Claim: McDonald’s will stop serving overweight customers beginning 1 January 2015.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2014]
Is this article true? “McDonald’s Will Stop Serving Overweight Customers Beginning 1/1/15”
Obesity in America has more than doubled over the last
According to reports, beginning
McDonald’s is currently running campaigns to shake its “junk food” image, insisting they sell nothing but good quality food. They are are branding themselves from “A dining experience of fast food” to “Good food served fast.”
McDonald’s has taken a few steps to make its menu healthier, but the restaurant chain has not announced any plans to stop serving customers based on their weight. In addition to the logistical
impossibilities of weighing drive-thru customers, the potential lawsuits for discriminating against obese people, and the likelihood of McDonald’s losing millions of dollars in profits, the article can be debunked simply by considering its source: According to the Daily Buzz Live disclaimer page, all articles published on the site are meant for “entertainment purposes only.” Some articles are inspired by “real news events,” but the content of these articles is “complete fiction.”
Last updated: 5 December 2014
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