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McDonald's = new Starbucks

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    cbae

    Laptops everywhere using the free WiFi.

    Yes, I'm posting this from McDonald's. Embarassed

     

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    MasterPi

    , cbae wrote

    Laptops everywhere using the free WiFi.

    Yes, I'm posting this from McDonald's. Embarassed

    Coffee's not as good, though. I can't even consider their flavored versions as coffee anymore...more like 2x sugar milk with some strange artificial enhancer.

     

    They also don't have baristas. You can't drink serviced coffee if it doesn't come from a barista. Crying

     

    Also, McDonald's is fast food...I'm assuming the WiFi is motly for smartphones since they really can't expect anyone to spend more than a couple of minutes (it wouldn't help reach daily sales otherwise).

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    kettch

    , MasterPie wrote

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    I'm assuming the WiFi is motly for smartphones since they really can't expect anyone to spend more than a couple of minutes (it wouldn't help reach daily sales otherwise).

    I don't ever go in there, but on the rare occasions I've seen people dug in with laptops, cables and and everything, just the same as in a Starbucks. One guy had a printer.

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    You want fries with that?

    The McDonald's double lane drive through is the downfall of mankind as we know it.

    If we all believed in unicorns and fairies the world would be a better place.
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    Sven Groot

    , MasterPie wrote

    Also, McDonald's is fast food...I'm assuming the WiFi is motly for smartphones since they really can't expect anyone to spend more than a couple of minutes (it wouldn't help reach daily sales otherwise).

    In Japan, McDonalds is the number one place for high school kids to do their homework, it seems. They spend hours there.

    People with laptops is still more the domain of Starbucks, though you do see them at McDonalds too.

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    MasterPi

    , kettch wrote

    *snip*

    I don't ever go in there, but on the rare occasions I've seen people dug in with laptops, cables and and everything, just the same as in a Starbucks. One guy had a printer.

    The more you know, I guess. Smiley

    I've only ever forced myself gone there a few times during stops on long travels or at night when all places near my university were closed. In each instance, I never got the vibe that anyone would sit down for more than 10 minutes.

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    MasterPi

    , Sven Groot wrote

    *snip*

    In Japan, McDonalds is the number one place for high school kids to do their homework, it seems. They spend hours there.

    McDonalds around the world tends to be much better because they localize parts of their menu. Like, in India, you get "paneer tikka wraps" which are rather tasty. I can definitely see it being a popular study place if the prices were still dirt cheap (although, I don't think a satisfying meal is so cheap anymore in USA McDonalds).

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    Sven Groot

    @MasterPie: In Japan they've some kind of Chicken Teriyaki thing, I think. In the Netherlands it's the McKroket. Smiley

    McFlurry and the milkshakes (at least the ones they have in NL) are the only good reason to visit McDonalds, though. Somehow I always end up eating there at Narita Airport, just because it's fast, convenient, and pretty cheap compared to most other airport restaurants.

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    Bass

    McD's had free wifi way before Starbucks did (at least in my area(s)).

     

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    warren

    For kicks I went to a McDonalds in Switzerland earlier this year.  After exchange rate, the price of a regular Big Mac meal worked out to about $13 USD.  WiFi was only free for 30 minutes or so.

    They also had a totally separate McCafe counter, nowhere near the "fast food" portion of the restaurant.  It wasn't open at 10am for whatever reason (I'm guessing because Switzerland doesn't have the same "gotta have a coffee to go first thing" culture that North America does).... but the presentation was a lot more like a western coffeehouse, with cheesecakes and other sweets, proper espresso machines, and a totally different design motif from what Americans would be familiar with.

    I didn't take any pictures of the inside, but I found this one on the Internet.

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    Yes, that's actually a McDonalds.  The mind boggles.

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    spivonious

    I use the free wifi there on my smartphone (no data plan) but I can't say I've ever seen anyone with a laptop in there. The hipster kids still hang out at Starbucks in the Barnes & Noble store.

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    gogonow

    so as egypt it's the kids #1 place to do anything online.. cause of the wifi you feel like it's turning into a school

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    JohnAskew

    I don't want my phone to get fat, type 2 diabetes, or high blood pressure, so it avoids McDonald's.

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    gogonow

    @JohnAskew: haha so true

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    Harlock123n​ew

    Well I am Fat and have Type 2 and on BP meds already (Though that's just precautionary because I have an artificial heart valve), maybe it was all those years of Quarter Pounders w Cheese that caused this.. Still I'll take the WIFI and have actually pulled over and done work from their cramped tables while on road trips...

     

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