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They're not lovin' it

 
September 30th 2010
 

The San Francisco Chronicle has recorded an outcry from homeless people in one neighbourhood of their city, but it's not because of police harassment or the closure of a day centre: it's the removal of the dollar menu from the local McDonald's.

The fast food restaurant in the Haight-Ashbury area removed the cheapest items from its menu in August, so that whereas a burger could previously have been bought for 99c, it is now $1.49. A small hike in price, perhaps, but it makes a lot of difference to the city's homeless population, who do not have the same welfare support most of our readers are entitled to and who relied on this cheap food.

Responding to criticism that the move was being made as anti-homeless measure, to move rough sleepers of the local streets, Natalie Gonzales, the franchise owner, told the San Francisco Chronicle: "this was a business decision based on a number of contributing factors. And while these items are no longer available at $1, they are still available at what I believe to be a good, everyday value."

 
 
 

October 2010

 

Contents

Counts are optional

A moving target

Rough sleeper dies in custody

ITV plans new homeless reality TV show

Refurb rumours

Man charged with Ilford murder

They're not lovin' it

Keeping the Rhythm

Soup runs come in from the cold

Peter Pickles completes second walk for charity

Cyrenians set sail

The shape of things to come

The road to Rio

Byte Night 2010

Aberdeen homeless development confirmed

Glasgow homeless hostel closure

Shock over Highland B&B figures

Birmingham Skylight arrives

Tenants told to make up Housing Benefit shortfall

Homeless choir's debut album

Street Shield 17: Where's the Cardboard Shield?

 

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