Only a fast-food giant like McDonald's can get away with pulling off crazy stunts like this. Who knew Ronald McDonald was such a sneaking SOB?
For those of you who aren't aware, McDonald's is a major sponsor of the London 2012 Olympics. And this leaked memo from the organizing committee states that they are banning all other restaurants from selling fries during the Games. The only exception is for those serving Fish & Chips, the ubiquitous British snack.
We doubt the 800 restaurants scattered throughout the 40 venues are going to be happy about this bit of news. The Daily Telegraph's Tom Chivers pretty much sums up how the British public feels about an American brand flexing their chubby muscles on their territory:
Apparently, McDonald's are so terrified of off-brand chips that they will only let you buy them as part of a British Heritage Ye Olde Fishe and Chippes package. Heaven forfend you should try to ask for just the chips. I dare say they'll get one of the Eastern European hammer-throwers to hurl you bodily from the venue.
And this isn't the first sign of crazy from this year's Olympics. According to The New Statesman, they've also banned Olympic Park visitors from wearing T-shirt the don't feature the logo of an Olympics sponsor.