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'Global warming is baloney' signs put the heat on Burger King
The Guardian ^ | 6/5/2009 | Leo Hickman

Posted on 06/05/2009 1:19:17 PM PDT by markomalley

A row between the fast food giant Burger King and one of its major franchise owners has erupted over roadside signs proclaiming "global warming is baloney".

The franchisee, a Memphis-based company called the Mirabile Investment Corporation (MIC) that owns more than 40 Burger Kings across Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, has described Burger King as acting "kinda like cockroaches" over the controversy. MIC says it does not believe Burger King has the authority to make it take the signs down.

The dispute began to sizzle last week, when a local newspaper reporter in Memphis, Tennessee, noticed the signs outside two restaurants in the city and contacted the corporation to establish if the message represented its official viewpoint. Burger King's headquarters in Miami said it did not, adding that it had ordered MIC to take the signs down.

But a few days later readers of the Memphis paper said they had seen about a dozen Burger King restaurants across the state displaying the signs and that some had yet to be taken down. Media attempts to contact MIC to establish why it was taking an apparently defiant stance were rebuffed, but the Guardian managed to grill MIC's marketing president, John McNelis.

"I would think [Burger King] would run from any form of controversy kinda like cockroaches when the lights get turned on," said Mr McNelis. "I'm not aware of any direction that they gave the franchisee and I don't think they have the authority to do it."

McNelis added: "The [restaurant] management team can put the message up there if they want to. It is private property and here in the US we do have some rights.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: burgerking; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; globalwarmingmyth; planetgore

1 posted on 06/05/2009 1:19:18 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley; 1Old Pro; aardvark1; a_federalist; abner; alaskanfan; alloysteel; alfons; ...

No one has the right to question Global Warming!


2 posted on 06/05/2009 1:22:12 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: markomalley
. . . here in the US we do have some rights.

Enjoy while you can, Whopper.

3 posted on 06/05/2009 1:23:36 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: markomalley

Thank God someone has the guts tot tell the truth


4 posted on 06/05/2009 1:23:57 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: markomalley

They can’t order him to take down the signs, but I’d bet they can terminate the franchise agreement. The manager should decide if he wants that sign to be the ONLY thing left on his property.


5 posted on 06/05/2009 1:23:59 PM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possiblity of failure.)
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To: TChris

Not necessarily. A franchise agreement is a contract, and if it says nothing about extra signs....


6 posted on 06/05/2009 1:25:46 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: markomalley

I drive by one of the Memphis BKs each day on the way to work. The first time I saw the sign, it cracked me up. BK food doesn’t have much taste to it IMHO, but I’ve made it a point to stop in and buy some breakfasts anyway just to support the franchise owner.


7 posted on 06/05/2009 1:29:11 PM PDT by Gtown
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To: markomalley

Bravo. I would almost eat at those Burger Kings!!!


8 posted on 06/05/2009 1:29:14 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: markomalley
I knew that king guy was weird...


9 posted on 06/05/2009 1:29:59 PM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: clee1
Not necessarily. A franchise agreement is a contract, and if it says nothing about extra signs....

You're correct, but I would expect a clause concerning the display or dissemination of messages not approved by BK corporate.

For better or worse, messages posted at a franchise will be PERCEIVED as coming from the Franchisor (Burger King), and they have the right to have a say in that situation, IMO.

10 posted on 06/05/2009 1:31:27 PM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possiblity of failure.)
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To: Gtown
I drive by one of the Memphis BKs each day on the way to work. The first time I saw the sign, it cracked me up.

How about taking a pic?
11 posted on 06/05/2009 1:37:49 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: markomalley
I always find it amusing how in the face of so called "Climate Change" that instead of preparing for the change in climate, the whole world is attempting to change the climate!

Kinda like in the wake of an erupting volcano the people of the village spend all of their time and resources trying to plug the volcano instead of evacuating and fleeing the lava flows.

We have chosen the futile path, instead of the path of survival.

12 posted on 06/05/2009 1:43:28 PM PDT by R_Kangel (`.`)
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To: markomalley

From now on, I will eat at no Burger King, save for the ones in the Memphis area.

resist...resist...resist


13 posted on 06/05/2009 1:43:45 PM PDT by Walrus (If at first you don't secede, try, try again.)
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To: editor-surveyor
If Burger King has a problem with the signs, then they should prove that Global Warming (PeaceBeUponGlobalWarming) is a scientific fact.

