Oceanside McDonald's uncovers electrical outlets

“We realized people need to do work occasionally.”

The new outlets are the closest seats to the ordering counter. “We rearranged them there so we can keep a better eye on them.”
  • The new outlets are the closest seats to the ordering counter. “We rearranged them there so we can keep a better eye on them.”

The Oceanside McDonald’s at 3794 Plaza Drive just went through a 76-day complete remodel. The old play structure was completely removed; a new interior, signage, and outside façade were added, along with redesigned drive-thru lanes.

The old play structure was completely removed.

The old play structure was completely removed.

But something else was noticed upon a recent visit. McDonald’s has brought back A/C power outlets.

Many local McDonald’s restaurants had a problem. Homeless people would sit in the restaurants for a long period of time, charging their cell phones. They wouldn’t buy much. Customers complained. So a few years ago, the restaurants started covering up the outlets with aluminum plates covers.

“We realized people need to do work occasionally,” said Trisha Petraglia, special events coordinator for the Plaza Dr. franchise.

“We realized our operations manager needs to do his work here too and needed power,” added Petraglia. She says the two outlets were added under now corporate policy.

I noticed two outlets have also been added to another recently remodeled McDonald’s at 427 College Boulevard. The new outlets are the closest seats to the ordering counter. “We rearranged them there so we can keep a better eye on them,” said a McDonald’s manager.

Schultz Management, the Plaza Drive franchisee, has something else new at its four area McDonald’s – two in Encinitas, one on Avenida Encinas in Carlsbad, and the Plaza Dr. location; customers can now have their Big Macs delivered at home, by using UberEATS.

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Electrical outlets were also covered over, in front of the Smart & Final store in North Park.

In all the McDonald's I've seen, electric outlets are either hidden or inaccessible. Three that I've visited recently have them deep under permanent seats, such that one must crawl on hands & knees to reach them. Another has them on the ceiling- if you are tall you can stand on a table to reach them. This is not an accident- they advertise free internet wifi, but you may need a fully charged battery to use it. They want you in and out ASAP to make room for the next customers.

Watch the old movies, where customers would relax over a cup of coffee and a donut, chat with the waitress, smoke a cigarette and get a free coffee refill... No more. It's in and out and on to some other chore. No time to rest. Ever. Ever. No time to rest.

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