Whatever Happened To Ronald McDonald?

Whatever Happened To Ronald McDonald?

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For years McDonald’s has been associated with their mascot Ronald McDonald, the oddly charming and occasionally terrifying clown. Yet for the past few years, this staple icon in American culture has seemingly vanished into fried vapor.

Hence the big question of the day:

Where in the world is Mr. Ronald McDonald?

Has he fallen victim to the cardiac arrest, so often attributed to the type of food he promotes? Has he decided to join forces with IT’s Pennywise the Clown? Has he simply taken an elongated vacation away from the stresses of promoting fast-food culture?

The choice of using Ronald McDonald as McDonald’s infamous mascot has often been criticized throughout the last decade or so.

In 2010, the Corporate Accountability International in Boston, Massachusetts suggested that the Ronald McDonald should be retired due to childhood obesity in the United States.

In 2011 Corporate Accountability International renewed their call to retire Ronald McDonald, by running ads in major newspapers and launching several web pages dedicated to the retirement of the character.

In 2014, McDonald’s introduced a new mascot, ‘Happy’, a living McDonald’s box with a smile that has managed to worm its way into nightmares and cause widespread Internet hatred from its appearance.

Yet it has only been in the past handful of years that major criticism towards Ronald McDonald has come into light following various instances of clown attacks and media presentation.

Thus, Ronald McDonald’s appropriateness at public events and his overall general presence is suddenly being called into question.

The creepy sightings began to popularize in 2016, mainly beginning in Greenville, South Carolina. Several children told authorities that a group of clowns offered them money to follow them into the woods-the suspects were never found. (CREEPY).

Since then, there have been hundreds of reports and rumors of strange clown sightings across the country (one rumor even in my hometown of Mahwah, New Jersey), some which have turned drastically violent.

Even the media has joined in on the ‘fun’ in twisting the narrative of clowns towards that of being fear-invoking. This can be seen with the increased clown exposure stemming from the now popular feature "IT" as well as television shows such as "American Horror Story: Freak Show" and "American Horror Story: Cult" where the image of clowns are far from friendly and are quite sinister in both appearance and intent.

Although it may seem fun and games, this widespread fear and negativity have managed to affect the lives of real-life clowns as well. These performers are now being shunned and ostracized due to shifting viewpoints. This has lead to various publicized clown protests in the past few years to fight the public shaming.

But anyway, back to Ronald.

So...Where has he gone?

I’d like to say that he’s currently experiencing a nice, deep hibernation as society and culture continue its endless shifting viewpoints and values.

When will we see him again?

Only time shall tell.


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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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My Strange Obsession: Bibibop Addition

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I am obsessed with Bibibop.

Sounds strange, right? But it's true.

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience Bibibop, Bibibop is an Asian Grill set up similar to Chipotle. You're able to go down the line of food, choosing a base (always go with the purple rice), hot toppings (they all slap), protein (the tofu is to die for), some cold toppings (a great way to try kale for the first time), and a sauce (if you don't get the Yum Yum sauce, you're weird.)

And, let me tell you, the final product is always delicious.

I hadn't been introduced to Bibibop until this past year, but once I tried it for the first time, I never looked back. Now I am constantly craving the taste of the Yum Yum sauce. I usually hit up Bibibop once every two weeks, but if I was rich, I would probably eat it every other day.

Though, admittedly, the prices are pretty good. And they celebrate meatless Mondays with 20% off to anyone who doesn't get meat in their bowl.

Plus, it's pretty healthy. Unlike most restaurants, like Chipotle, where your somewhat healthy meal can instantly become bad for you with the addition of something on the menu, Bibibop's entire menu provides nutritional value and offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Basically, Bibibop is the most underrated and most delicious restaurant in the world, which is why my obsession with it runs so deep. Although I would usually admit that obsessions are unhealthy, I think this one might be okay.

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