Only four years after opening their first shop abroad, McDonald’s opened a branch in Australia. Given that the people in the land down under also follow a pretty similar Westernized diet, McDonald’s was able to spread like wildfire. The first McDonald’s in Aussie land opened in Sydney and was quickly followed by several other Sydney openings like this one in 1991.
In this picture, the councilman of the time, John Fowler, can be seen outside an “opening soon” McDonald’s. Just five years prior to this opening, McDonald’s opened their 9,000th store in 1986 in Sydney too. Today there are more than 970 McDonald’s restaurants in Australia.
Work for McDonald's
As depicted in this article, McDonald's has employed all sorts of people from all sorts of life stages throughout their history. It may not be the most glamorous job today, but it has always been a flexible position that would've been perfect for this student in the '80s. Presumably, he had a not-so-regular schedule of juggling school, computers, and his position at McDonald's.
Probably tough to find work back in those days that would suit such an irregular schedule. Working at any fast food chain has ups and downs, but working at McDonald's has a few perks. Besides flexibility and free food, you can expect training and to acquire organizational skills that will help you in any industry.
McDonald's Soothing Sports Stars
It seems that a lot of sports stars had a thing for McDonald's. It wasn't only professional basketball players and cyclists, but apparently professional boxers too. Jeff Fenech was photographed in 1988 sipping on a McDonald's drink. Allegedly he had to face the tribunal as he misbehaved outside of the ring.
We all know how professional boxers like to behave around the time of their fights: high on adrenaline and probably testosterone too. We bet you didn't know that they would turn to a McDonald's drink to soothe them after their match, though. We didn't know either, but how adorable?
Serving All Sports Stars
Among all the fancy sports stars that McDonald's has served in the past, they have also served famous German soccer stars. Pictured here is Dieter Hoeneß in 1987, a soccer star with a massive burger on his lap, waving to his fans after a match.
Not sure if this was a paid partnership, given this sport's player's fame in Germany, or if he really just wanted a burger after his match. At this stage, Dieter Hoeneß was playing for the famed F.C. Bayern Munich club and did so with a great victory. He scored 102 goals in 224 matches for them in the German Bundesliga. Go, team, go!
McDonald's Food Factory
Behind every McDonald's serving food to the masses, there's got to be a place where the food comes from before it reaches the restaurant, right? Any given McDonald's restaurant is not gonna cut the potatoes for fries, make the buns from scratch, or the beef patties for that matter.
Usually, fast-food chains just prepare meals from premade frozen food items, so naturally, McDonald's is gonna have factories where these frozen items are pre-prepared. We wouldn't want to bore you too much with the details of how these foods get made and what exactly goes into them, but here's a pic from a McDonald's employee handling heaps of un-baked dough at a McDonald's factory.