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Old 08-24-2010   #61 (permalink)
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Nah....gotta' be something more insidious and sinister than that. It's a plot. Be afraid, be very afraid.

Already scared sh!tless for my Canadian friends & family. There were four Tim Horton's at the same intersection while we up there, one on each corner.
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No, no, no.

They did not cause the U.S. obesity problem. The patrons caused their own problem.
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Now come on Rat. Don't you know that they kidnap you, tie you to the chair and shove that stuff down your throat????
They played a role in the obesity epidemic. No one single factor was, by itself, causative. Many factors were contributory, including the explosion of fast food
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Old 08-24-2010   #63 (permalink)
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Sorry Roni, I'm not buying into it. Just like I don't blame the Tobacco Industry for my smoking habit. I take full responsibility for anything I put into this body. Your welcome Anheuser Bush!!!!!

Besides, Fast Food isn't that horrible if eaten moderately, just like cheesecake, bacon and the host of other things that aren't good for you. Supersizing not necessary, don't think anyone needs 2 whole fried potatoes and a 1/2 gallon of Soda with any meal. Unless of course the Hangover is really that bad.
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Old 08-24-2010   #64 (permalink)
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hahaha. well, i guess my point being twofold:

1. how many Americans will grab a $5 or $6 burger because it is an American institution, instead of having a nice meal at any wonderful restaurant on 5th Avenue for $12 or $15 instead? a lot. it's a bargain and they recognize the name.

2. Other side of the coin: How many Americans will pay Extra for a Star*ucks instead of less at a mom & pop cool coffee shop? a lot. because they recognize the name.

I can certainly see the attractiveness for expats who don't have many American food choices in Mexico to want to have even the "option" to grab a burger at Burger King, but still......Im probably in the minority leaning towards the old idea of mom & pop businesses.

Ahem... there are other people who live here as well as American nationals


Yes, I'm from the UK and if I see the sacred sign of the hallowed Colonel, I go a bit weak at the knees and start mumbling Bargain Bucket!

It's not about anything other than having a choice. I would welcome more Sushi places, a proper indian restaurant, more decent Chinese places. And a proper Thai (sorry Babe's is great... but you know..)

Yes, you can buy chicken in most places, but it's just not... well The Colenel's.
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That may be, I was just saying that since up here it is (just like McDonald's is) I didn't go there.

It is?

I have never heard of a Java Joes franchised coffee shop in Canada or in Saskatchewan....and you live not even 2 hours from me!

Maybe Prince Albert has a couple 'Java Joes'....that is not a very big franchise, though. The one in Playa was privately owned.


I love my Tim Hortons (sharkbait, I think it's heroin, actually ), and, as second best, Starbucks. I am not a fan of most of the coffee one can get in Mexico, so if there is a Starbucks around, I am happy. Consistency is a good thing.

I don't eat fast food too often up here (and never KFC, icky grease!) but freedom of choice I like. I can certainly see why ex pats would be happy to see them, and Mexican people too like fast food, who am I to judge.

Although I do have to say it is nice to go places with NO big chain places....but that is pure selfishness on my part- a desire to see the fabled 'real Mexico' or something naive.

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I can't believe they are putting a Burger King and KFC right next to each other.
I saw them building up from scratch and watched how fast they did it, pretty neat I wanted to know what it was going to be...
then one day I noticed the slide going in, and the help wanted sign going up.
I wonder how busy it's going to get
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I really don't have a problem with KFC, Burger King, ect., but I think they do take away from the charm of PDC.
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They played a role in the obesity epidemic. No one single factor was, by itself, causative. Many factors were contributory, including the explosion of fast food
And television, internet, game boy...kids and adults just don't have the desire to exercise anymore (with exceptions of course)..
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I can't believe they are putting a Burger King and KFC right next to each other.
I saw them building up from scratch and watched how fast they did it, pretty neat I wanted to know what it was going to be...
then one day I noticed the slide going in, and the help wanted sign going up.
I wonder how busy it's going to get
Common for them to be beside each other as they are owned by the same company, which also own Taco Bell.
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The explosion of franchise food in Playa is depressing for me.

Franchise food on every corner in Playa seems some how sacrilegious.

Every time another franchise opens in Playa the town seems to lose a little bit of what makes it unique.

I come to Playa to GET AWAY from franchise business.
Hmmmm...A lot come for the beaches, beautiful blue water, friendly people, and the opportunity to meet Snappy Sammy in person. I will admit that coming to Playa just to get away from the franchises is a unique reason
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Common for them to be beside each other as they are owned by the same company, which also own Taco Bell.
Well..that's not true.
Taco Bell and KFC are owned by YUM Brands
Burger King is owned by an investment group.
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Well..that's not true.
Taco Bell and KFC are owned by YUM Brands
Burger King is owned by an investment group.
As always, you are correct. I believe that the franchise owners are the same in Q Roo and Yucatan and that is why they are often together as well as the TGIF franchises..(all owned by the Xacur family in Merida). Pizza Hut is also in the mix (also owned by Yums) and there is a KFC/Pizza Hut in the same location in the Hotel Zone Cancun.

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I've had some damned good fried chicken in Playa from the locals...nice and crunchy and juicy...but a couple of those places have folded. Wonder if the place on 30th around 24th? is still there? I likes me some fried chickin....yum.....
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They played a role in the obesity epidemic. No one single factor was, by itself, causative. Many factors were contributory, including the explosion of fast food
well in simple terms the only way this big human experiment works is if we are responsible for ourselves.

if we can't be held responsible for what we put in our pie hole or if we get off the couch for a little exercise...

this past week a slug in Hawaii is bringing suit against a video game company for making their game "too addictive"

Wake Up People!
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