… on the day I went to see “The Founder“.
Apparently the beginning of the film is a great advert for McDonald’s burger, but this was lost on me cos I’ve never had one.
Somewhere, sometime in the past, I was steered away from eating at such establishments, and part of football and politics away days was going to local cafes, such as Hanley town centre on Monday. Lambs liver, followed by caramel shortcake with a strawberry milkshake. (I didn’t check how the milkshake was made – a significant part of the film’s story.)
Two brothers design a product – high quality food from a very limited menu prepared in a hygienic, consistent and fast way, which people collect at the counter and eat from the paper products.
(Food in a paper is reported to be an innovation, when in Britain, we’ve been eating fish & chips from paper for a very long time.)
A failing salesman sees the potential for franchising, but only makes a success of it when he sees the business as a real estate business too – his appeal to the brothers for a better deal having been refused. He becomes the founder of a new corporation.
The film is certainly more educational – and arguably less cruel – than BBC tv’s “Dragons’ Den”. Although the scene where the 100th new franchise is set up to drive the first fast food outlet – did the USA never have fish & chips shops? – out of business demonstrates meanness.
One parallel with Trump – using corporate power to not meet commitments previously paid – but only reviews have drawn this out, and remember, in the period of Trump’s trail to The White House, Hollywood was missing.
Still don’t particularly care to have a McDonald’s but was surprised to come home to the home computer to find a friend bemoaning the closure of a 34 year old McDonald’s franchise in Shrewsbury town centre. (The part-medieval building can’t be upgraded to a new standard any further at the end of a lease.) Never went, and now never will.
Meanwhile, anyone in Nottingham fancy setting up a mushy peas and mint sauce franchise?
P.S. worth checking out stuff on employees terms & conditions.