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McDonald's closes shop in Crimea

Friday, April 04, 2014 - 01:29

April 4 - Fast good giant McDonald's closes three restaurants in Crimea citing ''manufacturing reasons,'' offers employees work at locations in Ukraine. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Residents of Sevastopol trying to get their fix of Big Macs and Quarter Pounders on Friday, were met with this... Closed doors at McDonald's three restaurants in Crimea. The fast food chain says it's suspending its work here, citing "manufacturing reasons". It's the second international company to cease operations in Crimea since Russia annexed this peninsula. Many residents here seem just fine with the decision. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SEVASTOPOL RESIDENT, ANDREI MERKULOV, SAYING: "Thank God it's closed down', and I hope it will not reopen." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SEVASTOPOL RESIDENT, ANTON SVISTOV, SAYING: "McDonald's is being closed down. I think all sensible people are happy about it." Crimea's hasty unification with Russia last month has companies with assets in this region worried. It's unclear how the change will impact businesses here. But in Moscow's Pushkin Square, McDonald's customers say the closure is just wrong. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MUSCOVITE MARINA, SAYING: "I think it is stupid, why is it necessary to close down McDonald's? If they are working in Russia, let them in Crimea as well." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) STUDENT FROM MOSCOW, ALLA, SAYING: "It is a very good deal for students. It's tasty, it's nutritious, and it's good. We are against it." McDonald's says it hopes to re-open its three restaurants but has offered to relocate its employees to branches in Ukraine. A signal that the fast food chain that has served billions across the globe won't be frying beef patties in Crimea again anytime soon.

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McDonald's closes shop in Crimea

Friday, April 04, 2014 - 01:29