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Man impersonates officer for fast food


Some people will go to great lengths for a snack, or to get themselves posted on the Internet in one of those “dumb criminals” stories. Today’s entrant comes from St. Petersburg, Fla., where a 33-year-old man was arrested this weekend for impersonating a police officer in order to get a free meal from McDonald’s.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department said that Joseph Pineda told the employee on the other end of the drive-thru speaker that he was a police officer who did not have his wallet on him, and that he expected the meal to be delivered free of charge.

When he pulled around to the pick-up window, a manager was waiting for him. Pineda repeated the same story, this time saying that he didn’t have his wallet because he’d just come from “a sting.” He also showed the manager a gun and badge. The manager called 911.

According to the Sun Sentinel, the responding officers discovered that while badges Pineda was carrying were fake, the guns were definitely real.

He’s been arrested and charged with felony impersonation of an officer and a misdemeanor charge of improper exhibition of a firearm.

“Free $100 McDonald’s Gift Card” is a Facebook scam

Your stomach will continue to rumble, plus your blood pressure will likely go up, if you click on a Facebook survey scam offering “Free $100 McDonald’s Gift Card”.

Hoax-Slayer is reporting that the post promises the meaty $100 payoff to those who click on a link in the rogue Facebook scam post.

As go the typical Facebook scams, so too goes this one: users who fall for it and click on the link will be tricked into installing a rogue Facebook application, Hoax-Slayer reports.

That app then spams out further fake promotions via the victim’s Facebook account.

The scam tells victims that they have to install this app before receiving the free gift card.

But even after installing the app, the hamburger-hungry still won’t get their payoff.

Instead, they’ll be forced to first participate in more offers or online surveys, some of which press users for personal information such as name, address and contact details.

Other offers invite targets to download fishy toolbars, games or software.

Worse still, some claim that to get their prize, users must provide their mobile phone number, resulting in an unwitting subscription to insanely expensive text messaging services.

And regardless of the hoops victims jump through, they will never get the $100 fast-food bonanza.

As Hoax-Slayer reminds us, scammers make money this way by earning commissions via “suspect affiliate marketing schemes” every time an unsuspecting user completes an offer or participates in a survey.

Then again, victims may also get hit with large phone bills for mobile phone services they never wanted.

And because they’ve handed over their names and contact details, victims also may be swamped with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.

If you believe reports such as this one from the Social Science Research Network, the more we use Facebook, the worse our impulse control and the more apt we are to be obese.

So tell your Facebook-using friends to be on the lookout for scams like this, which, apparently, prey on us when we’re at our most peckish.

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Burger King builds on chicken craze with new hand-breaded Ch'King sandwich

You could eat Big Macs for free for the rest of your life! (Although it’s unclear how many years you’ll last on that diet.)

McDonald’s is promising free food “for life” to the lucky winner of the McGold Card.

The card, which will be awarded to a random winner who places an order through McDonald’s online ordering system now through Aug. 24, is worth two free meals a week for 50 years, valued at $52,350. That’s a hell of a lot of fries for your average human, but “less than one corporate Christmas party” for the megacompany, as branding strategy expert Rob Frankel puts it to USA Today.

Frankel’s wary that it’s going to amount to much for the burger-slingers.

“I don’t think it’s going to do anything to encourage the app usage,” he says.

Plus, your odds are so slim. “You have a much better chance of winning a state lottery than picking something like this up,” he adds.

McDonald's Special Sauce (Big Mac Sauce)

A big part of the Big Mac's appeal is the tasty "secret" spread slathered onto both decks of the world's most popular double-decker hamburger. So what's so special about this sauce? It's basically just thousand island dressing, right? Pretty much. But this sauce has a bit more sweet pickle relish in it than a typical thousand island salad slather. Also, I found that this clone comes close to the original with the inclusion of French dressing. It's an important ingredient—ketchup just won't do it. That, along with a sweet-and-sour flavor combo from vinegar and sugar, makes this sauce go well on any of your home burger creations, whether they're Big Mac clones or not.

If you like this recipe, but don't feel like making it at home, buy it by the bottle with Todd Wilbur's McDonald's Special Burger Sauce.

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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons French dressing (I use Kraft)
  • 4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced white onion
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well.

