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McDonalds
Melinda16
Posts:4
I used to shop McDonalds but have forgotten which company it is. Does any one know?
February 22, 2011 06:55AM
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Rekha Singhal
Posts:3
It is name deleted mystery shopping company. I use to do Mcdonald assignment last year and they still offer these assigments.





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February 22, 2011 08:57AM
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Cettie
Posts:4,968
I think it was in the Starwars movie when someone said "Let the Force be with you?" I think it was said by the character Luke Skywalker in that funky Market on his planet.

Any movie buffs know for sure?

Her Serene Majesty, Cettie - Goat Queen of Zoltar, Sublime Empress of Her Caprine Domain
February 22, 2011 09:25AM
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Flash
Posts:17,459
The Gapbusters website, when I visited it the other day on a different errand, indicates that their fast food shops have gone to another company. I suspect Rekha is not in the US market.
February 22, 2011 10:32AM
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deekennedy
Posts:89
Depends where you live. In my area it's MSC name deleted .






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February 22, 2011 07:29PM
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57carol
Posts:1,548
I am confused. I thought we were not supposed to reveal client and MSP in same post?
February 23, 2011 12:33AM
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Nichtoliver
Posts:161
You're not.
February 23, 2011 01:24AM
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Cettie
Posts:4,968
Which is why we may give hints that can be figured out but not put the names of the client and company together. It IS a violation of the confidentiality agreement.

Her Serene Majesty, Cettie - Goat Queen of Zoltar, Sublime Empress of Her Caprine Domain
February 23, 2011 08:28AM
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Nichtoliver
Posts:161
I think Carol's referencing deekennedy's post. I thought your Star Wars thing was clever.

Actually, giving hints is still a breach of confidentiality. I don't know how this myth started. Giving proprietary information away via riddle is just as prohibited as giving it away directly.

There's many things we do that's a breach of various ICAs. For example, discussing bonuses, shop fees, and reimbursements goes against MFI's ICA.
February 23, 2011 04:10PM
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Cettie
Posts:4,968
How do you know I wasn't talking about a movie? I'm apt to talk about darn near anything on this board.

Her Serene Majesty, Cettie - Goat Queen of Zoltar, Sublime Empress of Her Caprine Domain
February 24, 2011 07:59AM
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prettygul1
Posts:821
I know I get so tired of the MS police telling us about violations.


Cettie Wrote:
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> How do you know I wasn't talking about a movie?
> I'm apt to talk about darn near anything on this
> board.
February 24, 2011 10:32AM
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swvaboy
Posts:59
Cettie Wrote:
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> I think it was in the Starwars movie when someone
> said "Let the Force be with you?" I think it was
> said by the character Luke Skywalker in that funky
> Market on his planet.
>
> Any movie buffs know for sure?

I can not remember which portal Luke was trying to enter when he said that, but I think it was the Blue one and not the Purple one. Anyone?
February 24, 2011 11:22AM
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Cettie
Posts:4,968
Didn't he meet C3P0 through the purple one? I get the tall robot and the short one mixed up. Which one was R2D2?

Her Serene Majesty, Cettie - Goat Queen of Zoltar, Sublime Empress of Her Caprine Domain
February 24, 2011 04:49PM
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Nichtoliver
Posts:161
Don't get me wrong, I couldn't care less. If you're going to divulge information, though, at least just flat out say it. Giving "hints" isn't any less of a breach of confidentiality than flat out saying " X MSC has it".



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February 24, 2011 06:29PM
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swvaboy
Posts:59
Nichtoliver Wrote:
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> Don't get me wrong, I couldn't care less. If
> you're going to divulge information, though, at
> least just flat out say it. Giving "hints" isn't
> any less of a breach of confidentiality than flat
> out saying " X MSC has it".


Can't we at least have some fun?


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February 24, 2011 07:18PM
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Cettie
Posts:4,968
swvaboy Wrote:
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> Nichtoliver Wrote:
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> -----
> > Don't get me wrong, I couldn't care less. If
> > you're going to divulge information, though, at
> > least just flat out say it. Giving "hints"
> isn't
> > any less of a breach of confidentiality than
> flat
> > out saying "X MSC has it".
>
>
> Can't we at least have some fun?


Remember, he's a lawyer, so that explains a lot.


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Her Serene Majesty, Cettie - Goat Queen of Zoltar, Sublime Empress of Her Caprine Domain
February 24, 2011 09:30PM
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Irene_L.A.
Posts:7,868
My 2 cents...this should be on another thread...MSC companies...just kidding, I don't care. I hate McD, haven't eaten there in 20 years.

Instead of singing the blues, I decided to write them....

"Duke Ellington"
February 26, 2011 11:48AM
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Glabow
Posts:156
I'm still puzzled by this particular rule.
Who is it keeping the "secret" from? Probably thousands of shoppers know who shops McDonald's. And other MSP's surely know. So who doesn't know that must not know? What is the whole purpose of keeping who shops what a secret?

