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Australia’s Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has flogged McDonalds with lettuce leaves after the fast food concern didn’t properly think of the children with an online promotion that served up big helpings of spam emails. The case came about after McDonalds’ antipodean outpost cooked up and baked in a …


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  1. Esskay

    "A formal warning"

    It sounded promising - like they were going to bring a sledgehammer down on Maccas - But with just a warning, it's turned out to be more of a quarter pounder...

    1. Magani

      Re: "A formal warning"

      Better that they were hit with a Whopper, perhaps?


      1. Tom 35

        Re: "A formal warning"

        Their wrong doing will catsup with them.

    2. Adam 1

      Re: "A formal warning"

      By the standards of ACMA, this is a pretty strong response. Normally formal warnings are sent in the event of a war crime (for repeat offenders anyway)

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Gave up McDonalds

      When eating a Mc Muffin gave me palpitations.....

      After a scientific approach on four separate occassions I concluded, McMuffin=palpitations. Toast=no palpitations.

      Now that would be worth giving a formal warning over.

      1. wowfood

        Re: Gave up McDonalds

        The only thing I will buy from McDonalds is the milkshake. The fries are soggy, the burgers tasteless (and tiny) and yet there are two of them in my town and no burger king... Oh the disappointment..

        1. Ragarath

          Re: Gave up McDonalds

          I have always stayed away from McD's and prefered the more refined taste of the king of burgers. But I am afraid the King decided to change the way he cooks his fries and they now are not what I would call a fry.

          This has led to me eating cardboard burgers from McD's to get a "proper" fry, though TBH these are still only about 50% the taste of the old king fries.

          I now really have no place to go, though the local kebab shop does some decent fries.

    4. Crisp

      Re: "A formal warning"

      Why just a warning? Can't McDonnalds afford a formal fine?

      1. Horridbloke

        Re: "A formal warning"

        Should have been a happy fine.

  2. Khaptain

    Bad Parenting and Corporate Greed

    Why is MacDonalds advertising legal in the first place. Cigarettes and Alcohol are already banned why is MacDo not in the same categorie.

    Obesity is already high up on the "Die young through heart disease", " Diabetes nightmare", "*Colestoral croaking" list .

    The trap : Macdonalds is eaten as a snack but it contains as many, or more , calories than a full meal. It doesn't satisfy the appettite for more than an hour and the quantities of sugar create a buzz / withdrawal

    symptom ( addiction).

    Bad Parenting - some parents are lazy and employ the MacDo method. It avoids them from having to face the responsability of being a parent. Parenting is as much about "teaching" as it is about anything else.

    Corporate Greed - MacDonalds have always geared their corporate strategy towards the easilly manipulated - the children.. ( same principals as religion)

    PS : Most fast foods can fit into the same category - although not all.

    1. nuked
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      Re: Bad Parenting and Corporate Greed

      One of the funniest comments I've read in a while. Thanks, have an McUpVote (given without religious intent).

    2. dogged

      Re: Bad Parenting and Corporate Greed

      Sometimes I'm tempted to eat McDonalds food. But then I think for a second about what it tastes like and what it actually feels like in my mouth. Remembering the tepid greasy texture and the taste of "vaguely sweet" is more than enough to put me off and also kill my appetite.

      I do drink their coffee though.

      1. Khaptain

        Re: Bad Parenting and Corporate Greed

        The coffee is the one element that they don't produce themselves.

        In France and in Switzerland, the coffee is usually supplied/provided/sponsored by one the larger brands, Jacques Favres etc....... So it at least should remain "potable".

        1. CADmonkey

          You can always get a half decent latte in MacD's

          And I'm pretty choosy about my coffee.

          1.They train their staff

          2.They calibrate their equipment

          The dirty dishwater/burnt milk cocktail that the UK palettes seem to find acceptable? Never had one of those in macdonalds.

  3. Terry 6 Silver badge


    Interesting is that McD did this in the first place. They were clearly being either seriously cynical, stupid or both.

    It is pretty strong evidence against those who don't think that there's anything to worry about with lots of free-market deregulation. Give these big companies half a chance and they be send spam emails to kiddies.

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  5. AndrueC Silver badge
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    Thought up by a marketing department. 'Please leave your moral compass at the door'.

  6. Ted Treen


    "McDonalds fried for serving spam"

    One of the best Reg headlines ever. Gotta be worth a pint or three...

  7. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    Who is this McDonald you speak of?

    1. Magani

      He was elderly...

      ... and had an agricultural establishment.

      1. AndrueC Silver badge

        Re: He was elderly...

        ..and his neighbours were forever complaining about the noises from his animals. They made a right song and dance about it.

        1. CADmonkey

          Re:Re: He was elderly...

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Easily the poorest writing I have ever read on el Reg. Just. not. funny.

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