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Posted: 11/1/2009 3:12:49 PM EST


source, though I'm sure a google-search will bring up a dozen more.






McDonald's closing throughout Iceland: Thousands wait in line for the last Big Mac

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/10/30/2009-10-30_thousands_wait_in_line_for_the_last_big_mac_in_iceland.html#ixzz0Veya4E0k

Thousands of Icelanders lined up at McDonald's restaurants to order their last Big Macs before the U.S. fast-food chain abandons the crisis-hit island at midnight Saturday due to soaring costs.

The world's largest fast-food company said earlier this week that all three of its restaurants in Iceland, operated by franchisee Jon Ogmundsson, would shut down October 31.

The outlets have been packed since the announcement, with lines at one restaurant on the east side of the city backing up out the door and onto the street.

At lunchtime Friday the outlet's parking lot was full and staff inside were working furiously to keep up with the soaring demand.

"It's my last chance for a while to have a real Big Mac," Siggi, a 28-year old salesman waiting in line, told Reuters.

"With the economy as it is, I won't be traveling abroad any time soon," he added. "It's not that I'm a big fan of McDonald's, but a Big Mac now and then adds to variety."

Ogmundsson, who will continue running the restaurants under a different name after taking down the golden arches, said he had even run out of Big Macs for a few hours Thursday.

"Sales have not just gone up," Ogmundsson was quoted saying in the local media. "It's gone turbo."

Ogmundsson said he managed to catch up with the surge in demand and had been selling about 10,000 burgers a day –– more than ever before.

Iceland has been reeling from the effects of the financial crisis since October 2008, when its banks collapsed in the space of a week under the weight of billions of dollars in debt.

The fall of the banks sapped confidence in Iceland's economy and sent its currency, the crown, into freefall. McDonald's said the crown's weakness was part of the reason for its withdrawal, along with the high cost of importing food from abroad.

McDonald's said it would not seek to come back to Iceland.

In a nearby stationary store, Thora Sigurdardottir, a 35-year old nursing assistant, said she had no intention of going for a final McDonald's meal.

"Good riddance," she said.

(Writing by Nicholas Vinocur; editing by Erik Kirschbaum)



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/10/30/2009-10-30_thousands_wait_in_line_for_the_last_big_mac_in_iceland.html#ixzz0VeyO0rQy


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/10/30/2009-10-30_thousands_wait_in_line_for_the_last_big_mac_in_iceland.html#ixzz0VeyO0rQy




McBarf
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:16:59 PM EST
No McDonalds? Bunch of savages.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:28:29 PM EST
Things went downhill after the US Military left.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:33:19 PM EST
The lines were insane at every McD here last week. But yeah, this isn't unexpected, since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:42:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2009 3:45:58 PM EST by Tekka]
McDonalds sucks, they'll be better off without them.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:45:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By KA3B:
Things went downhill after the US Military left.


Rockville Radar site then:



Rockville Today







Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:46:12 PM EST
Originally Posted By Palli: But yeah, this isn't unexpected, since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.


Welcome to the club
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:51:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By KA3B:
Things went downhill after the US Military left.

I had the opportunity to eat Clown Food while stationed there. Compared to some of the local drekandswill cuisine, the Happy Play Place occasionally saved the day.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:51:59 PM EST
Send some Iceland women over here!
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:53:51 PM EST
Dammit what are the boys at CCP gonna eat?! If EVE falls victim to this economy thing, I'm foing!
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:54:54 PM EST
You know your country is fucked when Mcdonalds leaves.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:56:49 PM EST
Looks like they're serving up some KFUK next door. Gotta' be tough to compete with that.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:57:03 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:57:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By Palli:
The lines were insane at every McD here last week. But yeah, this isn't unexpected, since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.


Stick to shark & piss sandwichs. Mcdonalds is the spawn of the devil.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:00:52 PM EST
I can just see it now....flash frozen Big Macs on ebay....
freshly frozen right after being picked up at a local McDonalds..then priority shipped to your door ready to heat and eat.....
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:02:21 PM EST
Thats what happens when they charge $18 dollars for fucking hamburger. Keflavik, kiss my ass!
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:03:11 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:03:42 PM EST
last time I was in Iceland, it cost $100 for a family of 4 to have lunch.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:04:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By odiedodi:
You know your country is fucked when Mcdonalds leaves.




Well, when you put it that way....
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:08:48 PM EST
wow the entire country! i eat at burger king anyway i like flame broiled meat better.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:09:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By KA3B:
Things went downhill after the US Military left.


Ironically enough, that's usually how it is with any military community.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:20:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By odiedodi:
You know your country is fucked when Mcdonalds leaves.


This.

Originally Posted By realwar:
Send some Iceland women over here!


And this.




Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:34:55 PM EST
Iceland has been reeling from the effects of the financial crisis since October 2008, when its banks collapsed in the space of a week under the weight of billions of dollars in debt.


Same thing will happen here
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:36:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By Palli:
The lines were insane at every McD here last week. But yeah, this isn't unexpected, since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.


Hey, we're right behind you.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:39:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
Iceland has been reeling from the effects of the financial crisis sinceOctober 2008, when its banks collapsed in the space of a week under theweight of billions of dollars in debt.


Same thing will happen here


Here it will be Trillions.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:44:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2009 4:44:51 PM EST by Mateba]
Originally Posted By Infallible:
Thats what happens when they charge $18 dollars for fucking hamburger. Keflavik, kiss my ass!


