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Hassle in Haight over McDonald's menu change
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/6/10 | Will Kane, Chronicle Staff Writer

Posted on 09/06/2010 9:02:13 AM PDT by SmithL

What would seemingly be an issue of capitalism and supply and demand in any other city, or any other neighborhood in San Francisco, has instead morphed into another battle between merchants and the homeless in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood:

The McDonald's at the corner of Haight and Stanyan streets eliminated its Dollar Menu about a month ago, making the items on it too expensive for the people who spend the better part of their day on the sidewalk in front.

Street people who for years have depended on the McDonald's to eat say it's become a de facto sit/lie ordinance.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: homeless; mcdonalds; sanfrancisco; sanfranciscovalues; valuemenu

1 posted on 09/06/2010 9:02:16 AM PDT by SmithL
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"Yeah man, it ... sucks," he said Thursday while sitting foodless on the McDonald's patio with a half dozen hungry friends. "I eat less. I have to get more money. If I don't have a dollar and I want food, I just end up going to a trash can."
There are other alternatives, like maybe getting a job, but in some cases, the trash can does seem appropriate.
2 posted on 09/06/2010 9:03:59 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Sausage McMuffin...minus the muff. ;-)


3 posted on 09/06/2010 9:06:24 AM PDT by rickmichaels (Allah AkBarack!!!)
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To: SmithL

I think I've figured it out...

4 posted on 09/06/2010 9:08:01 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: SmithL
If everyone only ordered off the dollar McMenu, the golden arches would soon be history. It's only a loss leader for big profit fries and cokes.
5 posted on 09/06/2010 9:10:55 AM PDT by JPG (How much taxpayer $ did Mookie blow today?)
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To: SmithL
The freighting thing is these people vote.........
6 posted on 09/06/2010 9:11:16 AM PDT by yoe ("N" is for NO for Progressives in government.)
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To: SmithL

7 posted on 09/06/2010 9:11:21 AM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: SmithL

What about all the environmentally conscious restaurants offering wonderful locally grown sustainable organic vegan delicacies? Surely those restaurants must have a dollar menu which they allow bums to paw over all day long.


8 posted on 09/06/2010 9:12:08 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial President. EVER.)
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To: SmithL

How heartless of McDonalds. They should have a “street people” value menu where all items are just a penny. They can pay for it by raising the dollar value menu items for eveyone else to $3.00. Kinda like the Democrats.


9 posted on 09/06/2010 9:12:58 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: SmithL

Somehow, I’ve come to the realization, that if one can form a complete sentence and one is homeless, one chooses to be homeless.


10 posted on 09/06/2010 9:13:55 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph
Somehow, I’ve come to the realization, that if one can form a complete sentence and one is homeless, one chooses to be homeless.

Yep.

11 posted on 09/06/2010 9:15:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Question Liberal Authority

LOL! I love it!!! ;)


12 posted on 09/06/2010 9:19:31 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Algore is a politician and a con artist. He is NOT a scientist.)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

I thought bums already ate at those places?

Oh wait, you are talking about homeless bums! lol


13 posted on 09/06/2010 9:24:19 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: SmithL

Stop the tape! Do you mean to tell me that there are homeless people in the socialist paradise of San Francisco?


14 posted on 09/06/2010 9:25:03 AM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: rabidralph

In San Francisco, it’s probably just the lack of jobs but even more importantly the lack of housing, thanks to the local liberal Democrat politicians who ban housing construction without enormously expensive government kickbacks. Even the working probably can’t afford adequate sustenance after paying all their taxes even though they adopted the homeless lifestyle to save money to afford food.


15 posted on 09/06/2010 9:25:28 AM PDT by dufekin (Name our lead enemy: Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Islamofascist terrorist dictator)
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To: JPG

My son went through the ‘drive through’ at another popular fast food place, and said that everyone seemed to be ordering off the DOLLAR MENU, almost exclusively.


16 posted on 09/06/2010 9:25:49 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill informed post.)
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To: rabidralph
Somehow, I’ve come to the realization, that if one can form a complete sentence and one is homeless, one chooses to be homeless.

