at least 1/2 the time buy something else... its a great gimmick
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