2. Place the sauce in a covered container and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight, so that the flavors blend. Stir the sauce a couple of times as it chills.

Kansas Cop Claimed McDonald's Worker Wrote 'F*cking Pig' On His Coffee Cup

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It took two days and so much online outrage for this story to unwind:

JUST AWFUL: An officer ordered a cup of coffee only to find an awful message written on the receipt stuck onto the cup. The company offered him free lunch to make up for it. "No thank you. A Big Mac and large fries doesn’t make up for it."

&mdash FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) December 29, 2019

Outrage isn't enough, firing the burger flipping goof isn't enough, offering the cop a Happy Meal isn't enough. People can SHOW SUPPORT FOR POLICE by finding someplace else to eat. You have plenty of choices. SHOW me outrage, don't tell me about it.

&mdash David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) December 30, 2019

Having viewed a tape allegedly showing McDonald’s employee didn’t write “fucking pig” on cop’s coffee, Police Chief who immediately broadcast it on social media says “nobody knows what happened” and urges people to have “patience” while they investigate.

&mdash Boozy Badger (@BoozyBadger) December 31, 2019

BREAKING: Herington Police Chief says this weekend’s “f***ing pig” coffee cup incident was “fabricated” by the police officer, who is no longer with the department. @wibw

&mdash Marleah Campbell (@wibwMarleah) December 31, 2019

BREAKING: Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday said an officer that had been employed with the department for 2 months made up this whole incident.

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The promotion has been offered in the United States, Canada, [1] Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom since 1987. Argentina and Brazil were included in 2013 as well as South Korea in 2014 [2] and Ireland in 2016. From 2003 to 2009, Best Buy was involved in the U.S. version, and later in the Canadian version.

Like many merchants, McDonald's offered sweepstakes to draw customers into its restaurants. Laws generally forbid a company from administering its own contests, in order to prevent fraud and to ensure that all prizes are given away as a result, such promotions are handled by an impartial third-party company. [ citation needed ] McDonald's had a relationship with Simon Worldwide Inc., which was responsible for the distribution of the contest pieces and the awarding of major prizes. [ citation needed ]

In 2015, the Monopoly game was replaced in the US by "Game Time Gold", using an NFL theme. [3]

In 2019, Deputy Leader of the UK Labour Party, Tom Watson, said that the Monopoly promotion was a "danger to public health" and urged McDonald's to drop the "grotesque marketing strategy". [4] [5]

Fraud Edit

In 2001, the U.S. promotion was halted after fraud was uncovered. A subcontracting company, Simon Marketing (then a subsidiary of Cyrk), which had been hired by McDonald's to organize and promote the game, failed to recognize a flaw in its procedures. Chief of security Jerome P. Jacobson was able to remove the most valuable game pieces, which he then passed to associates who would redeem them and share the proceeds. [6] [7] Jacobson justified his long-running multi-million dollar crime as being his reaction to executives re-running randomized draws to ensure high-level prizes went to areas in the United States rather than Canada – though he did not take the stolen pieces to Canada to rectify this supposed problem, choosing instead to personally gain by selling the pieces. [7] He began stealing winning game pieces after a supplier mistakenly provided him a sheet of the anti-tamper seals needed to secretly make the swap. Jacobson sold winning pieces for a percentage of the winnings in advance, [7] initially to friends and family but expanding nationwide after a chance meeting in the Atlanta airport between him and Gennaro "Jerry" Colombo of the Colombo crime family. [8]

In 1995, Colombo appeared in a nationally televised McDonald's commercial promoting his (fraudulent) win of a Dodge Viper. [9] In 1995, St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, received an anonymous letter postmarked Dallas, Texas, which contained a $1 million winning game piece. Game rules prohibited the transfer of prizes, but McDonald's chose to follow through by treating the $1 million as a donation to the hospital, making the final $50,000 annuity payment in 2014. [10] [11] Investigations later indicated that Jacobson had admitted to sending the winning piece to the hospital. [12] In June 1996, Colombo's father-in-law, William "Buddy" Fisher, cashed in a stolen $1 million Monopoly piece. [13] Jerry Colombo died in a traffic accident in 1998, so Jacobson found new accomplices to help him sell the stolen winning prize tabs. [8]