Those signs make me want to go to BK a lot more than that Burger King freak in their commercials.

14 posted on 06/05/2009 1:49:00 PM PDT by GBA
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To: markomalley
It's good to be the king.


15 posted on 06/05/2009 1:51:33 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Gitmo detainees to Alcatraz!)
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To: TChris

Yep.
Run a business or run a blog.
Don’t try to mix the two.

Burger King appears to be well within their right to restrict public statements of their franchise outlets.


16 posted on 06/05/2009 1:54:14 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: markomalley

The Golden Rule -

Them who has the most gold gets to make the rules.


17 posted on 06/05/2009 1:56:02 PM PDT by alloysteel (Never let an inanimate object know that you are in a hurry.)
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To: clee1

I’d be incredibly surprised if those franchise contracts don’t contain explicit language about the use and image of those outlets. When a company sells a franchise, they’re really selling the IMAGE. As such, they go to great length lengths (as expected) to protect that image.


18 posted on 06/05/2009 1:56:10 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: markomalley

19 posted on 06/05/2009 1:57:08 PM PDT by dfwgator (USM is Gator Bait! (Congrats to U-Dub!))
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To: R_Kangel

Very true.
If we could affect the climate, we’d already have a fully functional Cheney-Halliburton “Weather Dominator”.

Cooooobrraaaaaaa!!!!!


20 posted on 06/05/2009 1:57:22 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: mmichaels1970
How about taking a pic?

there's a pic over on puffington host.

21 posted on 06/05/2009 2:10:23 PM PDT by glock rocks (SEVERE at 2009: divide by zero error at HopeAndChange( ).injectCrisis( ).runDistraction()
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To: editor-surveyor

Man-made-global-warming is a hoax and the new religion of secularists, atheists and the lunatic left!

Be Ever Vigilant!


22 posted on 06/05/2009 2:14:05 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: glock rocks
The caption by the photo is a riot, over at Puffington Host.

Would you like a side order of climate denial with your flame-broiled Triple Whopper? If so, then you need to get yourself over to Tennessee where a number of Burger King franchises in the US state that gave us Al Gore have been displaying "Global Warming is Baloney" signs outside their fast-food restaurants.

The only ones in denial, are the ones who won't face up to the reality that global warming is not man made, and that it is cyclical just all weather conditions.

23 posted on 06/05/2009 2:30:50 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama post 09/11. The U.S. is sorry, we are a Muslim nation, and we surrender.)
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To: mmichaels1970

24 posted on 06/05/2009 2:34:23 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (When the time comes, right thinking men will know what to do.)
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To: editor-surveyor

BTTT


25 posted on 06/05/2009 2:42:00 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: markomalley

I am SO sick and tired of all this “Go Green” crap I’d be willing to pay for delivery of a Whopper Meal Deal from any of these stores just as a sign of gratitude.


26 posted on 06/05/2009 2:45:11 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (Who is John Galt?)
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To: markomalley

I’ll be in Memphis next week. If I see one of these signs, I’m pulling in and having something to eat even if the food isn’t all that healthy.


27 posted on 06/05/2009 2:48:34 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Out of gas become a pill box, Out of ammo become a bunker, Out of hope become a hero.)
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To: markomalley
acting "kinda like cockroaches"

Poor choice of words for a restaurant operator.

28 posted on 06/05/2009 2:49:15 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The University of Notre Dame's motto: "Kill our unborn children? YES WE CAN!")
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To: markomalley

I’ll bet the Miami group hands out “earth day” propganda with the kid meals - and we all have to accept that BECAUSE it’s liberal and liberal is OK. While “conservative” is NOT OK. It’s that simple? And if it is, Burger King is on my boycott list ...


29 posted on 06/05/2009 2:55:26 PM PDT by GOPJ (Fight the Machine - STOP supporting the MSM.)
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To: markomalley
It is private property and here in the US we do have some rights...

The King claims sovereign immunity...

You have rights for now... But give the 'Bama a couple more years and a couple more Supreme Court picks, and surely such antisocial messages will be against the law.

