Russia’s Rebranded McDonald’s Restaurants (Vkusno i tochka) Scribble Out Golden Arches On Sauce Packets

Russia’s McDonald’s restaurants reopened Sunday with a new name, logo, and menu, but the same sauce packets.

Staff at the rebranded fast-food chain scribbled out the McDonald’s logo on sauce packets with black pen, Reuters reported, with an image from the Agence France-Presse seemingly confirming this.

Vkusno & tochka, which Reuters translated as “tasty and that’s it,” opened 15 stores in and around Moscow on Sunday, including what was formerly McDonald’s flagship Russian restaurant in the city’s Pushkin Square.

Alexander Govor, a Russian businessperson, bought Russia’s McDonald’s restaurants after the burger giant said that continued ownership was “no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald’s values” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The hurried rebranding shows how Govor has tried to strike a balance between operating restaurants that will satisfy customers as a substitute for McDonald’s and not violating the company’s trademarks.

“We don’t have the right to use some colors, we don’t have the right to use the golden arches, we don’t have the right to use any mention of McDonald’s,” Govor told Reuters.

The huge lines of people waiting to get burgers in the days before Russian McDonald’s restaurants closed and the hefty price tags for its products on classified-ads sites showed the scale of its bulging Russian market. By clinging on to aspects of McDonald’s menu, branding, and store design, whenever possible, Vkusno & tochka can try win over loyal customers.

The famous golden arches have been scrapped, and Vkusno & tochka has a new logo made up of just one dot and two lines — or a burger and two fries — which appear in the shape of a large “M.”

Oleg Paroev, who was named as the CEO of McDonald’s Russia in February, and who has continued his role as CEO of Vkusno & tochka, said the restaurant interiors would remain the same but all traces of the McDonald’s name would be removed, Reuters reported.

Reuters reported that the chain largely used plain white packaging for fries and burgers, plain white drink cups, and plain brown paper takeaway bags. This is also evident in some of the photos of products on Vkusno & tochka’s website.

Though some dishes look familiar, Vkusno & tochka has no plans to sell Big Macs and McFlurrys.

“These names, these brands, their appearance and production technology” are too directly related to McDonald’s, Paroev said, according to The Journal.

Source: Business Insider

EU Deal Will Force iPhones To Use USB-C Charger By 2024

Products from Apple and other smartphone manufacturers will have to use the same charger under a landmark deal provisionally approved by European lawmakers on Tuesday, bringing years of debate to a close and overriding the tech giant’s complaints that such regulation would hamper innovation and harm consumers. 

By Fall 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the European Union must be equipped with the same USB-C charging port for wired charging, according to a provisional agreement announced by European lawmakers

The requirement—a world first—will apply to a string of devices including smartphones, headphones, e-readers, handheld gaming consoles, portable speakers and tablets “regardless of their manufacturer” and will also ensure charging speed is “harmonized” for devices that support fast charging.

Laptop makers must also comply, though they will have an additional 40 months after the new rules come into force to make the change. 

Thierry Breton, the EU’s Commissioner for the Internal Market, celebrated the new rules as a win for consumers and an important step towards reducing e-waste, according to Bloomberg.

Given the number of electronic devices used every day, having “a common charger” is also “common sense,” Breton added. 

The legislation, which has been negotiated within EU institutions for years, still needs formal approval from the European Parliament and European Council, which it is expected to secure later this year. 

Key Background: The European Union has long sought to standardize electronic charging but for a decade has struggled to overcome the political barriers and opposition needed to do so. Such rules would slash e-waste, save money and be far better for consumers, who the bloc says are “frustrated” with “incompatible chargers piling up.” U.S. tech giant Apple, which has invested in its own “Lightning” connector and resisted moving to the technologies used by other smartphone makers, has been a particularly fierce opponent, arguing that standardization would harm consumers and stifle innovation. 

What To Watch For: Wireless charging. The rules on standardized charger ports only apply to devices using wired charging, the EU said, meaning those only charging wirelessly will not have to include a USB-C port. However, the legislation will also allow the European Commission to develop standards for wireless charging in the future as it becomes more prevalent, according to the press release.

Big Number: $312 million (250 million euros). That’s how much money is wasted every year on unnecessary charger purchases in the EU, according to the European Council. There is also around 11,000 tonnes of waste produced every year from unused or thrown away chargers and cables, the bloc said.

Source: Forbes

Iman Shumpert Breaks Down His Financial Moves So He Didn’t Need Money When He Left NBA, How He Lives Off Interest

In this clip, Iman Shumpert talked about the Britney Griner situation and how it is ultimately a result of the WNBA’s low pay that Griner was in Russia in the first place. He also discussed whether he considered playing overseas after he hadn’t landed with an NBA franchise. He and Vlad discussed developing financial literacy through their respective journeys. Iman detailed having an accountant and a financial adviser, both whom hated one another but he said that kept both of them honest and secured his money. He also recounted never wanting to look at his bank account to avoid the shock of how much money he actually had accessible.

In this clip, Iman Shumpert discussed some of the methods and habits he’s formed (or not) around spending money. He said he never had an issue with spending and managed to save a lot of money over the course of his playing career as a result. At one point, Iman said he couldn’t fathom how athletes could go broke with all the financial incentives they’re contractually afforded.

Dior Sauvage Cologne, Fronted By Johnny Depp, Shot Up In Demand During Defamation Trial

The demand for Johnny Depp’s Sauvage fragrance has skyrocketed during his trial with Amber Heard, it has been found.

The world has watched on as the former couple took to the stand to discuss their relationship, with the case being held at Fairfax County Courthouse and streamed live on YouTube.