As if there are cheaper options. Just a hot dog and coke at the gas station cost $9 last time I was there. Drinks at the bars were ~$20. All worth it given the pie I brought back though
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 4:47:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By DaGrandPoobah:
Originally Posted By odiedodi:
You know your country is fucked when Mcdonalds leaves.


This.

Originally Posted By realwar:
Send some Iceland women over here!


And this.

http://judicial-inc.biz/91beau20.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_zzMa08N0ZcU/SC4-iZehtuI/AAAAAAAAAIE/-lOGCbrypMA/s400/Icelandic+Women.jpg
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/8339/asdisran.jpg
http://i19.tinypic.com/536hetc.jpg





Link Posted: 11/1/2009 5:34:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By Palli:
The lines were insane at every McD here last week. But yeah, this isn't unexpected, since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.

Would Iceland be an economical tourist destination for us now?
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 5:36:52 PM EST
I'd rather stand in line for an Ericdaughter. (SP?)
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 5:38:51 PM EST
No McDonalds? A blessing for Iceland.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 5:39:20 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 5:42:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2009 5:42:24 PM EST by woodsie]
Originally Posted By KingC:
Originally Posted By KA3B:
Things went downhill after the US Military left.


Rockville Radar site then:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_70nfn58daz8/R52mC5LE76I/AAAAAAAABHw/a974bXJPftI/s576/Island-12.jpg

Rockville Today





Was this picture taken with the Apple 2GS digital camera periphial or something?


Link Posted: 11/1/2009 5:42:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By DieselEngineer:

Originally Posted By Palli:
The lines were insane at every McD here last week. But yeah, this isn't unexpected, since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.

Would Iceland be an economical tourist destination for us now?


Thats what I was wondering. We were talking about going there for AT
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 5:45:45 PM EST
shithole, who gives a fuck Do they even have a military
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 5:47:20 PM EST
I believe Iceland is now fully supported by the filming of episodes of Top Gear.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 5:47:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By chadwick76:
shithole, who gives a fuck Do they even have a military

What would they need one for?
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 5:58:32 PM EST
I think Iceland needs some immigration from African and Mid East countries to get it back on track. Just kidding. I would like to visit Iceland, Norway, Finland, etc, but why are things so expensive there? Its bad when American that are seen around the world as "rich" can't even afford to visit.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 9:09:50 PM EST
Originally Posted By Palli:
The lines were insane at every McD here last week. But yeah, this isn't unexpected, since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.


So what are your gun laws like?
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 9:15:43 PM EST
you mean the 365black.com website didn't have appeal in iceland?!? unimaginable that their stellar racist marketing didn't work
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 9:25:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By woodsie:
Originally Posted By KingC:
Originally Posted By KA3B:
Things went downhill after the US Military left.


Rockville Radar site then:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_70nfn58daz8/R52mC5LE76I/AAAAAAAABHw/a974bXJPftI/s576/Island-12.jpg

Rockville Today

http://www.usradarsitesiceland.org/uploads/photos/rpju53671754.JPG



Was this picture taken with the Apple 2GS digital camera periphial or something?




Probably some half-assed web site admin compressed the shit out of it to save on bandwidth costs.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 9:29:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By Palli:
The lines were insane at every McD here last week. But yeah, this isn't unexpected, since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.


It's cool, the US is gonna be in the same boat pretty soon too.

Maybe we should ask the guys in Argentina how they got by.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 9:33:13 PM EST


- srsly
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 9:38:34 PM EST
damn, thats crazy.

How about this; I will mail you Icelanders some BigMacs if you mail me some blondes, deal?
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 9:41:03 PM EST
won't happen here...obama will bail em out
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 9:47:47 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 11:20:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By retgarr:

Originally Posted By chadwick76:
shithole, who gives a fuck Do they even have a military

What would they need one for?
To keep all of the women from being stolen.

Link Posted: 11/2/2009 12:36:30 AM EST
More pics of women please, fuck McDonalds!
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 1:17:48 AM EST
Originally Posted By DieselEngineer:

Originally Posted By Palli:
The lines were insane at every McD here last week. But yeah, this isn't unexpected, since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.

Would Iceland be an economical tourist destination for us now?


Much more so than before, definitely. Cars are being exported rapidly and I've never seen as many tourists here as there were this summer. You can now have a lunch for $7 or so, instead of $16 before

Originally Posted By Zan:
Originally Posted By Palli:
The lines were insane at every McD here last week. But yeah, this isn't unexpected, since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.


So what are your gun laws like?


Terrible. This place is a complete shithole and the gun laws are a great example of that, absolutely no handguns of any kind, only rifles and shotguns and it's heavily regulated. Don't even get me started on everything else wrong with this country.
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 1:37:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By Palli:
since our currency is FUBAR and we're practically bankrupt.


Please take note Pres. Obama & Congress

Link Posted: 11/2/2009 1:56:56 AM EST
So when is McDonalds going to pull out of the US?
Our economy is pretty fucked and I hear they are making an absolute killing over in China and the rest of Asia.
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 2:13:20 AM EST
I don't eat much at McDonalds, but it is a sign of prosperity when they come to your country, so it must be pretty sad when they leave?
On a lighter note - We'll take you Icelanders back, just turn your Vikingships around, and come back to Norge or Svearike!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelanders

SteinarT
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