Yesterday we wrote about the news that McDonald’s, who are one of the main sponsors of the London 2012 Olympic Games, had exclusive rights to sell chips inside the grounds of the games. Because of McDonald’s sponsorship agreement with London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) other food vendors inside the ground would only be allowed to serve chips with fish, but not with any other meal or just as a side.
However, it seems that Olympic employees working on the opening and closing ceremonies will be allowed to consume the popular potato side dish!!
In what the Guardian called the “great London 2012 Olympic chip embargo” LOCOG finally cracked after receiving a multitude of complaints from staff craving chips! They claim to have discussed the issue with McDonald’s and come to some sort of agreement.
Ah, well isn’t that really amicable behavior from the fast food chain, allowing Olympic workers to have a choice where to get their chips from…The mind simply boggles!
So now, those working on the opening and closing ceremonies will be free to eat chips from vendors other than McDonald’s, however the embargo is still very much in place for the rest of the games and for spectators.
Vendors that are worried about the angry backlash that they will face from punters when they are told they cannot have the savory potato side have already put posters up explaining the preposterous rules. One such poster stated: “Please understand this is not the decision of the staff who are serving up your meals who, given the choice, would gladly give it to you, however they are not allowed to.” Simply ridiculous!
Chip-hungry Olympic workers celebrate freedom from McDonald’s monopoly (Via Guardian)