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#1 Serraph105
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http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-18/who-eats-at-mcdonald-s-on-christmas

After seeing the results from having kept numerous locations open on Thanksgiving,McDonalds (MCD)wants franchisees to do the same on Christmas Day. It does raise the question: Who wants a Happy Meal on Christmas?

Those with few better options, for starters. Its probably people who are stuck on the road, traveling to family, says Peter Saleh, restaurant analyst for Telsey Advisory Group. If youre open and other people are not, you tend to get more business.

Its a big pool. Roughly 93 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more during the week leading up to New Years Eve, according to AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair Jr. AAA doesnt break out the numbers for Dec. 25, and while many will certainly have arrived at their destination by then, Sinclair isnt surprised at the notion that travelers could make up the bulk of McDonalds Christmas clientele. McDonalds is one of the greatest beneficiaries of the expansion of the U.S. highway system, he says.

InternalMcDonalds memos detailing the holiday pushwere leaked toAdvertising Age.Our largest holiday opportunity as a system is Christmas Day, reads a memo from McDonalds USA Chief Operating Officer Jim Johannesen. Last year, [company-operated] restaurants that opened on Christmas averaged $5,500 in sales.

Spokeswoman Lisa McComb says 1,200 more McDonalds locations stayed open this past Thanksgiving than did last year, which means the company brought in about $72 million in additional sales. The boost certainly contributed to the companys surprising 2.5 percent sales increase for November, following a 2.2 percent drop in October. If McDonalds does the same level of business on Christmas Day, it will see a fourth-quarter jump of $144 million. McComb says the restaurants owner/operators decide whether to open on Dec. 25.

As for those who wind up at McDonalds on Christmas, they have at least one thing to look forward to: TheMcRib, a perennial favorite, will be back.

also no holiday pay

So any thoughts on this?

Personally I won't be eating there that day.

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To be honnest i thought they were open that day

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YAY CHRISTMAS BIG MAC WOO!
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#5 hippiesanta
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some americans just can't afford to celebrate expensive xmas party....... mcDonald is their last option to gather family and friend
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#6 DeadMan1290
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McDonald's never closes, no matter the Holiday. :| At least in Canada it doesn't.

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#7 MikeLirette
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Hey I don't mind this,. means I can go grab a quick meal for lunch while I sit with family and not waste time, because then I have to start preparing the dinner meal right? Makes sense. Good for them.
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#8 Goobberzz
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Well I actually work at a McDonalds and I certainly don't want to work there on Christmas day. With that said though, there are definitely plenty of older people I work with who don't have much family, need the money, and would otherwise just sit at home all day. I don't think it's right to make someone work on Christmas day if they want to, though.
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#9 BossPerson
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Something about this is just sad.

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Something about this is just sad.

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#11 Flubbbs
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way to ruin peoples time with their family! good job mcdonalds

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Pfft, Whataburger is usually open.
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some americans just can't afford to celebrate expensive xmas party....... mcDonald is their last option to gather family and friendhippiesanta
I never understood this argument. I go to Wal-Mart for lunch because it's near my campus, and it has a McDonald's in the front. I bypass it and get (for instance) Greek yogurt, bananas, and a protein bar for the same price if not cheaper than some meal from McDonald's. I can buy chicken and eggs for cheaper than that stuff. It's not like it takes three hours to get, either. This isn't personal, but I just...don't get it. You can eat a healthy meal for $5 if you want to do it.
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well it provides time and a half for anyone who works on that day (if not double time depending on the state) and it provides a place for someone to stop and get coffee or food if they are traveling....good for them...
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#15 fl4tlined
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LOL they don't get overtime nor a christmas bonus? im in the same boat I work for waffle house we don't get a bonus but unlike them no one who works there gets a choice of working Christmas you have to or your fired. Atleast we get pity tips from customers who see us working on christmas and feel bad for us xD.
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[QUOTE="fl4tlined"]LOL they don't get overtime nor a christmas bonus? im in the same boat I work for waffle house we don't get a bonus but unlike them no one who works there gets a choice of working Christmas you have to or your fired. Atleast we get pity tips from customers who see us working on christmas and feel bad for us xD.

