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  • Post #91 - September 13th, 2023, 8:13 pm
    Post #91 - September 13th, 2023, 8:13 pm Post #91 - September 13th, 2023, 8:13 pm
    Sad, sad. "Create consistency for customers"? Meaning you only get one soda and it's half ice whether you're inside or drive thru, I guess. I suspect they'll soon be different prices for different sizes of sodas, too. And the $1 soda is for the most part gone already.
  • Post #92 - September 13th, 2023, 10:13 pm
    Post #92 - September 13th, 2023, 10:13 pm Post #92 - September 13th, 2023, 10:13 pm
    tjr wrote:Sad, sad. "Create consistency for customers"? Meaning you only get one soda and it's half ice whether you're inside or drive thru, I guess. I suspect they'll soon be different prices for different sizes of sodas, too. And the $1 soda is for the most part gone already.

    If I am in the drive-thru, I order pop or iced tea with no ice. I order a complimentary cup of water with ice.

    Before McDonald's offered self-serve drinks, I usually asked for a refill as I left. I always got it, though others with me were often surprised it was possible.

    At restaurants who will not offer free refill drinks, I order a pop with no ice and a glass with ice. Effectively I get my refill.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
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  • Post #93 - September 15th, 2023, 9:33 am
    Post #93 - September 15th, 2023, 9:33 am Post #93 - September 15th, 2023, 9:33 am
    Cathy, what you point out is reassuring. I guess I just prefer to jerk my own soda. That was one of the benefits of Old Country Buffet vs. Ponderosa or Bonanza.

    I just read the Tribune story. In reality I've encountered plenty of McDonalds with no self serve soda: in airports, mall food courts, embedded in gas stations. Also included in the story: Financial results that show greedflation. Price increases, often blamed on general inflation or increased costs, in fact generated a high level of increased profits. To be fair, I can't cite where McD's specifically attributed higher prices to higher costs. But it's certainly true that consumers believe higher prices are due to overall inflation, fueling the cycle.
  • Post #94 - December 6th, 2023, 4:58 pm
    Post #94 - December 6th, 2023, 4:58 pm Post #94 - December 6th, 2023, 4:58 pm
    Chicago-Based McDonald’s Empire Set for Unprecedented Growth Over the Next 4 Years with 10,000 New Stores

    https://news.wttw.com/2023/12/06/chicag ... -10000-new
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #95 - December 6th, 2023, 5:35 pm
    Post #95 - December 6th, 2023, 5:35 pm Post #95 - December 6th, 2023, 5:35 pm
    tjr wrote:I guess I just prefer to jerk my own soda.

    If this isn't a banner quote I don't know what is
  • Post #96 - December 6th, 2023, 6:19 pm
    Post #96 - December 6th, 2023, 6:19 pm Post #96 - December 6th, 2023, 6:19 pm
    McDonald’s will open the first location of its new spinoff brand CosMc’s this week in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2023/12/06/mcdonal ... -week.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #97 - December 6th, 2023, 7:33 pm
    Post #97 - December 6th, 2023, 7:33 pm Post #97 - December 6th, 2023, 7:33 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    McDonald’s will open the first location of its new spinoff brand CosMc’s this week in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2023/12/06/mcdonal ... -week.html

    From what I saw on the net this spinoff is like a Starbucks competitor with mainly drinks on the menu like Teas, Frappe, Boba, etc.. with a limited food menu.

    Picture of the menu items:
    https://twitter.com/Stealx/status/1729960492934807984
  • Post #98 - December 7th, 2023, 10:07 am
    Post #98 - December 7th, 2023, 10:07 am Post #98 - December 7th, 2023, 10:07 am
    As posted on X, the whole menu is here: https://cosmcs.com/menu

    Heavy on the sugary drinks plus breakfast items and soft serve. A few highlights for me: The McPop filled donut holes (I had these in a previous tryout, maybe at the HQ McD's?) and the citrus shake.

    Looks like an alternative to SBucks that's a lot more appealing for families with kids - at least as long as they don't worry about how much sugar those kids are throwing back. There's regular fountain soda which Starbucks doesn't serve.
  • Post #99 - December 10th, 2023, 9:10 pm
    Post #99 - December 10th, 2023, 9:10 pm Post #99 - December 10th, 2023, 9:10 pm
    tjr wrote:As posted on X, the whole menu is here: https://cosmcs.com/menu

    Heavy on the sugary drinks plus breakfast items and soft serve. A few highlights for me: The McPop filled donut holes (I had these in a previous tryout, maybe at the HQ McD's?) and the citrus shake.

    Looks like an alternative to SBucks that's a lot more appealing for families with kids - at least as long as they don't worry about how much sugar those kids are throwing back. There's regular fountain soda which Starbucks doesn't serve.


    I think this will appeal to the Philippine market, where McDonald's has been very successful and given how much people there already enjoy sweet treats and drinks.
  • Post #100 - January 16th, 2024, 7:39 am
    Post #100 - January 16th, 2024, 7:39 am Post #100 - January 16th, 2024, 7:39 am
    The McDonald’s Big Mac is getting even bigger. Beginning January 24, the chain is bringing back the Double Big Mac, which has four beef patties instead of the usual two, for a limited time nationwide.

    https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/10/food/mcd ... index.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #101 - February 24th, 2024, 9:33 am
    Post #101 - February 24th, 2024, 9:33 am Post #101 - February 24th, 2024, 9:33 am
    My post in another thread just generated an idea: McDonalds could fairly easily develop an automated drive thru window to complement the zero-labor kiosk/phone ordering. The device would have a scanner/credit card reader interface similar to a gas pump and a large drawer similar to a bank drive thru. Diner would drive up, scan a code from the app or type an order number. If not prepaid, tap or insert payment. Once payment confirmed, drawer unlocks revealing food bag and cups.

    This is so obvious that perhaps it already exists?
  • Post #102 - February 25th, 2024, 10:07 am
    Post #102 - February 25th, 2024, 10:07 am Post #102 - February 25th, 2024, 10:07 am
    tjr wrote:My post in another thread just generated an idea: McDonalds could fairly easily develop an automated drive thru window to complement the zero-labor kiosk/phone ordering. The device would have a scanner/credit card reader interface similar to a gas pump and a large drawer similar to a bank drive thru. Diner would drive up, scan a code from the app or type an order number. If not prepaid, tap or insert payment. Once payment confirmed, drawer unlocks revealing food bag and cups.

    This is so obvious that perhaps it already exists?

    I believe the new CosMc's which is McDonalds attempt to compete with Starbucks in the overpriced drink market has pay at the drive thru kiosk.
  • Post #103 - March 26th, 2024, 1:52 pm
    Post #103 - March 26th, 2024, 1:52 pm Post #103 - March 26th, 2024, 1:52 pm
    Krispy Kreme and McDonald’s are getting together over breakfast.

    The doughnut chain and the fast food giant unveiled plans Tuesday to offer Krispy Kreme products at McDonald’s locations across the United States. A phased rollout is expected to start later this year, the companies said, with availability at participating restaurants nationwide expected by the end of 2026.

    https://apnews.com/article/krispy-kreme ... 59fd273c19
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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