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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Sep 18

Australians Bring Their Fight Against McDonald's To The Company's Oak Brook Headquarters (VIDEO)

A group of Australians against a McDonald's restaurant scheduled to be built in their tiny Melbourne suburb took to the fast food giant's Oak Brook headquarters Wednesday in protest of the plan.

Five villagers from Tecoma, which has about 2,000 residents, delivered a petition to McDonald's home office with 97,000 plus signatures, essentially telling the company to "beef off" and drop its plan to construct a 24-hour restaurant in their town. Residents are up in arms about the planned McDonald's for a variety of reasons, but mainly because it is set to be built next door to a preschool and would be very close to the Dandenong Ranges, a protected national park.

"The McDonald's who so proudly purport on their website that they are community-minded, that they work with communities, they respect communities. The behavior we're experiencing is the absolute antithesis of that," said Tecoma resident Peta Freema. "They've shown us none of that."

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