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McDonalds: From the Golden Arches to the Golden Years

Lara Rabinovitch

So McDonald's is now a cool place to hang for the above 70 years-old crowd. Apparently so cool that a McDonald's store in Queens, NY, just ignited a major controversy when managers called in police to remove a crowd of regular old timers allegedly loitering and taking up valuable real estate during meal times. In this article doctoral student Stacey Torres explains why spots like McDonald's are so popular among senior citizens.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Fantastic point: "For retirees on fixed incomes who may have difficulty walking more than a few blocks, McDonald’s restaurants remain among the most democratic, freely accessible spaces. Much of the appeal lies in the fact that, as an elderly patron said to me, “you can sit all day and nobody bothers you.” At the branch I observed, the tolerance for older New Yorkers also extended to the homeless, people who appeared mentally unstable and teenagers who congregated after school — even when they occasionally flung ice cubes at one another."