Sorry!! The article you are trying to read is not available now.

Ronald McDonald Kidnapped, Held Hostage by Fringe Group...Seriously

Print comment Post Comments
There’s a fine line between amusing hostage video and less amusing Al-Qaeda inspired hostage video. We’re not exactly sure if this particular story crosses that line or not, but boy is it crazy!

Orange News, take it away:

A shadowy organisation calling itself the Food Liberation Army claims it has kidnapped Ronald McDonald.
The FLA says it will 'execute' the McDonald's restaurant chain character if its demands are not met.

The spokesman for the group - who are based in Finland - demands that the McDonalds organisation answer ethical questions or the character will be executed.

He says: "Two days ago we kidnapped Ronald McDonald from a McDonald's Restaurant.

"We love burgers, fries and McDonald's, but we can no longer watch silent when the food we love is being destroyed and brought to shame because of greed and indifference. Because of your short-sightedness your burgers have become nearly inedible.
"If you do not answer all the questions we will execute Ronald on Friday February 11, 2011 at 6:30pm."
Now that’s pretty crazy. But what, you ask, is even crazier? That a spokesperson for McDonald's (MCD) actually responded. Sort of.

“McDonald's is always available to engage in constructive conversations with our customers, stakeholders and the media. This stunt is in very poor taste and not a responsible approach to meaningful dialogue," the spokesperson said.

Apparently they’ve learned the number one rule of hostage response: never negotiate with terrorists.

Operations for the company remain largely unfazed.  This morning McDonald's reported a 5.4 percent rise in comparable sttore sales, topping analyst estimates. Europe, particularly Germany, yhe UK and France, helped boost the sales growth. The U.S., however, lagged, reporting only a 3.1 percent gain, far short of the 4.5 percent increase most analysts were projecting.
POSITION:  No positions in stocks mentioned.