Jacobson's associates won almost all of the top prizes, including cash and cars, between 1995 and 2000, including McDonald's giveaways that did not have the Monopoly theme ("Hatch, Match, and Win," "When the USA Wins, You Win," "Disney's Masterpiece Collection Trivia Challenge at McDonald's," "Who Wants to be a Millionaire Game," "Win on the Spot" and others). [14] The associates netted over $24 million. While the fraud appeared to have been perpetrated by only one key employee of the promotion company, and not by the company's management, eight people were originally arrested, [15] [16] soon growing to 21 indicted individuals, with members of the Colombo crime family believed to have been involved in the fraud at some point. [17] By the end of criminal prosecutions, 53 people were indicted, of whom 48 pled guilty – 46 in pre-trial plea agreements, while two others changed their plea from not guilty to guilty during their trials. [10]

The relationship between McDonald's and Simon Marketing broke down in a pair of lawsuits over breach of contract, eventually settled out of court, with the claim of McDonald's being thrown out and Simon receiving $16.6 million. [18] Due to a constitutional violation, by which it was confirmed that they did not know Jacobson and thus did not know that the winning game pieces oddly given to them by Jacobson's recruiters were necessarily stolen, four of the "winners" convicted of fraud had their convictions reversed on appeal. [19] [20]

Jacobson pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida and served three years in federal prison. The trial began on September 10, 2001, but was overshadowed in the media by the September 11 attacks.

In August 2018, 20th Century Fox announced plans for a film based on the Jacobson fraud, with Ben Affleck then attached as director, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese as writers, and Matt Damon in an acting role. [21] [22] While there have been no further updates on the plans for the film, the controversy is depicted in the 2020 HBO docuseries McMillions. [23]

The promotion mimics the game Monopoly. The game is also advertised with tokens appearing in Sunday newspapers. [24] [25] Originally, customers received a set of two tokens with every purchase, but now tokens come only with certain menu items. Tokens correspond to a property space on the Monopoly board (with the exception of the Golden Avenue/Arches Avenue "properties", which were added in the 2008 edition and Electric Company/Water Works utilities added in 2014). When combined into color-matched properties, the tokens may be redeemed for money. Historically, the grand prize ($1 million, annuity only) has been the combination of the two most costly properties, Park Place and Boardwalk, but in the 2006–2007 games the top prize ($5 million, with the traditional $1 million prize for Boardwalk/Park Place) was awarded for collecting the four railroads.

There are also "instant win" tokens the recipient can redeem for McDonald's food (typically small menu items, such as a free small McFlurry or medium fries) but never for any food item that has game pieces, money, or other prizes. The 2001 edition was titled "Pick Your Prize!", in which winners could choose which of three ways they wanted their prize awarded to them (i.e. they could choose if they wanted their $1 million in gold, diamonds, or $50,000 per year for 20 years).

In 2016, the game changed where all available prizes were cash, including the $1 million for Park Place and Boardwalk, and was titled "Money Monopoly". [26]

Coupon pieces Edit

Additionally, in the 2005 edition, certain foods always came with one coupon which could be used at either Best Buy, Toys R Us, or Foot Locker (including online stores). The value of each coupon was random, with Toys R Us coupons ranging from $1 to $5 up to $5 in coupons could be used in a single transaction. In 2008, these coupons were redeemed for up to 25% off any Foot Locker item(s). Since 2009, the promotion has not featured any coupons.

Products with game pieces Edit

As of 2019 (Canada) and 2016 (US), the following products contained game pieces:

Canada [27] USA [28]
Big Mac (Single/Double) Big Mac
Chicken McNuggets (10/20 pc.)
Chicken Sandwiches (McChicken/Seriously Chicken)
Angus sandwiches (Bacon Cheddar/Mighty/Creamy Black Pepper) Filet-O-Fish
Large French Fries Medium French Fries
Medium & Large Hot McCafe Beverages
Medium & Large Soft Drink Cups/Milkshakes Medium Soft Drink Cups
Coffee or Tea (Medium/Large/X-Large)
McMuffin Sandwiches (except Sausage McMuffin)
Quarter Pounder with Cheese/BLT sandwiches (Single/Double)
Regular McFlurry
McWraps Biscuit Sandwiches (except Sausage Biscuit)

