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Fast-Food Playlands Will Turn Your Stomach

A concerned mom discovers that germs in play areas can put children at risk.

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In the recent uproar over fast-food marketing to kids, one important element has been ignored: in-store playgrounds.

Turns out, these places are even more dangerous than the food. According to Erin Carr-Jordan, a crusading mom from Arizona, these playlands are a breeding ground for germs and viruses that cause diarrhea and other serious illnesses.

Over the past few months, Carr-Jordan has visited some 50 fast-food playlands across the country. She found most of the play areas covered in sticky food particles and slimy substances not readily identifiable.

Her journey started when she took her toddler to her local McDonald’s in Arizona. She complained to the manager about the appalling state of the playland, but was studiously ignored.

So, like everyone else in the world, she posted a video on YouTube. It quickly went viral and caught the attention of McDonald’s corporate.

Now she wants all fast-food chains to clean up their act. Specifically, she wants them to start instituting more stringent disinfection policies, and for the corporate offices to crack down on franchisees with filthy playlands.

Of course, if she’s so concerned about the health of her child, maybe she should reconsider her choice of eating establishments.

Blaze of glory. If you own a fast-food franchise, it’s important to treat your employees well. Why? Because they’ve got nothing to lose, so when they quit, they tend to do it in style. Like this guy named Adam from Depew, NY. Apparently, he wasn’t happy after his boss at KFC denied him time off for the Fourth of July. Especially since he’d just he’d worked 22 straight days. So, Adam left a parting message on the restaurant’s giant signboard. Guess he won’t be asking for a reference.

Movin’ on up. Subway restaurants are everywhere. And by everywhere, we don’t just mean strip malls. We’re talking churches, high-schools, factories, even riverboats.  The restaurant chain recently announced its 8,000th non-traditional location in an auto assembly plant in Toledo. The plant had shut down its cafeteria due to downsizing before Subway moved in. Our favorite Subway location is still the construction site of One World Trade Center, in New York City, where the restaurant is hoisted up to the next level as each floor is completed. 

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