Aug 20, 2013

Big Macs held hostage in police battle over Maccas site

The battle over a proposed McDonald's restaurant in Tecoma has turned really ugly, with discounted Big Macs for hungry coppers in the firing line. Crikey has the Police Association response.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

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Victoria Police is standing by its controversial policy of letting uniformed officers scarf cut-price McDonald's, despite Police Association chief Greg Davies insisting in a leaked email that "free" burgers were verboten. In a swingeing email response to a former Upwey resident concerned about the optics of discount-enjoying police blocking access to the planned Tecoma site of the international conglomerate -- obtained by Crikey -- Davies blasts the insinuation police are effectively accepting McNugget-sized bribes to provide taxpayer-funded security. Police and protesters have been embroiled in a tense stand-off at Tecoma, with allegations of brutality and heavy handedness being hurled around like Big Mac pickles at a train roof. Davies wrote:
"... McDonalds do not provide free food to Victorian police officers/our members. No-one is accepting bribes from anyone. The suggestion is as ludicrous as it is outrageous. Your assertion that our members receive a free gift is both wrong and offensive. In fact, your entire message is wrong and offensive and directed to the wrong organisation."

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12 thoughts on “Big Macs held hostage in police battle over Maccas site

  1. Nick Seidenman

    Mark Duffett, your assertion (#2) begs the question, is this indeed “free enterprise”? In fact, McDonalds is very active in manipulating or changing the laws governing commerce, planning, environment, and employment to favor their pursuit of profit. To that end, they seek to “game” the marketplace so that their costs are lower and there are as few other impediments to keeping ever larger shares of revenue as profit.

    In Tecoma’s case, the building McDonalds is seeking to construct will be larger than any other building, will not look like any other building here, will be the only business of any kind with a “drive-through” window, will be located closer to the preschool than any other “food” business here, and will have signage that is far more visible, in far greater size and number than any other business here. In other words, they want to tilt what they see as the “market” in our area in their favor as much as possible, to the detriment not only of our environment, our children, and our safety, but also to the detriment of the very same “free market” you extol.

    We have 21 cafe’s in Belgrave, just 2 km up the road, two pizza shops, a fish and chip place, and a charcoal chicken here in Tecoma itself. You won’t hear any of these businesses talking about, or otherwise trying to run the others out of town or out of business. You won’t hear them talking about doubling their market share over the next five years, unlike McDonalds’ CEO Catriona Noble’s stated goal. These businesses coexist, symbiotically, with all the other small businesses in the area, and serve locals and tourists alike quite well. McDonalds doesn’t know how to co-exist with anything; they’re stated goal is market domination. Free enterprise? Hardly.

  2. Salamander

    A monopoly, as this ends up being, is supposedly anathema to “free enterprise competition”.

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