If there is a logical explanation, I'd like to hear it, just to set my little mind at rest. Wow! I have a big secret. I know who shops hotels...casinos...fast food joints...

Since just about anyone can sign up with the MSP's and then browse their job boards, what's the secret? I'd like a statistic on how many schedulers are signed up with how many companies...I bet it's a lot. I know if I made some part of a living doing scheduling I'd want to know who has what jobs.

Yeah, bring it on. Give me a good reason for this nonsense.
March 02, 2011 12:16PM
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prettygul1
Posts:821
The rationale is that if Company A shops McDonalds for $X and we're out broadcasting. Then company B could come in and talk to Mc Donalds and say hey, our company can do if for less. And then that is when you see the fees dwindle away from us, the shopper.


Glabow Wrote:
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> I'm still puzzled by this particular rule.
> Who is it keeping the "secret" from? Probably
> thousands of shoppers know who shops McDonald's.
> And other MSP's surely know. So who doesn't know
> that must not know? What is the whole purpose of
> keeping who shops what a secret?
>
> If there is a logical explanation, I'd like to
> hear it, just to set my little mind at rest. Wow!
> I have a big secret. I know who shops
> hotels...casinos...fast food joints...
>
> Since just about anyone can sign up with the MSP's
> and then browse their job boards, what's the
> secret? I'd like a statistic on how many
> schedulers are signed up with how many
> companies...I bet it's a lot. I know if I made
> some part of a living doing scheduling I'd want to
> know who has what jobs.
>
> Yeah, bring it on. Give me a good reason for this
> nonsense.
March 02, 2011 03:44PM
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Nichtoliver
Posts:161
^^

There's that, then the integrity issue. Sure, shoppers in "the loop" know who has what, but what about the people being shopped?

What if you're a McD employee who want's a bonus (they get $100 for 100%)? What's to stop you from googling around, finding out which company shops you, sign up for it, and have a friend shop you?

These forums get indexed by Google, so if an unscrupulous McD employee were to search around, they could figure up who to sign up with. Or, they could find these forums and just ask. Without this info being publicly available, it's a little more intimidating to the employee, seeing as they would have to register for hundreds of companies and do alot of work before finding it out.

But like I said, I personally don't care. I've given several people info via PM (mainly shoppers who are established around here). Giving "hints", though, is just silly.
March 03, 2011 12:12AM
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castingcookie
Posts:2
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April 07, 2011 06:38PM
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Melinda16 Wrote:
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> I used to shop McDonalds but have forgotten which
> company it is. Does any one know?

One of the companies that offered Mickey's does not do it anymore. The blue port hole took the shops. I value my tummy too much to assault it with a Mickey D.
April 07, 2011 11:31PM
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AustinMom
Posts:7,760
Probably not the right group to canvass if you are looking for "people who eat free." Shopping evaluators don't eat free, they work for their money. Any payment and/or reimbursement is payment for visiting a location, making observations, evaluating the food, service, and facility, and writing a report. In many cases, the report is lengthy and requires the use of good grammar and writing skills.

Also - although I'm not sure why a mystery shopper would want to appear in something that blows their cover - no payment is mentioned for appearing in this production. Would this be "people who work for free?"
April 08, 2011 08:32AM
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heartlandcanuck
Posts:483
I suppose it is no longer an ICA issue for me to mention MSC and Ronnie's in the same post. They gave me the boot a couple weeks ago with the standard "thanks for shopping now you can not reapply even if we get shops in your area" form letter. The ICA no longer applies because they terminated.





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April 08, 2011 12:02PM
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LateRain
Posts:191
Every time I take a McDonald's shop, I swear to myself I won't take another one. But sooner or later, I do them again.

If it didn't require the drive-thru and dine-in, I would do them all the time. I just think the scenario is preposterous.
June 01, 2011 03:38PM
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kathleenkrupa
Posts:2
Melinda16 Wrote:
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> I used to shop McDonalds but have forgotten which
> company it is. Does any one know?


The shop went to MSC A & MSC B , but they pay out a couple dollars less then MSC C.



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June 01, 2011 07:28PM
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kathleenkrupa
Posts:2
Has anyone had a problem with payment from ICCD?
June 01, 2011 07:33PM
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AustinMom
Posts:7,760
kathleenkrupa Wrote:
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> Has anyone had a problem with payment from ICCD?

Never in the 3 years I have shopped for them.
June 01, 2011 08:21PM
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iblessyah
Posts:832
I still shop McDonalds as does Ron. We make about $150 a month or more by taking some of the boonie shops. And just think of all that wonderful heart healthy (harumph) food we get to partake of! Starting to think I'm feeding my grandkids a heart attack on a paper plate.
June 01, 2011 11:18PM
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MDAVISNOWELL
Posts:3,517
Kathleen - Re your Q about payment at ICCDS - I had a problem with delayed payment on several shops. I made an inquiry and was told they didn't have the invoices, so I resubmitted them and was paid. In the process, I learned they have a place on their website where you can check your shops to see if they are showing the invoices received. This information may be of some help to you.
June 01, 2011 11:23PM
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