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05 Feb 04:  Ronald McDonalds Dilemma
05-FEB-2004 © Bill Burke

05 Feb 04: Ronald McDonald's Dilemma

Fairbanks, Alaska

Ronald McDonald’s Dilemma: Here you see Ronald McDonald hanging from a tree. He was hung high by the person who owns and lives in the house right behind McDonalds. He was protesting the restaurant, their use of floodlights for the drive thru and the rest of the property, excessive noise, and the constant smell of fast food being cooked creeping into his house. He has said that he cannot sell his house due to the terrible location of it. When he first bought his house, the road on which it faces did not have many businesses on it. Then in the 1980s a boom in the area led to the city council changing some of the zoning rights and restrictions on building. The public was not informed of the hearings and as a result of the changes McDonalds was built. The restaurant has changed owners about 2 years ago and was aware of these feelings by the land owners in the area and has worked hard to try and accommodate some of the issues that were a problem. They have asked the person who owns the house behind them to please take down the effigy of McDonald (people were complaining because they didn’t want to have their young children exposed to it) but he has decided that he wouldn't until the restaurant either moved or closed down which will probably never happen. The local paper did a story about this issue about 2 years ago. Such a bad, no win situation for all the property owners in that area.

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Guest 04-Jan-2015 15:10
I've been to this McDonalds, I believe it is actually in North Pole Alaska just outside of Fairbanks. I lived in Moose Creek next to Eielson Air Force Base.
Guest 15-Feb-2004 12:18
Good for him for sticking to his morals! I think the children should be able to see it, so that they may someday realise what it means, and what chains like Mcdonalds are like - ie ruthless!
I like the shot, Bill. Well done!
John Buffin08-Feb-2004 04:55
If it were a Hooters or a strip club, then maybe something like this wouldn't bother me.
I just took my kids to a McDonalds today.
I feel for the guy, but he is wrong.
Great documentary though!
Ron Lutz II06-Feb-2004 18:45
Damn that is too funny and sad at the same time. I hate how these types of establishments are everywhere making our nation, indeed the world, so uniform in appearance and ugly. Anywhere-USA, soon everywhere you go it will all be the same old crap. I hope he doesn’t get sued….
Scott Hopkins06-Feb-2004 18:24
that is a great story..and a makes this picture very good.
Guest 06-Feb-2004 06:01
But I do sympathize with the homeowner! Sometimes the gentrification of America can be so disgusting! Nice documentary photo!
Guest 06-Feb-2004 05:15
Thanks for the story. The doll is not good for children...they may try to "play" and hang themselves on the tree! :-(
dazedgonebye06-Feb-2004 04:00
Simply amazing. Even as far out as you seem to be, the same problems creep in.
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