Fast food corporate king McDonald’s, which has locations in over 100 countries so far, opened its first Vietnam restaurant in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.
Hundreds of locals gathered outside the velvet ropes Saturday morning at 8 a.m. to await the grand opening of the American fast-food restaurant. Free balloons, face-painting, live performances and picture-taking with Ronald McDonald himself were some of the events held to commemorate the opening.
The Vietnam McDonald’s carries all the menu items as its other restaurants, save for one special item exclusive to the country: the McPork sandwich.
Free markets have viewed Vietnam has one of the last Asian countries with potential for consumerism following the end of the Vietnam war in 1975 and a steadily growing middle class.
McDonald’s follows other American corporations like KFC, which opened in Vietnam in 1997 and Baskin-Robbins, which opened in 2012. Starbucks opened its first three stores in Vietnam last year.
See that? Doesn’t it look like it’s only two inverted buns with a sliver of ham between two slices of cheese? Well.. that’s because it is two inverted buns with a sliver of ham between two slices of cheese.
Next Friday, McDonald’s Japan will introduce the “McToast” to the public. From the looks of things, McDonalds has run out of ideas.
Although this sandwich looks tragically simple, it may not do so bad. The “McToast” holds quite a bit of resemblance to the French “Le Croque McDo” (picture below) which has done surprisingly well in Europe.
“Le Croque McDo” has done well by focusing on its simplicity. The website openly states that it is merely two slices of melted Swiss cheese, a slice of ham and toasted bread. It then points out, “It does not take more to be good.”
Lets hope the simplicity, or laziness, of the “McToast” thrives just as well.
Receipts for Asian customers labeled “Ching Chong”, music videos that insult and stereotype our women, people ranting on the internet about how Asians annoy them – Yup, we’ve seen a lot of disrespectful things thrown towards our community. Well unfortunately, this is another one to add to the list and get just as angry about.
In Vancouver, a 51-year-old Chinese woman is demanding a printed apology from the franchise owner and manager of a specific McDonalds for the manner in which they treated her. According to Hai Xia, a McDonalds manager refused to serve her and kicked her out because of her English skills.
Xia, who speaks English as a second language, was allegedly trying to explain to the workers that her order was incorrect, but she was dismissed by the manager because she apparently didn’t “understand English”. Additionally, the manager added that they didn’t speak Mandarin although Xia was speaking English.
Was this manager simply having a bad day? Its possible. Xia noted that when another worker came over to ask what was going on, the manager scolded him for interfering. Clearly, this manager woke up on the wrong side of the bed. But is this any excuse for discriminating against someone for their limited skills in a second language? Absolutely not. Is it okay not to serve someone just because you don’t have the patience to be decent? Nope.
McDonalds claim that they are taking the complaint very seriously and officials will meet with Xia to resolve the issue next week.