Rumor of McDonald’s Sends Some Atenas Expats Into Frenzy


A pretty innocent status update on Facebook has blown into a brouhaha regarding McDonald’s coming to Atenas.

Bad news/good news, depending on your POV…plans are afoot for a McDonald’s across the street from the Correo….

The gringo expats are trying to mobilize to “protect” the Ticos from falling prey to big, bad, McDonald’s,

Here are some of the off-the-wall comments…

  • try and find out if McDonald’s has to get a permit from the city of Atenas and how we can block the permit. Maybe you can get some advice from your lawyer here. we need accurate info first. Iwasafraid when Pops chain ice cream shop was opening here, other chain restaurants would follow suit , and possibly putting mom and pop stores out of business .
  • I loathe McD’s, but I have mixed feelings around taking a paternalistic stand to protect Ticos from themselves. I’d like to see the Ticos protest McD’s. Lots of communities in the States have successfully blocked McD’s from coming to town.
  • Concerning McDonalds, the wheels are in motion so a boycott may be best. The franchise may be tico owned employing ticos which hopefully will keep some out of trouble, like burglary. Ticos love McDonalds as seen at other McDonalds.
  •  Noooooooooooooooo!
  • My concern is that the economy is fragile here. MANY businesses come and go quickly because the local economy cannot support them. There is only so much pie to go around. Also, obesity is low NOW, but what about later? It is not just Costa Ricans who do not consider these things, it is small town America as well.

People are funny. There are U.S. brands all over Costa Rica – aside from the food brand names that are readily available in almost any grocery store (think Coke, etc.) there are many stores that have U.S. ownership… Pali is owned by Wal-mart and any town that has a grocery, usually has a Pali.

In 2011, 171 foreign franchises were operating in Costa Rica and increasing every year.

Here is an interesting take from a Tico on McDonald’s coming to Atenas.

At home, we eat casados, [Costa Rica’s traditional dish, with] rice, beans, meat and plantains. When we leave the house we want to try something different.

How many of the gringos who are having a conniption fit over McDonald’s would deprive the Ticos of putting a little poison into their diet by eating at McDonald’s? Apparently a lot.

This sums up my feeling about the whole brouhaha (regarding another recent rumor.)

Ha Ha, this has got be the funniest thing I’ve heard since Disney was going to open jurassic park in Orotina.

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Rumor of McDonald’s Sends Some Atenas Expats Into Frenzy — 4 Comments

  1. Too funny. I love how N Americans, specifically from the States, think they have to protect the hosts of the country in which they are guests. Pure arrogance, cloaked as concern.

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