My co-workers are constantly amazed and appalled about my obsession with McDonald’s trivia. Most common comment once I get started: “How are you not writing the Wikipedia article about this?”
One of the weird talents is the knowledge of every McDonald’s in San Francisco (I’ve been FourSquare mayor of most of them). There aren’t that many.
Because of this, one of the strangest pairs are the two McDonald’s on Market Street which are less than a half block from each other. You can actually see the one from the other.
I thought about this while I stopped by one as I picked up breakfast at one and walked passed the other on my way to work. Are people so lazy that they need to put two McDonald’s right next to each other? In fact, there are four McDonald’s within a few blocks of each other here, but there are none north of Golden Gate Park where I live. Is McDonald’s too high brow for the Avenues that it can only be services by a Jack In The Box and Taco Bell?
Then it occurs to me that the clientele is notably different between the two. It’s mostly because one has nearly no seating and therefore doesn’t smell like a bathroom got backed up, which is doubly odd because the smelly one doesn’t actually have a bathroom.
I’m thinking of calling one the “[high class Market McDonalds]” and the other “[low class Market McDonalds].” (I’m adding the term “Market” because the one on Front Street is actually nicer than both.)
My faith in the world of business was restored.
If you’re ever in the Financial District stop by all four sometime and you’ll know what I mean.