30 posted on 06/05/2009 2:57:46 PM PDT by gridlock (L'Etat, c'est Barack...)
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To: Repeal The 17th

lol...Right On!


31 posted on 06/05/2009 3:02:49 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Repeal The 17th

Might I suggest any FReeper business owners with marquee’s follow suit and start the “Global Warming Is Baloney” national campaign.


32 posted on 06/05/2009 3:04:59 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: mmichaels1970

That sounds like an excellent suggestion.


33 posted on 06/05/2009 3:55:10 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: markomalley

As far as I’m concerned she can live out her days or choose to be executed.

That’s far more of a choice than she gave her victims.


34 posted on 06/05/2009 10:37:26 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Gitmo detainees to Alcatraz!)
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To: markomalley

Well, Oxidize my hide and Car bon mot.


35 posted on 06/05/2009 10:47:27 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: TChris

The roundup is nearly complete, watch for an uptick in the number of laid-off cowboys as we head out on the trail.


36 posted on 06/05/2009 10:50:25 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Centurion2000

No food is healthy, you’ve got to kill it to get it on your plate.


37 posted on 06/05/2009 10:56:48 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

they could add and we don’t serve baloney here!


38 posted on 06/05/2009 10:57:00 PM PDT by xp38
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To: markomalley

bttt


39 posted on 06/06/2009 6:58:15 AM PDT by GOPJ (The reason Black & Hispanic minorities are given special status is THEY BLOCK VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS)
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To: R_Kangel
Kinda like in the wake of an erupting volcano the people of the village spend all of their time and resources trying to plug the volcano instead of evacuating and fleeing the lava flows.

Or, closer to home, trying to appease the "volcano god" (read: Mother Gaia) by "sacrificing virgins" (read: cap-n-trade and other greenomania).

40 posted on 06/06/2009 7:09:54 PM PDT by Erasmus (Barack Hussein Obama: America's toast!)
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To: VeniVidiVici

As a Mel Brooks character once said “It’s good to be the King.”


41 posted on 06/06/2009 7:11:34 PM PDT by Erasmus (Barack Hussein Obama: America's toast!)
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To: markomalley

This what we need more people like this.
If you can support this guy and let him know why!!


42 posted on 06/06/2009 7:41:51 PM PDT by since1868 (I miss Pres Bush)
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To: Old Professer

LOL! Great!


43 posted on 06/06/2009 7:46:49 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: markomalley



How dare you beat me to the punch!

44 posted on 06/06/2009 7:57:24 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Repeal The 17th

:-D. Thanks for the picture.


45 posted on 06/06/2009 8:04:05 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Old Professer
The roundup is nearly complete, watch for an uptick in the number of laid-off cowboys as we head out on the trail.

Resistance is futile...

Eventually, it will be fatal.

46 posted on 06/06/2009 11:32:41 PM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possiblity of failure.)
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To: markomalley; All

I think they’ll eventually cave.

In the meantime, I think I’ll exercise my freedom to eat a few dozen BK Chicken sandwiches this week and maybe a Whopper or two... from one of the Mirabile Investment Corporation (MIC)franchises, of course.

Somebody has got to fight this crap at some point. Obama has asked for Americans’ to sacrifice and his followers folded like a bad poker hand. If we’re not willing to take some losses in this battle we will definitely lose the war. I’m praying that MIC fights. It’s bigger than global warming.


47 posted on 06/07/2009 12:37:34 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: markomalley
The global warming Nazis play for keeps, and they're always ready to attack any doubters. The brainwashed tree-huggers are getting nasty now that their hysteria has been widely debunked, and the public is realizing what frauds they are. One of the local columnists in the paper I (sometimes) read ran a two-part rant about how he knew global warming was real because a couple of eggheads told him so personally. Of course, he's still bashing Bush, so he's totally predictable, even though he considers himself a genius. (He's a retired high-school English teacher, so he thinks he's an expert on every subject, when he's actually just a knee-jerk leftie who spent his life and retirement on the taxpayer's dime.)
48 posted on 06/07/2009 12:38:08 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Erasmus
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49 posted on 06/07/2009 1:12:04 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: TChris

Many franhises make sex and gay related ads, and these never get media snitch time, nor do headquarters complain. Funny how Burger King would not stop a PLO franchise.


50 posted on 06/09/2009 11:33:45 PM PDT by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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