June 13, 2001 |
Burger King Corp. is temporarily closing playgrounds at 650 of its U.S. restaurants to replace netting that surrounds the play areas after the death of a 4-year-old boy who became entangled in the equipment. The child crawled on a net at a Burger King in St. Louis and was trapped in an off-limits area of the play structure, the company said. The boy died April 29 after the accident. Burger King will install "no-climb" nets on the sides of the play structures accessible to children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said yesterday.
March 13, 2001 |
Burger King Corp. and Alcone Marketing Group are recalling 400,000 "Rattling, Paddling Riverboat" Kids Meal toys distributed nationwide in January and February, Burger King said yesterday. The red plastic boats, 2 to 3 inches in diameter, contain a metal pin with a plastic cap that attaches the paddle wheel to the boat, the No. 2 hamburger chain said in a statement. The pin may come out and pose a choking hazard to small children. Alcone Marketing Group, based in Irvine, Calif.
February 22, 2001 |
Police said yesterday that they plan to charge a 15-year-old male freshman with making two bomb threats at Pottsgrove High last week, forcing the school's evacuation. The boy is also considered a suspect in a bomb threat that prompted the Pottsgrove superintendent to close five district schools on Tuesday, Police Chief Ray Bechtel of Lower Pottsgrove Township said. The suspect, identified to authorities by a schoolmate, was released to his parents last night, Bechtel said.
December 11, 2000 |
Commerce Bank is moving forward with plans to put a branch office, a Burger King restaurant, and two stores on a five-acre plot on Route 130. The property borders the old Willingboro Plaza, which the township and ReNEWal Realty are turning into a Town Center anchored by a Merck-Medco automated mail-service pharmacy and a $6 million township library. Plans submitted to the township by Site Development Inc. of Mount Laurel propose replacing an existing building with a Commerce branch, a Burger King, an AutoZone, and an unidentified store.
December 4, 2000 |
Township police detectives are on the prowl for an armed bandit who has been preying on suburban Burger King restaurants since mid-October. At least one man robbed the Burger King in the 1700 block of Street Road twice, once on Oct. 22 and again on Nov. 21, Detective Karl Mascia said last week. Both robberies occurred in the early morning, just after the business opened. In both instances, Mascia explained, the thief herded employees into the office, asked the manager to open the safe, and then left through the back door with the night deposit.
December 1, 2000 |
A pair of armed robbers has hit nearly a dozen gas stations in suburban communities in the last month, threatening to shoot attendants and getting away with hundreds of dollars each time, police said. Police are also searching for suspects in a separate string of related robberies at suburban Burger King restaurants. Gas stations in Norwood and Upper Chichester were struck Wednesday night by the robbers, who had silver revolvers. At 8:15 p.m., police said, one gunman approached the lone clerk behind the counter at the Twin Oaks Mobil Station in Upper Chichester while another guarded the front door.
September 21, 2000 |
QUOTE "No, I haven't, because if I have to fly, I . . . fly first class. " - Ubiquitous Priceline.com spokeman William Shatner, asked by "48 Hours" if he's ever used the service Wyclef Jean has an answer to the candidates' nagging question, "Are you better off today then you were eight years ago?" Pleather to leather, baby. That's how the singer describes the results of his success of the last few years: From slinging burgers to singing with the Fugees to working as a solo artist, it's paid off in a material way. "I went from brass to gold to silver to pleather to leather," the singer brags on Friday's "Queen Latifah Show.
August 31, 2000 |
The Middle East's latest Arab-Jewish flap - the Burger King war - has the fast-food company in a pickle. Jewish organizations are planning demonstrations in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and in cities as far away as New York and Amsterdam, to protest Burger King's decision last week to close one of its restaurants in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank. "Burger King is behaving like a chicken, not a king," is how Benny Kashriel, the mayor of Maale Adumim and a Jewish settlement leader, put it yesterday.
December 29, 1999 |
Emilie Colavecci set her half-eaten burger on the Formica tabletop and said she had no intention of returning her grandson Joey's "Pokeballs" - despite the Pokemon toy's apparent role in the suffocation of a 13-month-old child in California. "He's 3 1/2. I wouldn't give them back. He old enough to play with them," she said of her grandson, who owns four of the 25 million small, toy-bearing balls that have been handed out in the most financially successful promotion in fast-food history.