LOL WUT?

17 posted on 09/06/2010 9:27:18 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill informed post.)
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To: UCANSEE2

I only order off the dollar menu. Not because of cost but for portion control. I know if I order a regular combo meal I’ll eat all 1000 to 1300 calories of it instead of the 500 to 600 off three dollar menu items.


18 posted on 09/06/2010 9:32:29 AM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: SmithL

The bums are just one of the many reasons, I don’t go to San Francisco! If you’re not a tourist, what’s the attraction? Some of those bums are very aggressive. While at that same McDonald’s a guy tried to hustle me for some money. He said he was a Viet-Nam Vet. When I told him I didn’t have any change, he became a smart-aleck. I resisted the impulse to kick-him-in-the-teeth! His daddy might have been a Vet but not this clown.


19 posted on 09/06/2010 9:33:40 AM PDT by old school
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To: SmithL

Why don’t they head to that restaurant where people pay what they want?


20 posted on 09/06/2010 9:35:36 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: SmithL

Had lunch in the City the other day. They now charge a 2.5% tax for Healty Famlies, besides the 9+%


21 posted on 09/06/2010 9:37:54 AM PDT by easternsky
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To: UCANSEE2

I’ve read for years, in the Washington Post, that homeless people are mentally ill and therefore, do not choose to be homeless. And walking through DC from time to time, when I lived near there, I hardly ever saw any disabled homeless people. So, it appears that some otherwise ably-bodied, sound-minded people choose to be homeless, rather than be useful members of society.


22 posted on 09/06/2010 9:38:11 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: yoe

“The freighting thing is these people vote....”

Trucks, ships, rail, or plane? 8^)
One of those times when ,,,, “Spell Czech is knot yore friend!”


23 posted on 09/06/2010 9:38:11 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SmithL

If Barry and Rahm could just levy punitive fines on McDonalds arguing that the calorie count is too high they could push McDonalds to the brink of bankrupcy, then they could offer them a stimulus buyout and takeover the company. The new Barry controlled McDonalds could then be utilized as a food bank for favored constituents. He could also introduce a vitamin injected biscuit to the menu that would save the nation’s health.


24 posted on 09/06/2010 9:39:55 AM PDT by purplelobster
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To: SmithL

The remarkable thing here is that the S.F. Board of Supervisors has not yet managed to drive McDonald’s from The City altogether.


25 posted on 09/06/2010 9:41:36 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: SmithL
These bums need to find an Arbys. They can dig receipts out of the trash all day long that will give them a FREE roast beef and cheddar for taking a survey. (They can invent a # to write down.)

If you buy something off the value menu you get a receipt, at the very least you can get a value sandwich AND a beef & cheddar for a buck.

26 posted on 09/06/2010 9:46:37 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: SmithL

Exactly, why don’t they strive to possibly WORK at McDonalds, and not MOOCH off McDonalds.


27 posted on 09/06/2010 9:54:39 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: SmithL

A private business can set it’s own prices & it’s own menu choices.


28 posted on 09/06/2010 10:01:06 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles
A private business can set it’s own prices & it’s own menu choices.

Ha ha ha ha ha, that's a good one.

29 posted on 09/06/2010 10:01:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rabidralph

What’s sad is that a lot of those bums are 100% batsh!t crazy and need to be institutionalized.


30 posted on 09/06/2010 10:09:41 AM PDT by yooling ( FUBO)
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To: SmithL

The Union Gospel Mission would be a good starting point.


31 posted on 09/06/2010 10:14:11 AM PDT by ShandaLear (The price of Obamacare? 30 pieces of silver.)
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To: rabidralph

The Haight/Stanyan bums referred to in the article are almost 100% young white male skateboard/surf/drug culture dropouts. Not a disabled veteran in sight.


32 posted on 09/06/2010 11:06:18 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: SmithL

Time for these Obama voters to call 911! This is almost as horrible as running out of McNuggets....LOL


33 posted on 09/06/2010 7:45:30 PM PDT by jakerobins
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