Product-savvy ramraiders are increasingly stealing to order, including possibly for expectant mums, a retail leader says. Recent Hamilton targets include a boutique babywear and accessories shop, and a fashion boutique. Little Mash Boutique in Barton St, in the centre of Hamilton, was the target of a ramraid in the early hours of Tuesday morning. A police spokesperson said a vehicle was reported driving into a building about 12.50am. READ MORE: Put ankle bracelets on youth ramraiders, says exasperated bottle shop owner Patrolling cops nab Auckland ramraider at Thames jewellery store 'Shopping is like therapy': Why people are stepping back inside the stores “Two offenders have entered the premises and left with items from the store.” Three racks of children’s clothing and a till was stolen. Owner Renata Lardelli said the shop could have been targeted because one of the offenders may have been expecting a baby. Lardelli was made aware of the burglary at … [Read more...] about Ramraid for onesies – baby clothes heist sparks theft-to-order warning
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By Justin Parkinson Published 15 April 2015 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing In 1955 the first McDonald's franchise restaurant opened in the US. Now it is the world's biggest fast food chain, employing 1.9 million people. The word "McJob" has become a term of derision, but what's it like to actually work there? "Hello, can I help you?" asks the smiling young woman behind the counter. Within about 20 seconds of receiving the order, an Egg and Sausage McMuffin is on the counter. The woman smiles again and moves on to the next customer. The restaurant's only part-full but the serving area is still busy. That's the way McDonald's likes it. Staff are set time targets for service. Efficiency and profit margins are key. It's fair to say that, in the 60 years since the first franchised McDonald's restaurant opened, portrayals of its workplaces have not been universally … [Read more...] about What’s it really like to work at McDonald’s?
Published 30 November 2016 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The man who invented the McDonald's Big Mac burger has died, aged 98. In 1967, Michael "Jim" Delligatti came up with the formula of having two lots of everything - beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and special sauce - in one burger. He was one of the company's first franchisees, running stores in the US in the 1950s. McDonald's has described him as a "legendary" person, who "made a lasting impression on our brand". Jim Delligatti invented the Big Mac in a restaurant in Uniontown in Pennsylvania. It had seven ingredients and was much more elaborate than the other dishes the franchise was serving at the time. "The first day we just used the regular bun, we didn't have any centre [bread] slice," Delligatti told Reuters in 2007 . "Making it that way made it very sloppy. The next … [Read more...] about Inventor of the Big Mac dies, aged 98
Published 8 April 2015 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A fast food chain's oldest employee in Europe has turned 90 and says he has no plans to retire. World War Two veteran Bill Dudley of Connah's Quay celebrated with a party at the Mold McDonald's restaurant where he works. The great grandfather started working part-time in customer care nine years ago after becoming bored pottering around the house. Mr Dudley, who served in the Navy, said: "I still love coming to work." A day of celebrations took place at the store Wednesday for the former crane driver, whose wife calls him "Old McDonald". The restaurant's franchisee Stewart Williams said he admired Mr Dudley's "constant enthusiasm". "We are all incredibly proud to work alongside him as he's such an inspiring member of the team. I look forward to celebrating his birthday again next year," he added. … [Read more...] about Europe’s oldest McDonald’s worker, Bill Dudley, turns 90