maybe it's state by state...but in NY it is illegal to not get time and a half if not double time depending on your job....minimal it's time and a half....
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Personally I won't be eating there that day.Serraph105
and you think you're some kind of martyr for this? back up everybody let the hero through, this guy is going to give up eating mcdonalds for a whole day in protest of mcdonalds being open that day! please just promise to write of your incredible experience some day
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#18 redstorm72
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If you don't like it, don't work at McDonalds. Seriously, I never understood the "poor McDonalds/Walmart" employee shtick. If you have zero skills or education and work at a minimum wage service establishment, why should you expect any benefits at all? Yeah, working on Christmas sucks, but chances are if you are working at McDonalds year round, you really don't have much choice in employment and you shouldn't be complaining. From McDonalds perspective, it makes sense to stay open because lots of people are on the road going to family and such and want to stop somewhere for lunch.

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#19 Jolt_counter119
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Fvck the fast food industry.

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#20 deactivated-5e90a3763ea91
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Well it's nice that people will have that option, if they don't have anything to eat at home.

The McRib is already out at my local restaurant, I was lucky enough to get one after they'd gotten a shipment that day. I don't see why they don't just add the thing to the menu - it would certainly add some variety.

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[QUOTE="Serraph105"]Personally I won't be eating there that day.cheese_game619
and you think you're some kind of martyr for this? back up everybody let the hero through, this guy is going to give up eating mcdonalds for a whole day in protest of mcdonalds being open that day! please just promise to write of your incredible experience some day

Well maybe the OP didn't really mean anything like that by that statement. They might have just been mentioning that they don't expect to be eating there that day.
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#22 JigglyWiggly_
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i'd eat mcdonalds on christmas
i eat it nearly everyday
i duno how i'm still 130 lbs

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i actually don't like expensive food

that's good for me, saves money, it always tastes like poop

sucks that the workers dont get vacation pay though

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I wouldn't mind, if they had holiday pay. But they don't. I wont eat there x-mas.

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#24 fend_oblivion
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i'd eat mcdonalds on christmas
i eat it nearly everyday
i duno how i'm still 130 lbs

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i actually don't like expensive food

that's good for me, saves money, it always tastes like poop

sucks that the workers dont get vacation pay though

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You're most probably an ectomorph. Ectomorphs burn energy very, very fast compared to the other somatypes so gaining weight is extremely difficult unless you're having a caloric surplus and/or lifting heavy weights. Best be careful though; even though you're not packing on the lbs, you're at risk in getting cholesterol and diabetes.
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#25 masiisam
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Why not talk about why movie theaters are open as well?....big deal..

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#26 mems_1224
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sucks for the people that have to work there but not everyone celebrates christmas so it makes sense.
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[QUOTE="hippiesanta"]some americans just can't afford to celebrate expensive xmas party....... mcDonald is their last option to gather family and frienddodgerblue13
I never understood this argument. I go to Wal-Mart for lunch because it's near my campus, and it has a McDonald's in the front. I bypass it and get (for instance) Greek yogurt, bananas, and a protein bar for the same price if not cheaper than some meal from McDonald's. I can buy chicken and eggs for cheaper than that stuff. It's not like it takes three hours to get, either. This isn't personal, but I just...don't get it. You can eat a healthy meal for $5 if you want to do it.

hell yeah man you can make some great healthy food for cheap from walmart. I end up eating a lot of Mcdizzles though not because it's cheap, but because it's conveniant and quick. With work and school it's so much easier to just swing through the drive thru quick and get a quick, decent tasting meal for a decent price

Smart move by McDonalds I guess, I'm sure they have some workers that don't care if they work on Christmas day. They should get holiday pay though, not like they couldn't afford to pay them a little more

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#28 Serraph105
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[QUOTE="cheese_game619"][QUOTE="Serraph105"]Personally I won't be eating there that day.Ovirew
and you think you're some kind of martyr for this? back up everybody let the hero through, this guy is going to give up eating mcdonalds for a whole day in protest of mcdonalds being open that day! please just promise to write of your incredible experience some day

Well maybe the OP didn't really mean anything like that by that statement. They might have just been mentioning that they don't expect to be eating there that day.