As the jury continue their deliberations, it has been revealed that search for the Dior’s Sauvage – which the Pirates of the Caribbean actor is currently the face of – has soared during the proceedings.

New research found that demand has exploded by almost 50% in just a month, while the trial has been taking place.

According to the findings, carried out by Hey Discount, Google searches increased for the fragrance by a whopping 48%, from 823,000 searches in March to 1.2million in April – when the proceedings began.

They revealed that TikTok views for Sauvage also leapt up by 63% in that same time frame, with the platform becoming overwhelmed by videos regarding the trial.

It was recently named the second most popular fragrance in the world, pipped to the post by Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Baccarat Rouge 540.

Depp is currently suing his ex-wife for defamation and seeking $50million in damages, over her op-ed in the Washington Post.

In the 2018 article, she described her experience with domestic abuse but did not name him in the piece – despite this, his team argued that it implied he was physically abusive during the course of their relationship, something he has fiercely denied.

The Edward Scissorhands actor has taken to the stand in the proceedings, insisting that he has ‘never struck a woman’ in his life.

He also claimed that Heard attacked him on their honeymoon, in 2015, and branded her abuse allegations against him as ‘heinous’.

The Aquaman actress has launched a countersuit against her ex, for $100million, saying that he libeled her by calling her a liar.

She broke down in tears during her testimony, telling the court that she feared for her life and that he penetrated her with a glass bottle during a row.

‘I am harassed, humiliated, threatened, every single day. Even just walking into this courtroom,’ she said of the impact of the trial. ‘Sitting here in front of the world, having the worst parts of my life, things that I have lived through, used to humiliate me.

‘I receive hundreds of death threats regularly, if not daily. Thousands since this trial started.’

‘This is horrible. This is painful. And this is humiliating for any human being to go through.

‘Perhaps it’s easy to forget that I am a human being,’ she added. ‘It has been agonizing, painful, and the most humiliating thing I have ever had to go through.

‘I just want Johnny to leave me alone. I just want him to leave me alone. I’ve said that for years now.’

Source: Metro

Bill Burr On The NBA Being Rigged And Becoming The First Comedian Ever To Perform At Fenway Park

Bill talks about watching the Celtics Game 7 against the Miami Heat, thinking the NBA is lowkey rigged and the refs having too much power, whether or not he has trouble being happy, performing at Fenway Park, throwing out the first pitch at a Red Sox game, being a “Jeopardy” clue, getting his pilot’s license, directing a feature film called Old Dads, and his Slight Return stand-up tour.

Video Of TikToker Joel Hansen (Modelvsfood) Gagging In Asian Grocery Store, Saying It Has A ‘Pet Store’ Draws Backlash

A Canadian social media influencer faced fierce backlash over a racist video in which he joked that an Asian market has a “pet store” in the back.

The influencer ultimately apologized for his ignorance—but viewers aren’t buying it.

“Under his apology video, there are people saying ‘we’ forgive u. Bro, who’s we?!” one TikTok user commented.

Joel Hansen, known as @modelvsfood across TikTokInstagram, and Facebook, set himself up for failure in May—Asian American-Pacific Islander Heritage Month—when he mocked the Asian store and its items in the TikTok video. The 3-minute video, which has been deleted, was captured by TikToker Michael or @chachamyeonmikal.

In the clip, which has a text banner reading “This food should be illegal,” Hansen can be seen standing outside the Asian supermarket T&T.

“If you have never been in an Asian grocery store, you’re about to be shocked!” he says.

The video then shows Hansen inside the store, where he smells durian—a fruit popular in Southeast Asia—and makes a disgusted face. Next, he questions a plucked chicken and why it was being sold with its feet still intact.

“They even have a pet store back here where you can grab whatever animals you want!” Hansen exclaims while holding a crab with tongs at the seafood counter.

At this point, Michael interrupts the video repost to make a statement about Hansen’s racist comments.

“I had to stop right at that comment about there being a pet store at the back of an Asian grocery store,” Michael says. “Like, you have to know how bad that sounds and how bad that looks.”

Then, Michael transitions back to Hansen’s TikTok footage, which includes visible hashtags like “food challenge,” “eww,” “gross,” “gross food,” “gross food challenge,” and “California food.”

“I know he leads a flavourless life,” someone commented under Michael’s repost of the video.

“Bro shocked by fresh seafood lmao,” another viewer posted.

In another video reposted by Michael, Hansen is still at the grocery store making jokes about the customers.

“We have customers in training,” Hansen says as an Asian child walks by with a kiddie cart.

“Omg,” a TikTok viewer commented under the video. “I used to watch him all the time on YouTube, but I literally stopped because any time he eats somewhere that has non American food—”

“The way he treats Asian people as props in his video to poke and make fun at,” another user said.

After the relentless criticism, Hansen issued a 6-minute apology on TikTok on May 20, titled “Sorry” with a frowning emoticon. The video is captioned, “No excuses. I am sorry. I cannot change the past, but I can change the future. I will do better. Thank you.”

“I’ll start by saying I truly regret what was released, how it was released, and I really do take responsibility, and I really apologize,” Hansen says. “The video has been removed, and I’m here again to verbalize and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. The video was absolutely clickbait-y, marketed, edited, and created for shock value. With my layers of privilege, I did not identify really with how this video was.”

Hansen implies that he was unaware of how the video was being edited and marketed, but that he still takes responsibility for its production. Then, Hansen tries to downplay his reactions to the supermarket.

“I never spoke the words ‘weird,’ ‘gross.’ I just kind of wanted to show items that you normally can’t acquire in a North American grocery store,” he says in the apology video. (For the record: T&T is the largest Asian grocery store chain in Canada with nearly 30 locations.)

Source: The Daily Beast