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More #McFail: Managers Admit to Stealing Employee’s Money

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They’re baaaaaaaaaack! 

Unfortunately for the Clown, McDonald’s just can’t stay out of the #PRFail spotlight.

When we last left this saga, McDonald’s was accused of kicking some old couple out on their keisters – canes, walkers, and all — for sitting too long. And as shameful as that was, there’s also the open case of slave labor under the veiled threat of deportation because that’s good for team morale.

Next up in the Clown’s PR issues, we have a story of former managers admitting they stole money from their miserly paid employees. This should be good.  Read more

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McDonald’s Is Losing the PR Battle Over Wages

mcd's restaurantThe fight over wages for McDonald’s workers has intensified in recent months and it’s only getting more heated now that lawsuits in California, New York and Michigan allege that the fast-food chain used all sorts of short cuts to short change employees. That includes making employees pay for their own uniforms in some places and making them wait before checking in and out of their shifts.

Add to that ongoing protests and you’ve got a situation that the chain would like to see go away.

The employee uprising has been going on now for months. And perhaps, McDonald’s thought it would eventually quiet down and things could go back to business as usual. After all, the argument against higher wages (remember, protesters are looking for as much as $15 per hour) is that it would drive up prices. And no one wants to pay more for their Big Macs and those fries.

But it’s gotten to the point where McDonald’s is giving off the air of being selfish and cruel in the ways it’s taking advantage of its workers.

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More #McFail: Couple Kicked Out of McDonald’s for Sitting ‘Too Long’

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Yes, it deserves to be a trend — #McFail!

You would think it’s more of a vendetta than reporting #PRFail, but no, it’s real. The Clown really has been sucking out loud that much lately. If you have enough to sit in a fast-food drive-thru, take a gander at this list of bad PR stories from PR Newser, which I’m trying to get #McFail to catch on, so help a brotha out.

And now that it has been about a week or so, it’s time for McDonald’s to corral some more bad PR. This time, the Clown stuck his size-18 Bozo shoes in the behind of two octogenarians out of a Virginia McDonald’s because — wait for it — they were sitting too long.

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One Way to Engage: Tell Followers Things About Themselves

Earlier this week we posted a study reinforcing the importance of engagement and noting that most brands will lose lots of new followers if they fail to do it properly.

On that note, we recently came across a good example of how to encourage followers to engage via Marketwired, GolinHarris and McDonald’s Canada. The key, in this case, is to move beyond sharing information about the brand itself and begin informing followers about their own behavior. Here’s the tweet in question:

This is a great piece of shareable behavioral data—and note the social media manager’s response to followers. While the numbers aren’t Ellen-worthy, it was more effective than a simple announcement of the #FreeCoffee promo.

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Slave Labor: McDonalds Franchisee Forced 25-Hour Shifts, Threatened Deportation

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Yeah, clowns. Your PR keeps getting worse.

Over the span of a few months, your humble servants at PRNewser have unfortunately shared a cornucopia of stories about the Golden Clown regarding his actions on handing out government cheese (on the burgers probably), advising its loyal employees how to live in poverty then shuts down its slightly offensive McResources hotline, and finally, how McDonalds is now America’s most hated company.

And now, the clown has its worse news yet. We’re talking real slave labor. In 2014. Like, today.

Bah-dah-bah-bop-bop … so many vegans are loving this.

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3 Experts Explain How Brands Can Avoid a Sochi Games #PRFail

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Lots of brands obviously want to promote during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. But they also want to avoid what happened to Coke and McDonald’s, which got a lot of bad press after gay-rights activists criticized their campaigns and hijacked the #CheerstoSochi hashtag in protest of Russia’s new anti-gay laws.

AT&T, on the other hand, just made news for becoming the first major company to actively speak out against those same laws and pressure other brands to do the same.

So how can brands create Olympics campaigns without running into the troubles encountered by Coke and McD’s? We talked to three PR and social media experts to get their opinions.

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McDonald’s Canada Has No Pink Slime to Show You

Question: why is McDonald’s so much better at corporate reputation in Canada than in the States?

Last summer we finally stumbled across that behind-the-scenes “here’s why our food looks so much better in the ads” clip, and this week our beefy friends up north responded to the infamous “pink goo” image you see floating around the Internet with this “how we make Chicken McNuggets” spot, which aired during the Super Bowl.

The clip’s been making the rounds online today, and some bloggers remain critical.

Yes, it’s still true that those McNuggets contain things like “dimethylpolysiloxane” (an “anti-foaming agent used in Silly Putty”) and a “petroleum-based preservative” known as THBQ. Studies have determined that the breasts usually aren’t anywhere near as clean as the ones you see in the video either, thanks to the inclusion of “fat, blood vessels, nerves, cartilage, and bone.”

Lots of qualifiers there, and the clip doesn’t make us want to venture into our local McDonald’s. But there’s still a whole lot more transparency in that ad than, say, the one comparing a gold medal to a McNugget.

[H/T Gawker]

Olympic Gold Medal or Chicken McFrankeNugget? Your Choice.

Yes, Sochi Olympic fans, there’s a new commercial that will be airing this weekend instead of that last weekend for big commercials (whatevs) showing a direct comparison between winning an Olympic Gold medal and eating a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget.

Because that’s apples to oranges, right?

In some bizarro universe where damsel in distress are ignored, Clark Kent can’t get his corpulent behind out of a phone booth, and people actually remember the Kardashians are famous because one of the sisters is just a big ho.

The Clown wants you to believe that “every Olympic victory is celebrated with a bite, just like a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets.” If you consider an Olympic victory the same as rushing for the toilet with violent diarrhea, then yes, indeed! God bless America and pass the Febreze because it’s nugget time!

We report. You decide.

14 PR and Social Media Winners from Super Bowl XLVIII

superbowl2That was a boring Super Bowl in every way. Not only was the game itself a blowout, but most of the ads were lackluster and no brand recreated Oreo’s breakout success on social.

Still, a few companies and personalities did manage some clever nuggets, which we will now review.

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Um, McDonald’s? Happy Meals Aren’t Supposed to be This Happy?!

There are no words. So, we’ll let Newser offer them for us. And McDonald’s, you just lost a rental clown.

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