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.
December 28, 1999 |
Burger King Corp. said yesterday it was recalling millions of plastic Pokemon balls enclosing toys given away with its children's meals after half of one ball reportedly suffocated a baby in California. The company said it was voluntarily recalling all 25 million spherical containers distributed in a U.S. promotion involving the popular Pokemon toys and trading cards, which are based on Japanese video-game and movie characters. The plastic or plush toys inside the balls are not being recalled.
November 13, 1999 |
They pouted, they glowered, they hollered. And the children were not too happy either. All over Pokemon toys. Hard-to-find Pokemon toys. Eager parents and speculators this week have made a run on Burger King, draining toy supplies and sapping patience at many of its 8,000 restaurants, where the $1.99 to $3.49 meals are supposed to include a Pokemon toy and cards as part of a $22 million promotion that will include 57 different toys over two months. In town after town, stories spread of frayed nerves and gall amid the french fries.
September 24, 1999 |
Rashan Brown started laughing upon learning he is listed at 5-9 and 165 pounds on John Bartram High's football roster. Try three inches shorter. Try 10 pounds lighter. "That's probably our coach's doing," Brown said, referring to Frank "Roscoe" Natale. "He always says to make yourself bigger. "It doesn't bother me for people to know the truth. How big you are and whether you can play is going to be found out on the field anyway. " Yesterday, Brown earned a spot among the headliners as the Maroon Wave downed visiting Martin Luther King, 21-6, in a non-league game.
August 31, 1999 |
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.
August 6, 1999 |
MEDIA I FCC changes the rules for TV station ownership Media companies will be able to own two television stations in the same market for the first time under rules adopted yesterday by the Federal Communications Commission. The change, long sought by the broadcasting industry, will be limited to the largest markets with at least eight separately owned TV stations and would prohibit any of the four top-rated stations in a market from combining. The plan also allows a company to own as many as seven radio stations in a market where it also owns one TV station, or six radio stations in a market where it owns two TV stations.
June 30, 1999 |
Free lunch Each week through Labor Day, "as a way of offering a brief respite in the middle of the week," Sansom Street Oyster House owner David Mink will give away a free lunch. So if you're dining at the 1516 Sansom St. eatery, fill out an entry form. Mink will select a name from that week's entries. Steaking out a new location Come mid-July, Morton's of Chicago will have new digs in Philly. The restaurant is moving from its 14-year address at One Logan Square to take its place on Restaurant Row (otherwise known as Walnut Street)
May 20, 1999 |
Co-workers could snack without fear of reprimand, but Christine Shaffer got a disciplinary write-up at the Burger King in Broomall for helping herself to a small piece of chicken, her lawyers said. At the time, she was so hungry she felt ill, they said. Her attorneys, Richard J. Silverberg and Rebecca J. Houlding, sued Burger King Corp. in federal court in Philadelphia late Tuesday, seeking more than $100,000 on her behalf. The suit alleges that Burger King violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by mistreating Shaffer.
May 14, 1999 |
The force of "universal laws" can either make or break any enterprise. That's the philosophy of Barry J. Gibbons, former chairman and CEO of Burger King, who is credited with the turnaround of the fast-food chain - without cutting heads. Gibbons' laws - trumpeted as simple truths for running any business profitably and sensibly - can be found in his new book, "If You Want to Make God Really Laugh, Show Him Your Business Plan: The 101 Universal Laws of Business. " Some examples: Universal Law No. 10. People are coin operated.
March 17, 1999 |
Leroy Wensel, owner of the Mobil gas station and mini-market on Lewis Road, figured he had the perfect spot for a Burger King - right next to the Linfield-Limerick exit of Route 422, a place swelling with commuter and shopper traffic. "I'm developing a small little complex," he said yesterday. "The populace is really growing around here. " Township officials were not as excited about Wensel's enterprising idea. Code-enforcement officer Marc John ruled that the Burger King would need a zoning variance because fast-food restaurants were not allowed within the office and limited-industrial district under which the plan was submitted.