Another McDonald's advertisement is stirring up controversy, though this one is limited to New York City. A rider noticed the following advertisement while riding to work one day. The quality of the image is poor and the corner appears to obstruct some of the ad, but the message is still clear.
The implication appears to be that no one would want to travel to Rockaway. Or that's certainly how some local residents read it. “I can assure the marketing boys over at McDonald’s that most people don’t wind up in the Rockaways by accident,” City Councilman James Sanders said in a statement. “They come for the beauty, serenity and entertainment that our peninsula offers, especially in the hot summer months when our beaches are overrun with visitors from Manhattan who flock to our shores.”
A McDonald's representative said the offensive ad was being pulled from the train immediately and apologized to anyone who was offended by it. Sanders said Ronald McDonald (the mascot of McDonalds) was no longer welcome in Rockaway.
Is the councilman overreacting or is his anger justified?