McDonald’s plans to roll out chicken wings nationwide, an iPhone app makes foodie snapshots a charitable action, and a Starbucks barista gets fired after eating from the trash. Read below for the full stories:
McDonald’s has announced the addition of yet another item to their ever-expanding menu. The world’s largest restaurant chain plans on rolling out bone-in chicken wings on September 9th, with all nationwide stores set to carry it by the 24th. Known as “Mighty Wings,” the newest item will pack quite the punch of flavor. Seasoned with cayenne and chili pepper, the wings will also come with a selection of dipping sauces and will be sold in packs of three, five, or ten pieces. The wings are just one of several major menu changes that McDonald’s has made since introducing a new Chief Executive Officer last June. From the removal of Angus third-pounder burgers to the introduction of McWraps, CEO Don Thompson’s menu revamp has succeeded in boosting sales. Readers, do you think the bone-in chicken wings will be a hit?
21-year-old Coulson Loptmann was recently fired from Starbucks after eating an expired breakfast sandwich from the trash. His manager told Loptmann, a former barista for the Starbucks on Seneca Street in downtown Seattle, that eating from the trash is “stealing.” Loptmann, who supplements his $9.94 per hour paycheck with food stamps, stated that he does not always have enough money to tide him over. According to Starbucks spokesman, Zach Hutson, eating from the trash is against company policy for health reasons alone. “We don’t want our partners to consume something that could make them sick,” explained Hutson. Hutson stated that the single violation was typically not enough to warrant a dismissal, but that Loptmann had a number of “documented performance issues” in the past year. Readers, what are your thoughts on this situation?
Foodies often get flack for taking pictures of everything they eat, but one iPhone app, Feedie, has managed to give a good purpose to food snapshots. Diners simply have to check into a participating restaurant on Twitter or Facebook and share a photo of their food. The iPhone app, Feedie, donates a meal to the nonprofit organization, Lunchbox Fund. The Lunchbox Fund then donates the meals to South African orphans and schoolchildren in need. Feedie, which was created by Lunchbox Fund founder Topaz Page-Green and chef Mario Batali, has donated approximately 260 meals. So far, there are 100 participating restaurants in the New York City area, including hot spots like The Spotted Pig.
We know a lot of you love taking food snapshots, but how would you feel about strangers taking pictures of your food? Watch these diners’ hilarious reactions in this prank video:
Marisa Miyasaki loves to mix and match different cuisines and believes Korean Tacos are just about the coolest thing ever invented. She is a devout foodhist and has a borderline-crazy obsession with taking pictures of nearly everything she eats. As Menuism's Community Manager, Marisa hopes to share her passion for food with the world- one hungry foodie at a time.