Celebrating Our Differences

Source: The Dispatch
by Kevin D Williamson

“A fun story I covered many years ago was the opening of the first McDonald’s in New Delhi. … Opening a McDonald’s in India — where getting permission to serve beef commercially is a bit like getting permission to serve human flesh marinated in methamphetamine in the United States — presented some challenges, but McDonald’s is a very innovative and dynamic company. In New Delhi, that meant reformulating the burgers to use lamb rather than beef, maintaining two completely separate kitchens to accommodate the various demands of both Hindu and Muslim dietary requirements, etc. The result was a McDonald’s in which the food was — in spite of the differences in ingredients and preparation — indistinguishable from what you’d get in Columbus, Ohio. I can appreciate the consistency and admire the work that goes into maintaining it — but I don’t want the whole world to be Columbus, Ohio.” (03/08/23)