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Social Circle: What are your thoughts on McDonald's?

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The Social Circle has strong opinions when it comes to the golden arches. Some said the food is cheap and consistent and therefore of value, whereas others likened it to the devil himself.

But what are your thoughts on McDonald's? Weigh in via the Talkback feature.

Stephanie Bartz: "I feel dirty and ashamed when I eat there or any fast food joint."

Kim Bollmann: "Only good on a hangover day."

Brian Brehmer: "It all depends on what McDonald's you go to as to how the quality of your food will turn out."

Phil Busch: "It is everything that is right with America. Sure, it isn't great food. But what were you expecting for a meal that costs $2? They make a reliable, consistent product that every once in a while hits the spot."

Pam Cake: "I think it's the devil and all things evil. That being said, you can understand my self-hatred at loving their snack-size McFlurry. It's the only thing I buy there."

Erica Cortez: "The coffee is the bomb and cheap."

Steph Davies: "Ugh. Wish I didn't at times crave their breakfast. Anything else they offer is good when your wallet is thin, but I always end up regretting it later."

Eric Dohr: "I only use them for coffee in the morning."

Jim Draeger: "Horrible. Haven't been there since 2003 and prohibit my 2-year-old daughter's grandparents to take her there."

Russ Fascia: "Hate what they are and what they do to the earth but enjoy the occasional fishwich."

Kat Froelich: "I would love to take my niece there to play in the kids area, but it looks really gross. I wonder how often and how well it is cleaned. There are fewer and fewer if these playgrounds today vs. when I was a kid. I wonder if it's too great of a liability."

Jennifer Gingery: "I can't even believe that people eat that. I don't doubt that McDonald's can be found in people's DNA ."

Rachel Goeden: "Will stop for coffee or a Diet Coke on rare occasion or in a pinch when nothing else is around or open.

Howie Goldklang: "Gross food, takes away from local business. Read the book 'Fast Food Nation' and you will never ever want to eat there or any fast food again."

Chris Haworth: "Why McDonald's? Why not ask about all fast-food restaurants?"

Josh Heller: "Good for quick, cheap food."

Sherra Hinz: "Good for teenage employment."

Beth Jaworski: "Every time I eat there, I regret it. Not like it used to be. Somewhere along the way they went from real food to hormone-filled grossness."

Jaeson Jrakman: "Their quality has dramatically dropped over the last decade. Fries and hash browns are almost always either cold, or old and re-dipped in fryer grease to make them hot again. Orange juice cups are never filled to the top. Towards the end of the breakfast run, they serve rock-hard biscuits that ought to have been discarded presumably to lower food costs for the manager's bonus. Their Big Macs are never hot, but slimy. It's just nasty."

Shannon Knapp: "Once when a sleepover parent fed it to my kid, I made her kid watch 'Super Size Me.' He went home and told her he didn't want to eat at McDonald's ever again because it would make his penis not work."

Tammy Kolbe: "I hate McDonald's. Best marketing department in the world, though. When my kids were only 2 they knew the arches."

Ryan Lee: "Old McDonald? Who had a farm?"

Andi Letizia: "Disgusting, unhealthy, gross coffee and takes away from great local places. Support your local delis and sandwich shops."

Alexi Loomis: "Great business, knows how to really generate the money. I also love their branch of Chipotle."

Randle McMenning: "Their coffee is very good and inexpensive. Don't eat the food. 'That will be $1.06 – please pull up to the next window.'"

Sarah Anne Manilla: "Gross. I get mad when my ex takes the kids there."

Laura Martin: "I have taught Walter the big 'M' stands for Mommy. I think it helped him learn what the letter looks like and that is all we need from them."

Dave Mikolajek: "Love their breakfast burritos, cheeseburgers and fries."

Debi Miner: "It was a great high school job for me."

Tom Mollica: "About once or twice a year I get this great impulse to go and eat a Big Mac. Not sure why. I think it's something built into my DNA that is similar to salmon swimming upstream."

Andrew Nelson: "Please leave."

