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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, September 02, 2021

McDonald's loyal fans are used to the fast-food chain's ice cream machines being broken. Last year, software engineer Rashiq Zahid even made a website, McBroken.com, that tracks McDonald's restaurants where the machines are out-of-order and where ice cream cones, McFlurry desserts, milkshakes and sundaes are available. And now the machines are under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, The Wall Street Journal reports. But in a statement to USA TODAY, McDonald's said it has "no reason to believe we are the focus of an FTC investigation." "Intrinsic to the interest in our soft serve machines is our fans' love of McDonald's iconic McFlurry desserts and shakes," the company said in the statement. "Nothing is more important to us than delivering on our high standards for food quality and safety, which is why we work with fully vetted partners that can reliably provide safe solutions at scale."

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Who the ---- cares?

#1 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-03 12:01 AM | Reply

War, famine, pestilence, and death, and now ... this?!?

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-03 07:04 AM | Reply

What ever it is they serve, it sure doesn't seem like food.

#3 | Posted by BBQ at 2021-09-03 03:35 PM | Reply

Who the ---- cares?

#1 | POSTED BY JAKESTER AT 2021-09-03 12:01 AM | FLAG: EXACTLY WHAT EVERYONE ELSE THINKS WHEN YOU POST SOMETHING, RIG MONKEY

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-04 01:19 AM | Reply

There's a good article floating around that shows how the company that sells the machines also has the exclusive contract to service them. That's where they make their money.

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-09-04 09:16 PM | Reply

They have this up at Slashdot. Apparently the franchisee buys the machine, but it comes with a contract that says it can only be serviced by authorized personnel. If they try to repair their own broken machine, they void the warranty.

Now, these "tie-in" contracts are illegal, which is where the FTC investigation comes into play.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-04 09:57 PM | Reply

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