GOOD/BAD McDonald\'s experience

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2000 - 2:51am
stimpsjd's picture
Joined: 03/27/2000 - 09:00

I am PA, and have always eaten at McDonald's without a problem, until earlier this month.

Bad Incident:
I had stopped with my wife at a local store and saw a scattering of peanuts sitting up on the ice cream machine. I asked the manager about it and he haphazardly wiped them off...with his hand! This ticked me off...we don't visit this McD's that often anyway and there are closer ones, it just was on the way home.

Bad Incident 2:
Two days later (my wife really likes McD's, she grew up about 55 miles away from one so they are still a treat for her) we were at a McDonalds and as I was standing waiting for my food to get delivered, someone ordered a sundae. Directly over the ice container the employee sprinkled the peanuts onto the sundae. I pointed this out to the employee and she said she would take care of it. I was unfortuanelty in a hurry so I could not follow up.

I did call the McDonald's corporate line and they were very understanding of the situations that I had experienced. I told them that they need to get McFlurry containers for the sundae peanuts so cross-contamination would be less of a threat.

Three days later the owner of store #2 called me at home. He owns quite a few McD's in the area (not store #1). He said his wife is a doctor so he understands the concern and makes an effort to inform ALL of his employees of the risk. He said that it is unfortuanate that the peanut dispensor is standard in every McD's in the US. He said he would be contacting the regional manager and move up from there until another solution is found. Either prepackaged PNuts or a better dispenser.

Atleast there is some level of awareness. I have never had an adverse reaction at McD's and I use it as a standard restaurant when I am travelling because I sort of know what I am going to get.

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2000 - 5:38am
Gennie's picture
Joined: 12/21/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for the heads up. I agree that it was a safe restaurant until they started flavoring the ice cream. I give my kids Heath Bar shakes or malted milk ball shakes. Peanuts are so not necessary! Of course I make them at home. Gennie

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2000 - 8:27pm
Jodi's picture
Joined: 10/28/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for sharing your McD's experience. As a mom of a PA child, McDonalds has been one place that I have felt comfortable taking him to. I hope that never changes as I don't know how I would every get my 2 year old to understand why he can't have McDonald fries!!!

Posted on: Sat, 12/30/2000 - 1:27am
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

Hi, I have always taken Christopher to McD's. This has always been a comfort to him. I don't like to take them out to eat to often because of the allergy,but also I like to teach them that it is a treat for being good when we do go. Sounds silly,but I am not a good dicipline person so I guess I bribe them that when they are acting up if they do behave we will go out for fries. christopher will get a big mac and of course no matter where we go we never get dessert until we go home and have it. The kids don't mind this rule,but I guess this is my question? Do you think that as long as we are only getting the burgers and not dessert that we should have no trouble? I just get so excited knowing that he is excited about going out for a big mac once in a while that I would like to continue,but if any of you people have an opinion please I never get angry about them. Let me remind you I have never seen any signs of trouble in the ones we go to. Take care claire

Posted on: Sat, 12/30/2000 - 1:12pm
BATTY's picture
Joined: 12/04/2000 - 09:00

Have you read the Heath Bar ingredients lately? They are manufactured in a peanut factory.

Posted on: Sun, 12/31/2000 - 10:31am
daveysmom's picture
Joined: 12/31/2000 - 09:00

why cant your son have mcdonalds fries? are they cooked in peanut oil?

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2001 - 6:14am
Gennie's picture
Joined: 12/21/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for the heads up on Heath Bars. It has been a while. As for the fries I am sure they are fine. It is just that we believe in not going to restaurants that serve peanuts in any form. We know what we are doing at say a McDonalds ( but do others know what to look for? ) but mostly we avoid as as an example for others that might be watching our kids for the day. If we set the no go to peanut restaurants then the caretakers - babysitters, relatives & friends follow our lead. One thing we have out our house a lot is Orange Julius's. My PA son craves citrus and they are delicious anyway! thank Goodness my family doesn't crave chocolate so much. But maybe i could learn to make homemade Heath Bars for fun. Anyone have a recipe for Toffee? Thnaks for all of your support in this entire thread!Gennie

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2001 - 8:38am
rilira's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

Toffee (minus the nuts of course)
before starting break up three and one half 1.55 size hershey bars into little squares
use butter wrappers to grease cookie sheet
take an electric skillet set at 390 degrees.
add 1 lb. real butter or real margarine (no spreads,salt free or anything)to skillet
add 1 cup white sugar
add 1 cup brown sugar
mix together and stir until it boils
once it boils stir constantly for 9 minutes.
It will get thick and bubbly
pour thick mixture onto cookie sheet and spread to the edges with knife (go quickly because it hardens fast)
put broken up peices of chocolate all over the top of thick mixture, immediately start spreading with a knife- it will be melty.
Spread chocolate to the edges and then place in refrig. to harden.
I break it up with the point of a sharp knife.
Hope you like it.

Posted on: Wed, 01/03/2001 - 12:29pm
Gennie's picture
Joined: 12/21/2000 - 09:00

How sweet of you! Thanks Gennie

Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2001 - 11:26pm
sheramy's picture
Joined: 01/26/2001 - 09:00

I don't take my PA daughter to McDs because I was told there is peanut oil in the vegetable oil. Before she was tested for her allergies, we used to go to McDs. She would be itchy later, and I attributed it to excema. When I found out later there was peanut oil in the veg. oil, we stopped going. Now we go to Wendy's instead.

Posted on: Fri, 01/26/2001 - 1:45am
shale3's picture
Joined: 12/18/2000 - 09:00

we stopped going to mcdonalds long before we know about the pa - they are so slow and never get anything right!! Plus, have you heard about the increase in diabities?? who needs it!this being said, i still dream about their fries and chicken sandwich witha choc shake. oh well


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