McDonald’s is eyeing the quirky streets of Glebe. But the locals are having none of it. They have formed a community to fight the chain posing as a pop-up café and offering bad food to customers and little wages to employees.
It’s a multinational company against the local community! This is the sort of fight where you want the community to win. Moreso if the setting is a trendy, quirky street marked by historic pubs, local café culture, book shops, Sunday markets and more. So when Glebe residents spotted trucks carrying McDonald’s signage and equipment, they were alarmed. They decided to join forces and fight after word got out that the fast food giant wanted to set shop in their bohemian surroundings.
Amanda Tattersall, a resident and a mother, formed a committee named “No McDonald’s working group” to fight the invasion, states Daily Mail. She explained to the publication that the chain wanted to open a store. But the opposition from the locals and the committee has made them state that they were a three-day pop-up.
She told The Sydney Morning Herald that one should not forget that they are a business after all. “You don’t open a store to make a loss and you don’t open a store to move away,” said Tattersall. “We would really encourage people to not use the store and provide metrics or money to a global company that is not welcome in Glebe,” she added.
So what is it about McDonald’s that repels the residents of Glebe? Many feel that it is really sneaky of the company to label their outlet as a pop-up café after facing opposition. They cite the example of the Camperdown café and worry that the Glebe café won’t really go away once it sets shop. They also fear that the chain will ruin their beautiful neighbourhood by turning it into a strip mall.
“We all know that most of your food have bad quality (no matter how much you pretend otherwise) – high in fat, high in sugar, made with poorly sourced ingredients. We know around the world that you pay your workers low wages too,” elaborated Tattersall. “Residents of Glebe and visitors to Glebe don’t want to encourage a business that is bad for our health, the environment and doesn’t respect the need for living wages,” she added.