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McDonald's cash: Fast-food strike aside, cash drop-off a surprise to customers

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With McDonald’s cash and a fast-food strike being talked about topics this Friday morning, it’s little question that fast food locales, their employees, and customers are on the tip of the tongue this week. Although thousands of fast-food workers and group labor supporters rallied this Thursday to campaign for a raise in the minimum wage, one couple found McDonald’s cash in their bag instead of a breakfast order, and seem eager to return to the restaurant. The CS Monitor and UPI shares the news this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

A fast-food strike was scheduled in over 100 cities across the U.S., with both walkouts and rallies planned. Although the final turnout remains unclear — a related day of compensation protests this summer yielded not-as-high-as-expected results for some rally organizers — it seems many of these fast food workers want an increase in the minimum wage.

Recent photos in such cities as Chicago and New York City reveal workers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and other restaurant employees marching in an early rally this Thursday. The employees maintained a variety of chants, ranging from “Hey, hey, and ho, ho, this $7.40 has got to go” to” to the simple “Raise the minimum wage!”

Many of the protesters have claimed that lifting the wage up to $15-an-hour would make a major difference in helping them raise their families and improve, overall, their standard of living. These fast-food strikes appear to be part of a unified front from worker advocacy groups and labor unions. President Obama has promised that our nation needs to devote more attention to economic disparities, and was in support of raising the U.S. minimum wage.

A McDonald’s cash story brings a more lighthearted front to the fast food headlines, as a Tenn. couple (regular McDonald's customers) received quite the Value Meal from an employee this week. When ordering their usual breakfast meals, they found that the bag they received was not filled with food, but instead stuffed with plastic bags full of money. The bills amounted to thousands of dollars, and the Terry family quickly realized that a serious error had been made.

Rather than try to keep the money, the honest couple opted to return it to McDonald’s. Apparently, the McDonald’s cash was given to Greg and Stacye Terry by mistake after the bag of bills was placed too closely to the drive-thru line, and got switched with their bag of food. Talk about a breakfast order!

"My husband opened the bag and discovered the money inside," said Stacye with a laugh. "He said, ‘You are not going to believe this.' Sure enough, it was their bank deposit money."

The couple said that they are still looking forward to returning to McDonald’s soon, and doubt anything this strange (or fortunate) will ever happen again.

"This will never, ever happen again in our lifetime," Greg said. “We'll be back. We'll be back. But, next time I'm sure we'll leave with our normal breakfast order."



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