As children enjoy this list of interesting facts, we should like to remind them that the facts contained within are real. In fact, we challenge the reader to prove that any of the information contained in these pages is false. Included in this collection are many things that may be new to our readers, some things that will surprise them, and some things that will astonish them. We hope that the reader will take the time to ponder the significance of each fact, and we hope that the reader will also find the collection enjoyable. The following facts are presented in a very simple manner. We have endeavored to keep the text as clear as possible without losing any of the information. The facts are not necessarily presented in the order in which they were discovered, but instead, we have tried to group them into broad categories the reader may enjoy.

They Evade Taxes

They Evade PAYER'S TIN Taxes RIO peentos TAX STATEMENT FOR YEAR 2019 ds $ 6 Medical and Security - payments THIS STATEME EPORTS 1099-INT OGT DEPART THE TREASURY-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE S - - Substitute payments - bau of CC FOR RECIPIENT dividends inderest S 10 Crop insure WITH This 1 On top of pushing their employees ever MILEAGE LOG further below the poverty line, various MONTH - 10 YEAR BUSINESS PUR BUSINESS OOMETER READING MILES THE Prov-N governments and agencies have ac- 11382 TRAVELED THE 11110 g my cused McDonald's of keeping its execu- 272 se BUSINESS tives and shareholders rich

EPSU

They Stiff Black Franchise Owners

They Stiff Black Franchise Owners CRACKED.COM With companies like McDonald's that operate on a franchise system, it's hard to blame the corporate daddy for racist behavior on the part of its management babies (which definitely exists), but in 2021, McDonald's settled a lawsuit filed by a group of black franchise owners who claimed the company stuck them with undesirable locations after provid- ing misleading information on their profitability. At McDonald's, even the higher ups can't escape racist bullshit.

AP

They Love Lying About Their Fries

They Love Lying About Their Fries CRACKED.COM Nobody thinks McDonald's fries are a pure and natural product, which is why it was so weird when McDonald's ran ads in the U.K. in the early 2000s showing a sliced potato in a cardboard sleeve with the headline The story of our fries (end of story) and the claim that We peel them, slice them, fry them and that's it. When communications authorities con- firmed that there are, in fact, several oth- er steps and ingredients involved, Mc- Donald's was forced to pull the ads, pre- sumably commenting, We don't know what

BBC

Gestation Crates??

Gestation Crates?? GRACKED.COM It's not just the nuggs and eggs. In 2012, McDonald's announced that it was encouraging pork suppliers to stop us- ing gestation crates that limit the movement of pregnant pigs and cause all kinds of health problems, which is kind of like announcing that you're go- ing to stop farting in your coworkers' coffee. The revelation is so much more disturbing than the promise is reassur- ing.

NYTimes

The McLibel Case

The McLibel Case 100 10 CRACKED.COM In the '90s, McDonald's launched a libel case against a handful of no-name U.K. activists who distributed pamphlets about the company's harmful practices that ended up dragging on until it be- came the longest trial in English histo- ry. It was a P.R. disaster for McDonald's, who was seen as picking on the little guys, and the legal proceedings (in which the activists were forced to de- fend themselves on a shoestring bud- get) revealed that many of their claims were actually true.

BBC

They Sue Anyone with a “Mc” in Their Name

They Sue Anyone with a Mc in Their Name GRAGKED.COM Even though they stole the name themselves, McDonald's has a long history of suing everyone named McDonald, or whose name even begins with Mc or Mac, who tries to name a business after themselves. Basically, if you're Irish or Scottish, the lazy way is off limits. They even tried to trademark the whole prefix, but they lost.

AP

They Ran the Original Owners Out of Business

They Ran the Original Owners Out of Business M 15c 15c REUP SERVICE SYSTEM - S Reserves - Drow HAMBURGE 1398 % have Seid OVER 1 MILI ION CLASH CRACKED.COM You probably know Ray Kroc as the founder of McDonald's, but the fran- chise was actually created by a pair of Irish immigrant siblings who rose from poverty to become greasy success sto- ries. They were the ones who pioneered the concept of a quick-service restaurant and even the golden arches; Kroc simply bought them out. Не got the rights to the name and every other location, but he was

Mashed

They Told Employees to Treat Burn Injuries With Condiments

They Told Employees to Treat Burn Injuries With Condiments CRACKED.COM In 2015, a group of McDonald's workers across the country got together to file two dozen complaints with the Occupa- tional Health and Safety Administra- tion, alleging that management puts so much pressure on their skeleton crews that they're at real risk for becoming actual skeletons. They reported ram- pants kitchen accidents and injuries and insufficient first aid supplies, lead- ing management to recommend treat- ing burns with mustard or mayonnaise.

The Guardian

They Use Kiosks to Cut Costs and Encourage Excessive Consumption

They Use Kiosks to Cut Costs and Encourage Excessive Consumption - ORDER HERE GRACKED.COM McDonald's has been a pioneer in replacing people with robots since 1999, when they began develop- ing kiosks that would not only do away with the necessity of pesky employees but also encourage customers to eat more by general- ly easing their fear of judgment but also specifically pushing them to upsize and add on.

WSJ

Meanwhile, Their CEO Earns Millions

Meanwhile, Their CEO Earns Millions C O E CRACKED.COM In 2017, as the strikes and lawsuits poured in, the CEO of McDonald's earned almost $22 million. That's thanks in part to a 69% pay raise two years earlier, which is not, in fact, nice.

Forbes

They Gave Advice on Impoverished Living

They Gave Advice on Impoverished Living O + % % AC x 9 8 7 6 5 A + 3 2 1 - WITH 0 CRACKED.COM In fact, so many McDonald's workers struggle to survive on the wages they do get that McDonald's came under fire in 2013 for resources on its employee website that were really more instruc- tions on how to live poor by people who have clearly never done it, such as suggestions to eat smaller bites of food to feel fuller on less and quit complaining to reduce stress and a sample budget that assumed em-

ABCNews

They Stiff Their Employees

They Stiff Their Employees NOTE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THIS PEANS 1 82510451 В WASHINGTOK.INC. 3 DES 0451 3 1 - 1 ONEDOLAR GRAGKED.COM McDonald's and wage theft go to- gether like McDonald's and suspi- cious meat patties. In 2013, it was re- ported that 84% of New York City McDonald's employees earned less than their stated wages, and in 2019, the company paid its largest wage settlement ever - - $26 million --to California employees who say they weren't paid overtime or given prop- er breaks.

Salon

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