Burger King Tells Customers to Order from McDonald’s and Other Fast-Food Rivals

Category: Lifestyle/Entertainment


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. archrival / ˈɑrtʃˈraɪ vəl / (n) – a primary competitor or opponent

    My favorite basketball team beat their archrival in the finals.

  2. solidarity / ˌsɒl ɪˈdær ɪ ti / (n) – unity or agreement between people or organizations who have the same interests, goals, etc.

    The marketing team showed outstanding solidarity to launch the campaign on time.

  3. be hard hit by (something) / bi hɑrd hɪt baɪ / (idiom) – to be badly affected by something

    The company was hard hit by the ban on imported goods and lost a lot of money.

  4. laud / lɔd / (v) – to praise

    She was lauded for her performance as the lead actress.

  5. upfront / ˈʌpˈfrʌnt / (adj) – clear and direct to the point

    At the interview, he was upfront about needing three days a week off.


Read the text below.

In a surprising social media post, Burger King UK encouraged customers to order and buy food from its archrival McDonald’s and other competitors.

The Twitter post was an appeal to customers to support all restaurants that employ thousands of workers. Burger King posted the tweet ahead of a second lockdown in the country.

Aside from McDonald’s, Burger King also mentioned KFC, Pizza Hut, Five Guys, Greggs, Taco Bell, and other fast-food chains in the post.

With the tweet, Burger King aimed to promote solidarity among fast-food chains amidst the pandemic. The food industry in the United Kingdom has been hard hit by the lockdowns. In late March, restaurants had to stop dine-in services because of government restrictions.  Unemployment rates increased when a number of food businesses went out of business.

Burger King encouraged its customers to go to the drive-thru, get takeout, or order home delivery in order to help those in the restaurant industry. The support, according to the company, will not only help restaurants survive, but also help restaurant employees keep their jobs and income.

Burger King’s post has received over 170,000 likes and thousands of comments, most of which were positive. Many users lauded the fast-food restaurant’s statement as classy. However, others commented that the statement is a marketing ploy meant to benefit multinational corporations and put small local stores at a greater disadvantage.

Meanwhile, Burger King US took a more upfront approach to promote its business. Last Halloween, the company promised free Whoppers to customers who visited closed down stores once run by competitors McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Sonic, and Jack in the Box. When customers used the Burger King app to confirm that they were within 100 meters of a competitor’s closed down store, they got a coupon for a free Whopper.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

• Do you think Burger King US should have done the same thing as Burger King UK? Why or why not?
• Who do you think deserves more support, large chains like Burger King or small local stores? Explain.

Discussion B

• Do you think having competitors is good for a business? Why or why not?
• What can businesses do to make sure that they remain ahead of their competitors? Discuss.