Canadian and US laws require that game pieces be available upon request with no purchase necessary (Alternative Method of Entry, "AMOE"), and can be requested by the mailing of a handwritten, self-addressed stamped envelope. [28]

Rare pieces in US/Canada Edit

The rare collectible pieces that dictate the odds of winning are as follows:

Property 2019 Canadian Name***** [29] 2019 code 2019 prize 2018 code 2018 prize 2017 code 2017 prize 2016 code 2016 prize 2014 code 2014 prize 2013 code 2013 prize 2012 code 2012 prize 2011 code 2011 prize 2010 code 2010 prize 2009 code 2009 prize
Mediterranean Avenue Rideau Canal 101 2020 Chevrolet Equinox 901 Xbox One Forza Bundle 801 CN$150,000 601 $50 ($100 in Canada) 501 $50 (Paid in McDonald's Gift Cards in Canada) 431/461 $1,000 ($25 McDonald's Gift Card in Canada) 925 $50 (Paid in McDonald's Gift Cards in Canada) 321 $50 (Paid in McDonald's Gift Cards in Canada) 750 $50 (Paid in McDonald's Gift Cards in Canada) 101 $50 (Paid in McDonald's Gift Cards in Canada)
Vermont Avenue Mackenzie River 104 Yamaha Wolverine X4 EPS 904 Yamaha Family Grizzly ATV Bundle 804 2 Yamaha SnoScoot Snowmobiles & two 250 Yamabucks gift cards 604 $1,000 (Berkley Family Equipment Package in Canada) 504 Shell fuel for 1 Year ($2,500 in Canada) 434/464 $5,000 ($50 McDonald's Gift Card in Canada) 928 $5,000 324 $100 753 104
Virginia Avenue Percé Rock 106 CAN$10,000 906 CN$10,000 806 CN$10,000 608 $2,000 ($10,000 in Canada) 508 $5,000 438/468 $10,000 ($20,000 in Canada) 932 Beach Resort Vacation 328 $200 Spa Certificate 757 108
Tennessee Avenue Tunnels of Moose Jaw 111 Cineplex Premiere Card for winner & guest for 1 Year 911 Cineplex Premiere Card for winner & guest for 1 Year 811 Cineplex Premiere Card for winner & guest for 1 year 610 $5,000 (Cineplex Premiere Card in Canada) 510 Softcard Mobile Wallet Prize + $2,500 for wireless service ($5,000 Wal-Mart Gift Card in Canada) 440/470 EA Sports Super Bowl XLVIII trip for 2 ($5,000 Wal-Mart Gift Card in Canada) 934 $10,000 330 Beach Resort Vacation 759 $1,000 110 $5,000
Kentucky Avenue Confederation Bridge 112 CAN$5,000 in Vanilla Prepaid MasterCard Gift Card 912 CN$5,000 in Vanilla Prepaid MasterCard Gift Card 812 CN$5,000 in Prepaid MasterCard Gift Card 612 $10,000 ($5,000 in Vanilla Prepaid Gift Cards in Canada) 512 Any Delta Air Lines Vacations Destination for 2 442/472 Any Delta Air Lines Destination for 2 936 Any Delta Air Lines Destination for 2 332 $50,000 761 Beaches Resorts Vacation 112 $10,000
Ventnor Avenue Whistler 117 Cabela's CAN$2,000 Gift Card 917 Cabela's Barbeque Package 817 Cabela's Camping Package 616 $25,000 (Polaris Snowmobile in Canada) 516 Beaches Resorts Vacation 446/476 $20,000 ($10,000 in Canada) 940 $20,000 336 $100,000 765 $25,000 116 $25,000
Pennsylvania Avenue Portage and Memorial 120 CAN$2,000 Hudson's Bay Gift Card 920 CN$2,000 Hudson's Bay Gift Card 820 CN$2,000 Hudson's Bay Gift Card 620 $50,000 ($2,000 Hudson's Bay Gift Card in Canada) 520 Cessna Private Jet Trip 450/480 2014 Fiat 500L (2013 Fiat POP in Canada) 944 2013 Fiat 500 Sport Hatchback 340 2012 Nissan Leaf or 2012 Nissan 370z 769 $50,000 120 $50,000
Boardwalk Fairmont Le Château 121 5,000,000 RBC Rewards Points or CAN$50,000 921 5,000,000 RBC Rewards Points or CN$50,000 821 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV 622 $1,000,000 (annuity, 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportsWagen in Canada) 522 $1,000,000 (annuity) 452/482 $1,000,000 (annuity, $100,000 for Canada) 946 $1,000,000 (annuity) 342 $1,000,000 (annuity) 771 $1,000,000 (annuity) 122 $1,000,000 (annuity)
Short Line Vancouver International Airport 126 Air Transat trip to Playa Del Carmen for 4 926 Air Transat trip to Riviera Maya for 4 826 3,000 WestJet Dollars 626 $500 (A "dream vacation" in Canada) 526 $5,000 Target Shopping Experience on Black Friday ($1,000 in Canada) 456/486 Shell Fuel for 1 Year ($5,000 in Canada) 950 EA SPORTS Fan Trip Championship Get-A-Way 346 EA SPORTS Trip 775 EA SPORTS Trip 126 $500
Reading Railroad Route Transcan Highway 128 Esso/Mobil CAN$2,600 Gift Card "Petrol for 52 Weeks" 928 Esso/Mobil CN$2,600 Gift Card "Petrol for 52 Weeks" 828 Shell "Fuel for a Year"
Water Works*** 527 $10,000
Free Parking**** . $100,000

