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  • 23 Jan 2013 at 12:54 PM

The McRib is Not the Answer

I don’t know what exactly it is a metric of—the economic crisis? healthier eating habits? better taste? the inexplicable success of that extremely annoying actress playing Wendy in the commercials? the cannibalization of its flagship product by the McRib?—but a McDonald’s milestone has been delayed.

According to leading economists and actuarial scientists (McDonald’s itself no longer calculates such things), Ray Kroc’s little hamburger stand was poised to sell its 300 billionth burger this year. But no more. Read more »

Despite giving “147 speeches to students and traders warning about insider trading since his arrest,” which Bauer’s lawyer argued should have scored him some leniency, the guy who ran a decades-long insider trading scam with an M&A attorney tipster and dumped evidence in a McDonald’s near his apartment where paranoia drove him to think a random guy buying a Big Mac was an undercover agent has been sentenced to nine years in prison. [Bloomberg]

Remember Garrett Bauer? For those who need a refresher, GB was a trader (who “mostly worked from home”) who was charged last year for running a decades-long insider trading scam with an M&A attorney, Matthew Kluger, that involved stealing information from several law firms. (In April 2011, 20 FBI agents knocked on Bauer’s door to arrest him which, while terrifying, didn’t come as much of a shock– the duo had recently become suspicious that the authorities were onto them and, naturally, went about destroying evidence, a process Bauer recounted to a cooperating witness in a conversation he didn’t realize was being recorded, telling the CC: “My heart was beating ten thousand miles an hour. I went right up to my apartment and I broke the phone in half and went to McDonald’s and put it in two different garabage cans. And someone was watching me. I thought it was an FBI agent. And I asked him, ‘Do you know me? You look familiar.’ And, like, I was so panicked. I literally didn’t sleep that entire night…I can’t sleep. I am waiting for the FBI to ride into my apartment. I am on edge all night thinking they are coming in.”)

Anyway, Bauer ultimately pleaded guilty and is set to be sentenced today. Though he could receive up to 11 years in the big house, a judge will be taking into consideration letters “expressing support or urging leniency” sent on Bauer’s behalf, some of which were written by fans he’s gained working the college lecture circuit the past few months, explaining to undergrads why they don’t want to follow in his footsteps (hint: it involves bunk-beds). Read more »

  • 01 Dec 2011 at 12:28 PM

A Modest Proposal

A reader/FEC enthusiast asks: “Today’s Living Social deal for five Big Macs and five large fries BEGS for a New Normal eating challenge. Someone has to have a hungry analyst, right?” Read more »

Earlier this morning, Garrett Bauer, a trader who mostly “worked from home” and Matthew Kluger, an M&A attorney, were accused of running a decades-long insider trading scam that involved stealing information from several law firms. Recently, the duo became suspicious that the authorities were on to them and, naturally, went about destroying evidence. Because the feds were indeed building a case against the guys and had obtained permission to record their phone calls, we’re privy to a conversation that took place on March 18, 2011, between Bauer and an individual only identified as CC-1. While Bauer doesn’t walk CC-1 through the actual steps of how he broke a disposable phone in half (as accused insider trader Donald Longueuil did, noting the use of pliers), he does make us feel like we were in the McDonald’s with him that night, particularly when he flipped out thinking some random guy buying a Big Mac was an undercover agent, and proceeded to ask the customer, “Do you know me?” Read more »

  • 24 Jan 2011 at 11:07 AM

Does It Feel Real Now?

McDonald’s Corp said it would selectively increase menu prices this year to help offset an expected rise in its own grocery bill for the 10 commodities that account for around 75 percent of its food preparation costs. Food prices are climbing around the globe and the world’s biggest restaurant chain said its costs are expected to rise this year 2 percent to 2.5 percent in the United States and 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent in Europe. Chief Financial Officer Pete Bensen said McDonald’s would “raise prices where it makes sense” to offset some, but not all, of the cost increases. [Reuters]

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