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September 30 2010
Homeless outcry at removal of Haight-Ashbury McDonald‘s dollar menu

The San Francisco Chronicle has recorded an outcry from homeless people in one neighbourhood of their city, but it's not because of police harassment or the closure of a day centre: it's the removal of the dollar menu from the local McDonald's.

The fast food restaurant in the Haight-Ashbury area removed the cheapest items from its menu in August, so that whereas a burger could previously have been bought for 99c, it is now $1.49. A small hike in price, perhaps, but it makes a lot of difference to the city's homeless population, who do not have the same welfare support most of our readers are entitled to and who relied on this cheap food.

Responding to criticism that the move was being made as anti-homeless measure, to move rough sleepers of the local streets, Natalie Gonzales, the franchise owner, told the San Francisco Chronicle: "this was a business decision based on a number of contributing factors. And while these items are no longer available at $1, they are still available at what I believe to be a good, everyday value."

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