Note that the rare piece is alphabetically the last property in each group, except for Boardwalk. In 2013, McDonald's allowed two Boardwalk pieces to be produced prior to this only one was produced.

[*] Until 2007, Mediterranean and Baltic Avenues were dark purple properties on the traditional Monopoly board since 2008, they have been brown.

[**] McDonald's added Golden Avenue and Arches Avenue for 2008 only obtaining both won $100,000.

[***] Electric Company & Water Works were added for 2014 obtaining both won $10,000.

[****] One Free Parking $100,000 prize was seeded on each of the following in only the US Territory: Bacon Clubhouse (1 in 9,836,000), Filet-O-Fish (1 in 19,585,000), Big Mac (1 in 45,000,000) and Large Fries (1 in 150,254,000) [30]

[*****] In 2016, the Canadian version replaced all properties with Canadian landmarks (such as replacing Boardwalk with Le Château Frontenac, and swapping Kentucky Avenue with the Confederation Bridge) and replaced all train stations with well-known Canadian airports, including Toronto Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.

Germany Edit

The German version of the rare piece list is as follows:

Property 2009 code 2009 prize 2009 number awarded
Jackpot . 1 each of the below + 1 each of the instant win prizes. 1x 0 property 1 instant
Turmstraße 902 Monopoly Game set. 1000x 340 property 660 instant
Elisenstraße & Poststraße 904 & 905 €1,000 Prepaid Visa Card 1000x 950 property 50 instant
Hafenstraße 907 LG Netbook 500x 170 property 330 instant
Wiener Straße & Berliner Straße 910 & 911 Audi A3 Cabriolet 100x 90 property 10 instant
Museumstraße 913 Nintendo Wii with Avatar: The Game 777x 259 property 518 instant
Schillerstraße 916 MSC cruise for two 5x 2 property 3 instant
Hauptstraße 919 ETI dream vacation to Egypt 100x 34 property 66 instant
Parkstraße 921 Hercules Mountain Bike 100x 34 property 66 instant
Südbahnhof & Westbahnhof 932 & 924 €100,000 from Visa 10x 10 property 0 instant

In addition to the property pieces, there are also Instant Win pieces for a Samsung MP3 player, a LG Touchscreen cellphone, €150 gift certificates to S.Oliver, a JBL iPod dock, a Funai Flatscreen television, Nikon digital camera, Noxon internet radio, and SnowTrex one-week ski vacation for two.

Online games Edit

In 2005, McDonald's introduced an online counterpart to its traditional game. In addition to the traditional "sticker" game, participants can play online. Each game piece lists a code which can be entered online, to a maximum of 10 entries per 24 hours, a day starts at midnight EDT. Up to 2014, each code entered grants the user one roll on a virtual Monopoly game board, identical to the board game's board. Rolling "doubles" (two dice sharing the same number), as with the real board game, allows the user to move again.