I said that to make a tldr rant nice and short. I certainly dont consider it to be high and mighty or martyrdom.

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#29 DJ-Lafleur
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There's nothing really wrong with that. Good on Mickie D's I guess.

I certainly won't be getting any McDonalds though. It's pretty much tradition to have pancakes for Breakfest and a big turkey dinner for Christmas, so I'll be good.

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People need their McDoubles.
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#31 tryagainlater
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Not giving holiday pay is a total d*ck move.

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#32 Rattlesnake_8
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Pretty lame to be open that day, even worse to make people work and not pay them extra.
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I don't purchase anything on holidays. People should be off to enjoy their holiday...make your own damn food for once.
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#34 mindstorm
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My own place of employment, a coffee shop, will also be open on Christmas. It wouldn't be open if we didn't expect an influx of customers. Very often on holidays we have customers on that very day complain that we are open. They often do not see that they themselves are a cause.
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No holiday pay? Really that sucks. Not much of an incentive then.
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What, so all the workers have to miss Christmas with their families just because the Managers are greedy bastards looking for more "munny" ?! Fvck that.
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#37 fl4tlined
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No holiday pay? Really that sucks. Not much of an incentive then.Shottayouth13-
unless your basically forced to work or you lose your appartment, Or you have nothing else to do on christmas
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#38 EasyStreet
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Atheist need a place for junk food on that day.

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well it provides time and a half for anyone who works on that day (if not double time depending on the state) and it provides a place for someone to stop and get coffee or food if they are traveling....good for them...Omni-Slash
Nope no holiday pay...
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#40 Kage1
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Thanks for the heads up. Now I have somewhere to go on Christmas day:(

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If you don't like it, don't work at McDonalds. Seriously, I never understood the "poor McDonalds/Walmart" employee shtick. If you have zero skills or education and work at a minimum wage service establishment, why should you expect any benefits at all? Yeah, working on Christmas sucks, but chances are if you are working at McDonalds year round, you really don't have much choice in employment and you shouldn't be complaining. From McDonalds perspective, it makes sense to stay open because lots of people are on the road going to family and such and want to stop somewhere for lunch.

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Give me your best math skills and work out how a minimum wage job is even solvent let alone giving you time or extra money on the side for things other than... you know... surviving (even on a minimum wage job you are unable to provide and rely on yourself). EDIT: Anyway, on-topic... it sucks that people cannot spend a day per year with their family anymore without corporate America intruding. I have never ate at any fast food establishment on any holiday...ever. Even when traveling, we just bring some cereal and fruit with or something to tide us over. Are there that many people who are traveling over 50 or 100 miles? Like I said, it is a race to the bottom and the American populaces are the losers.
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There's lots of people who don't celebrate Christmas - christ we've got to call it a damned "holiday" because of them. So why wouldn't they want to go and eat at McDonald's on that day? It's just like any other to them and presumably there are sooooo many of them that it would be a profitable day to stay open.

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#43 Zeviander
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Most restaurants are open on Christmas Day... it's one of the biggest days of the year (at least for breakfast/brunch).
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There's lots of people who don't celebrate Christmas - christ we've got to call it a damned "holiday" because of them. So why wouldn't they want to go and eat at McDonald's on that day? It's just like any other to them and presumably there are sooooo many of them that it would be a profitable day to stay open.Jackc8
There are also lots of people who celebrate Christmas on a different day entirely... and the world doesn't stop for them.
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I love christmas nuggets!
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Not everyone celebrates christmas.

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#47 harashawn
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I feel bad for the employees. Not only do they have to work on Christmas, but they have to work at McDonald's on Christmas.
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#48 akgunguy9
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If you work there and dont want to on christmas day just call off!! lol I really think that is wrong. i work at a resturaunt and i would be mad if we were open on christmas day. They only care about there money in there pockets not there employees...
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There's lots of people who don't celebrate Christmas - christ we've got to call it a damned "holiday" because of them. So why wouldn't they want to go and eat at McDonald's on that day? It's just like any other to them and presumably there are sooooo many of them that it would be a profitable day to stay open.

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Because the majority of people want to spend time with their families on the holiday, not having to work at a lousy establishment.