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'Thou Shalt Not ...' Visit Any of Our 11 McDonald's Restaurants for the Remainder of Your Life

Recently I launched a series of "Thou Shalt Not ..." posts here at LBW to memorialize the growing number of instances I see where a corporation rolls out its "death penalty" punishment on a customer: "You can never come here [buy here] [eat here] again!!" 

The latest installment in this series:

Thou shalt not visit any of our 11 McDonald's restaurants for the remainder of your life.

In Arizona, a woman named Erin Carr-Jordan made a trip to McDonald's with her kids this summer and left disgusted by how dirty the playground was. Carr-Jordan, a child development professor and a mother of four, then embarked on a crusade of sorts to get that particular McDonald's to clean up its playground. After Carr-Jordan created a video (below) showing her findings and some actual laboratory results, McDonald's finally responded at the national level. Consumerist reports that McDonald's corporate told the Los Angeles Times that the conditions were "unacceptable, completely unacceptable ... but not reflective of our business and our restaurants. As far as I'm concerned, it was an isolated matter. And we took immediate corrective action to thoroughly sanitize the PlayPlace."

Au contraire, said Carr-Jordan. She began visiting fast food restaurants -- McDonald's and others -- in 11 different states in recent months (during her "family vacations") to test them for cleanliness. She would swab surfaces at each location and send the samples off to a microbiology professor who then analyzed the samples (which almost always revealed various pathogens).

Decide the merits and wisdom of Carr-Jordan's crusade for yourself. Indeed, that is just what the owner of 11 McDonald's restaurants in Arizona (including the Ground Zero McDonald's that started the whole thing) did recently, Consumerist notes. On Monday, Carr-Jordan wrote on her Kids Play Safe Facebook page that at 7:00 a.m. that morning, a visitor came to her house bearing a notice "from the attorneys representing the owner of the [Ground Zero] location informing me that I am prohibited from entering any of his 11 McDonald's." She notes that this includes not only the dirty McDonald's she originally visited, but another 10 McDonald's where she has never even visited to date. 

I wonder if this ban applies to her children, too? When the soccer team heads over to McDonald's for ice cream does her child have to wait in the parking lot? Check out Carr-Jordan's video below:

Posted by Bruce Carton on October 25, 2011 at 04:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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