Landing on Electric Company, Income Tax, Jail/Just Visiting, Go to Jail, Water Works, or Luxury Tax does not count towards any prize. If a player lands on an unowned property (not landed upon by the player in a previous turn), the user will "collect" that property. When all properties of a colored set are collected, the user wins a prize, with prize values similar to those of the sticker game. In addition to collecting property sets, users can also win by landing on certain "instant win" spaces, including Go, Chance, Community Chest, and Free Parking. Landing on Go (but not simply passing it) gives the player a code worth one free hour of WiFi access at participating McDonald's restaurants. Landing on Chance is worth money to spend at Foot Locker. Landing on Community Chest allows the user to be given a code worth 25 My Coke Rewards points. Landing on Free Parking is a prize of a $50 refillable gas card from Shell, or alternatively 25 complimentary apple pies.

In 2007, landing on Community Chest won game downloads. [31]

In 2009, the prizes became two hours of Wi-Fi and a $25 Arch Card for landing on Go, an entry into an online roll for $1,000,000 (annuity) for landing on Chance, 25 My Coke Rewards points for landing on Community Chest, and a $50 refillable Shell gift card for landing on Free Parking.

The values of the dice are not random. As stated in the contest rules, one property in each set is "rare," similar to the sticker game. These rare properties are landed on only when the game server "seeds" a winning roll. Winning rolls are seeded at specific times on specific dates, and the first user to roll the dice once a win has been seeded will land on a winning piece. This allows McDonald's to declare the odds of winning certain prizes, a legal requirement for contests in most jurisdictions.

In 2010, the online game was changed, removing the dice and the game board, presenting only 3 Chance cards from which to pick. One has a prize, starting at 30 My Coke Rewards points, but may be (non-randomly) seeded with a higher-valued prize. Player chooses one card, is asked if that is the choice the player wants to make, and the card is flipped. If it is the pre-selected winning card, the player wins the pre-selected prize.

In 2011, the game was changed again – the mascot, Rich Uncle Pennybags (aka "Mr. Monopoly"), is shown attempting to throw a Chance card into a top hat. If the card lands in the hat, the player can claim a prize. Players must choose a "throwing style", which only changes the animations used – it does nothing to affect one's odds of winning.

In 2012, the game was changed once more. Players must click on "Spin" first, and if it landed on "GO!", the player wins the online prize shown. The next year, players had to click on "Play" a win resulted in the prize shown onscreen regardless of the outcome, players received an entry to win a 2013 Fiat 500 Cabrio. For the 2014 game, players must click on "GO!", and if it results in a win, the online prize is shown onscreen regardless of the outcome, the participant receives an entry to win $50,000.

In 2016, players can enter up to ten codes daily in order to win weekly sweepstakes with a $50,000 grand prize.

Restrictions Edit

For all versions of the online game, players are restricted to a set number of online entries per day. [32] In the UK, this is restricted to 24 entries. In the US, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Saipan, the limit is 10.

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Erica likes to bring frozen meals to work for her lunch, and thought that she would try a new entrée from discount brand Michelina’s: an open-faced beef and mashed potato sandwich. Anything involving frozen bread and gravy would give some people misgivings, but Erica thought it sounded promising. What she got after she opened the package and microwaved it was… whatever the opposite of “promising” is.

Would you say that this looks like an open-faced sandwich if you didn’t know?

I buy a lot of frozen meals for work since it’s easy to go shopping once a month, throw them in the freezer, and not have to worry about packing a lunch every day. I love Michelina’s mac and cheese meals and thought I’d give their open-faced mashed potatoes, gravy, and beef on bread a try. But perhaps the order those ingredients were listed in should have been a warning to me.

I realize nothing ever looks like the picture, and no one buys frozen meals expecting a gourmet experience, but 4 tiny pieces of beef? Really? I have trouble even believing that could add up to the 10g of protein listed on the nutrition facts. Is this really as ridiculous as I find it, or am I just expecting too much out of a cheap frozen meal?

This looks sort of like a beef Pop-Tart, only less appetizing. If you don’t find the prospect of a beef Pop-Tart appetizing, at least.

