McDonald’s infuriated customers with one jaw-dropping move

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McDonald’s is the most popular fast-food restaurant in the world.  Nearly 1 in 10 people eat there every year, and every day they feed 1% of the world.

The Golden Arches are arguably the most recognizable brand in the country.

But McDonald’s customers are furious about this move, and it could change how America eats.

Union payoff causing problems

Customers go to McDonald’s mainly because the food is affordable, and it is served quickly.

But restaurant goers are feeling the squeeze, even at McDonald’s, due to rising prices, all thanks to bad leftist economic policies.

The most recent example came in California, where Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation back in 2023 that hiked the minimum wage for fast food workers to $20 per hour.

Newsom did it to pay off one of the most powerful unions in California, the SEIU.

Restaurants largely have small profit margins, so McDonald’s and other businesses need to defray the increased labor costs.

The two biggest options are to lay off employees or raise prices.

Unsurprisingly, McDonald’s and other California businesses did both.

California Business and Industrial Alliance President and Founder Tom Manzo said that fast food restaurants laid off 10,000 workers in response to California Democrats artificially boosting labor costs in the state.

And this was all foreseeable.

Manzo told Fox News, “California businesses have been under total attack and total assault for years.”

As predicted, the labor costs are getting passed onto the consumers.

Manzo added, “You can only raise prices so much. . .And you’re seeing it. People are not going to pay $20 for a Big Mac. It’s not going to happen.”

The basic economic reality that leftists refuse to grasp is that the actual minimum wage is zero.

People are not entitled to a job.  If you do nothing, or if you can’t get a job, you get paid $0 an hour.

Jacking up the minimum wage inevitably leads to increased unemployment.

McDonald’s price hikes

Democrat policies are causing problems in every direction.

While California Democrats whacked McDonald’s on the labor side, Joe Biden crunched them on the demand side.

Biden’s reckless government spending led to the highest rate of inflation since 1982.

Since 2019, the price of a Big Mac has jumped 87.7%.

A Big Mac cost $3.99 in 2019, but now it costs $7.49.

Sadly, other menu item prices skyrocketed.

For example, McChicken’s price tag ballooned by an outrageous 201.6%.

Medium French Fries increased by 134.1%.

A statement from McDonald’s corporate tried to shift some of the blame for the price increases to individual franchise owners.

McDonald’s franchisees are given a lot of autonomy to set menu prices for their specific locations.

The statement read, “As such, our team collected additional historical data points related to McDonald’s and applied certain adjustments to the final data to create a reasonable representation of national pricing trends over time for the chain.”

According to the National Institute of Health, 35% of Americans eat fast food at least twice a week.

That means that Biden’s inflationary prices are stinging American consumers directly in the wallet.

Reports show that Americans are cutting back as a result.

Biden has attempted to blame corporate greed for the higher prices, but the American people are not buying it.

Polls show that they trust Donald Trump on the economy by 20 points.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.