Fox News and McDonald's are both magnets for controversy. Both of them have featured prominently in several documentaries, and they both get blood boiling across the country. So put them together, and you're bound to incite arguments.
Proof of that hypothesis came this weekend when self-proclaimed liberal Craig Lechner took his kids to a McDonald's outpost in his home town of Fair Lawn, in northern New Jersey. Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch reports that, after ordering his food, Lechner discovered Fox News was playing on the TV inside the restaurant. Lechner, remembering that the channel had recently showcased a violent suicide, and not wanting to expose his young children to violence, asked the owner of the McDonald's, Sebastian Lentini, to change the channel.
But Lentini refused. He said he was enjoying watching Fox News. So Lechner got angry. He started video-taping his interaction with Lentini. In the resulting video, Lechner again asks Lentini to turn off the TV, noting that the program was discussing war. Then, when Lentini refuses yet again, Lechner says, "I can't wait to put this on The Huffington Post!"
Well, Craig, we're about to make your day. Here is your video of the interaction, embedded on The Huffington Post:
Apparently Lechner complained about the interaction up the chain of command at McDonald's, and was told that TV programming is up to the prerogative of individual franchise owners. They're allowed to play whatever they want -- including (theoretically) pornography!
Still, for the sake of law and order, let's hope the "M Channel" comes to Bergen County soon.
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America's Drive-In rounds out the top 10 with U.S. revenues of $3.6 billion.
KFC, the biggest chicken vendor in America, comes in ninth with revenues of $4.7 billion, though there were 107 fewer outposts in August 2011 than there were the year before.
8. Pizza Hut
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/pizza-hut-ads_n_911106.html" target="_hplink">Good ads</a> equal big revenues for the biggest pizza chain in America. Pizza Hut took in a solid $5.4 billion in 2010.
7. Dunkin Donuts
America runs on Dunkin' to the tune of $6 billion a year -- that's almost $20 for each and every person in the country.
6. Taco Bell
2010 U.S. revenues of $6.9 billion make Taco Bell the biggest Mexican restaurant chain in the country.
Starbucks may have had a few hiccups <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/13/starbucks-bistro-boxes_n_897768.html" target="_hplink">when it comes to introducing food</a>. But its success in beverages has propelled American's biggest coffee purveyor into fifth place among fast food chains, with 2010 revenues of $7.6 billion.
Wendy's fries may be <a href="http://www.slashfood.com/2011/04/20/wendys-fries-vs-mcdonalds-fries-taste-test/" target="_hplink">number one</a>, but its revenues aren't there quite yet.
3. Burger King
Number two burger chain Burger King was sold for $3.26 billion to 3G Capital in 2009. 2010 revenues of $8.6 billion make that sound like a deal to us! (We know, we know, there's a difference between revenues and profits...)
Subway has the most outlets of any fast food brand; it expanded that total by 816 in the past year alone. But because each store is relatively small, revenues, at $10 billion, pale in comparison with those at the number one chain.
With revenues standing at a whopping $32.4 billion in 2010, the Golden Arches aren't being dethroned any time soon. What's surprising about its success is that per store sales at McDonald's are bigger than those even cult-ish brands with fewer outlets. With $2.4 million <em>per store</em>, they're second only to Chick Fil-A, which fans travel miles to visit.