Dax Phillips: "If I had a penny, they could keep the change."

Clive Promhows: "Can't remember the last time I had McDonald's. It's been years."

Carrie Pruhs: "We call it 'McCrappo's.'"

Lindsay Puetz: "Them: preying on the always-in-a-rush, settling-for-less slugs of America and rapidly depreciating the value of real food. Nothing delicious about it. The people that frequent = lazy."

Dan Schley: "My pre-teen liked it until he saw 'Super Size Me.' Hasn't gone back. It's a great cure. He is 20 now."

Amy Schubert: "It should be illegal."

Phil Schwinn: "For emergencies only. Ronald is scary."

Stephanie Sherman: "The french fries are the best. Eat it and don't think about it for too long."

Marc Solheim: "It's murder."

Ann Matenaer Stacey: "Haven't been there for eight years, but I'm guessing it is still awful."

Peter Sveiks: "Do stop once in a while, but only for the wifi access and maybe an orange juice and water."

Lydia Ortiz Thompson: "I love their Southwest salad with grilled chicken."

Steve Vieth: "I always want a Big Mac plus ketchup. until I actually eat it. Ugh! For the record, it's usually after drinking all night."

Paul Vnuk: "Mickey D's usually seams like a great idea before you eat there and not so much after you eat there."

Nikki Wallschlaeger: "Puke, gag, retch and repeat."

Ruth Weill: "I like that they have play areas for the kids – good for really crappy weather but need somewhere cheap for the kids to release energy. But the food ... Not so much."

Scott Weiskopf: "I have to be really starving to eat there. Except for the fries, it's kind of gross."

David White: "Rainforest death and poopies!"

Jan Wilberg: "There when you need them. Sorry. I know I should have a better, more nutritious answer."

Chris Zito: "Dirty Ron's ... It's kind of a love / hate thing with my internal organs."



Massaconsin | Oct. 7, 2012 at 5:52 p.m. (report)

I remember when a visit to McDonalds was a special trip as a kid. I even worked at McDonald's to help pay for school. Whenever I headed home they always said that there were hours for me if I needed it. Our local franchise owner was excellent to us and to our town.Granted I lived in a small town so it wasn't bad compared a lot of other places. Obviously not everyone is like that but there are some good folks there. I learned the value of hard work, always being busy, and humility. At the end of the day it's about choice. If you don't like it, don't eat there and be done with it. Some people know better and still choose to eat there, others don't know better. In addition, it's often a better value for many low income people, you can stay full for longer periods of time. Often times people have no choice. When you're working 4 part time jobs just to barely pay the rent, a hot burger sounds better than a can of black beans. I know McDonald's is bad, so I only eat there a few times a year. What can I say, sometimes I gotta have those fries.. Instead of a holier than thou attitude maybe step back and look at the issue holistically. Good paying jobs mean people have more to spend and might even take better care of themselves. Maybe even try supporting the work that Will Allen is doing with Growing Power and the new deli so that people can actually afford to eat well. So that people actually have a choice.

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mikeb | Oct. 7, 2012 at 3:49 p.m. (report)

Amazing that they've been able to stay in business for as long as they have based on the smug comments you were able to collect.

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InTheView | Oct. 7, 2012 at 3:27 p.m. (report)

F the haters, I'm eating the hell out of a big mac right now. See you in hell, bitches.

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hardgeminiguy75 | Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:11 a.m. (report)

I NEVER eat at McDonalds or other fast food restaurants. . Their hambergers are full of fat and salt-both bad for anyone tio eat. Some parents take their kids to McDonalds several times a week or daily as they are to lazy to cook heathy foods for them at home. So sad--bad parents. It is hard to drive by a McDonalds and not see cars lined up. Wonder why we now have so many FAT adults and children? Bet most eat non-healthy food at McDonalds and elsewhere. Plus, all are eating far too much. Cut back 50% on food intake and eat right--you will lose weight. And, how many of these people eat fresh fruit, vegetables, salads at least daily? Bet most do not. Start thinking and drop your BAD eating habits.

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