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Mcdonald's Thailand Imposes One-Hour Time Limit For Customers

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The answer is pretty simple.

Install a cut off switch to the wifi that triggers every 10 minutes and they will soon see results.

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who is going to enforce it ...the police that means mac wont get any money

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How about canceling wifi Internet service at McDonalds, that ain't a Starbucks or an internet cafe anyway.

Could turn off the A/C too. But seriously, many of the locations compete somewhat with Starbucks and have that Mc Cafe coffee shop or whatever it is called.

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They should simply put up signs that there is no loitering and/or that tables are for dining customers only. .

They will 'bottle it' and put the sign up in English only.

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According to most Thai's I know McDonalds has been used as a studying/tutor place for many years (before our beloved wifi) so I'm not sure if that will do the trick.

My bf said that when he was a teenager him & his friends used to buy one drink and their group of friends would rotate and keep a table all day long at whatever establishment usually in Siam as their meet-up hangout place. It has become Thai culture--well Bangkok culture at least to do this.

Side note:

I'm still not sure why so many of the replies are about how "unhealthy" McDonalds is, that isn't even the point of the article. Do people get off on mentioning how they don't eat at McDonalds? I really don't understand why people always have to mention how they don't go to McDonalds for whatever reason and they're the first to jump in any McDonalds thread.

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I can completely understand this. I've seen tutors, families, people just sitting around doing nothing. I've seen it in Starbucks too. I go to work and see a group of students with one cup of coffee or one small french fries, come out on break see the same group with one empty cup or one empty french fries bag.

Any other business would kick out non paying customers, McD's is no different and should be able to do the same. It is definitely an instance of Thai people taking a mile when given an inch.

I think they will handle it well, ever tried to stay in a buffet for longer than an hour (Oishi, Shabushi)........they're quick to get the next paying customer in, and not polite about it!

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I somehow can understand that measure. Running a shop comes with overhead, such as electricity for airconditioning and staff salaries. Last time I was at Mc there was a group of 5 students occupying 2 tables with satchels and tablet computers and sharing 1 Coke between them; or rather, one of them was drinking and the others were just "hanging out". When I had finished my own meal, they were still there, and the single Coke showed no sign of being nearly finished. McDonalds, like any other restaurant operation, depends on sales turnover.

Its not only McDonalds. Go into Paragon, Terminal 21, etc. any day and you will find tons of Thai students hanging out with their books open, hogging

tables all day long at numerous businesses. This could be just the opening salvo here. I'm sure a lot of business owners have been looking for a way

to get rid of these loiterers.

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Good thinking! However, these students occupy almost everywhere that has food & beverage, except libraries or school itself. I saw several highschool students came to study(!) in Central Ladprao Food court. It sucks, when people trying to find table to eat but instead you see bunch of books which studying will not finish in a normal lunch/dinner time.

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MacD Its nice to go in and have a coke and ice on a hot balmy day just to cool down for a few minutes / hours, and have a quick read of the Bangkok Post and catch up with the truthful accurate non bias view of Thailand’s news.

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There are 2 sides to this - they are throwing away money to keep the outlets open, but the income generated by the outlets is not enough - the only reasons I can think of being i.e. 1) they have people taking potential customer's seats, thus less customers 2) the actual sales are not good enough due to quality of food (it's worse then in other countries, IMO), bad marketing etc.

They should try to solve it from both ends - improve the quality of the restaurants AND controlling the customers flow. Just throwing people away will not improve the cashflow. After all, when McD tries EVERYTHING to make every person who comes in to buy something to eat (the more the better), in Thailand people just come in and buy a Coke. Eh?

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Off-topic posts about the quality of food etc. and replies have been deleted.

We don't feed the trolls here.

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Turn of the Wi-fi and the air-conditioning and also switch of the lights if its dark inside the students won’t be able to read or study without a torch so this might free up some seats for real hungry customers.

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