No fry zone: McDonald's and the Olympics

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  • McDonald's has exclusive rights to sell french fries during Olympics
  • Other vendors can only sell fries if they come with fish
No fry zone: McDonald's and the Olympics

If you want fries at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, your only option will be at the "golden arches." 

When McDonald's signed an exclusive sponsorship deal with the International Olympic Committee, part of the agreement was that none of the 800 food retailers near Olympic sites would be allowed to sell french fries during the Games.

However, there is a catch! Non-McDonald's vendors can sell fries, as long as they are included with fish. 

News of the fast food giant's exclusive deal spread quickly, like that special sauce on the Big Mac. 

Tom Chivers of The Daily Telegraph writes: "Apparently, McDonald's are so terrified of off-brand chips that they will only let you buy them as part of a British Heritage Ye Olde Fishe and Chippes package. Heaven forfend you should try to ask for just the chips. I dare say they'll get one of the Eastern European hammer-throwers to hurl you bodily from the venue."

Deanna Thomas tweeted: So no local beer & mcDonald's fries to be served at the Olympics despite London's culinary diversity. I hear Europe laughing at us from here.

World-renowned chef Eric Ripert tweeted: BIGGEST McDonalds @ OLYMPICS = biggest OXYMORON. & theyre banning every1 else selling fries?! Its the end of the world.

So what you do think? Are people getting "salty" over nothing or is this American capitalism at work? 

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