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Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic by Mike Banner and company is one of the leading fat burning weight loss drink recipes that comes in a powerful and robust powder formula that enhances digestion, boosts metabolism and improves overall energy levels naturally, but does the Japanese-inspired Flat Belly Tonic supplement actually work or does it have negative side effects according to a few alarming customer scam complaints found online?

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This is one formula that continues to make it onto our editor’s desk due to its extreme rise in popularity and demand. And it isn’t hard to understand why this secret powerful Japanese formula is at the top of the charts in 2021 for helping individuals burn stubborn belly fat, improve digestion and enhance energy levels naturally! The Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic claims to tap into the Ancient power of restorative techniques practiced by the people of Okinawa, which is widely considered one of the healthiest places on Earth. The formula is packaged in a convenient mixable tonic, which allows easy digestion for consumers who choose to take it regularly. The formula’s primary function is to tackle unexplained weight gain, and it uses three main methods to help users look their best and feel their happiest by simply drinking 1 cup daily of the Flat Belly Tonic recipe (that comes in a drinkable powder form).

The formula, billed as the most potent, youth-enhancing blend of Japanese-nutrients should be taken in the morning before 10 am, which is a common requirement for supplements like these. Starting your day with a weight loss supplement can provide you with a number of benefits throughout the day. This particular weight loss tonic claims to support the metabolism, increase energy levels, and minimize inflammation. All three of these benefits directly support traditional weight loss efforts due to its ability to jumpstart the morning metabolism and really rev up the engine of the resting metabolic rate that happens overnight while you sleep. As users exercise and diet, a formula like this one might help to maximize their gains by simultaneously boosting the metabolism and minimizing inflammation associated with working out.

We always appreciate a multifaceted strategy for improving weight loss results and this unique metabolic blend inside the Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic ingredients list is quite a complex and diverse approach towards all day energy and whole body wellness. But the question remains: does it actually work to help users enjoy a slim, toned and more attractive body for years to come? Even the Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic will have its limits. If you don’t commit to a weight loss regimen that includes a diminished caloric intake and ample exercise, it will be hard for you to lose any significant amount of weight. However, it may very well be the case that taking the Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic consistently for several months could help to kickstart your weight loss journey.

The official Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic website offers a pretty generous return policy. But even with this kind of assurance, we don’t want any consumer to spend their money on the Okinawa Tonic powder formula that isn’t going to work. This guide has been created to walk users through the most important facts and figures surrounding the Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic, as well as the people supporting it. It will also address the alarming Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic customer scam complaints that are found circulating online too. While this should not be a major concern, consumer protection and user safety is of the utmost importance and this Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic review will set the record straight and help customers stay safe when ordering the authentic weight loss drink recipe powder.

What is the Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic?

It is not unusual for people wanting to know more about a product before buying it, in fact, it is quite a healthy practice to do so. If you want to know more about the Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic and how it works, then you are in the right place.

As mentioned above, Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic is an extremely popular weight loss supplement which does not contain synthetic ingredients, instead it contains only natural ingredients which includes herbal extracts, polyphenols, probiotics, minerals, and vitamins.

In order to aid weight management and healthy weight loss, the Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic has around 3 billion CFU (colony forming unit).

The maker of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic came across this unique formula when he was travelling the beautiful island of Okinawa. According to him, the islanders who lived there had a special drink filled with nutrients and it aided fat loss and also helped everyone lead a healthy life.

As per the manufacturers, this ground-breaking formula can help you lose weight in the most natural manner, while boosting your energy levels. All you have to do is mix one good scoop of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic with a shake or water and consume it every morning, without fail.

With the continuous use of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic you can see visible weight loss and the best part is you can still eat whatever you want, without having to restrict yourself (of course everything in moderation right).

There are customers who claim that Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic helps them maintain good blood pressure and sugar levels.

Why Try Flat Belly Tonic Drink Recipe?

If you’re reading this, then you’re probably looking out for new ways to lose weight and all the other weight loss tips that you may have tried up until now may have failed you.

Weight loss is a topic that is spoken about a lot, which also means that there are several people who tell you several different things about weight loss techniques. Most of those methods barely work.

There are hundreds of different kinds of diets that claim to help you reduce weight, but as per studies and researches that were conducted recently, diets can also lead to eating disorders and cause nutritional imbalance or deficiency.

There are several ways to tackle the problem of weight, the actual problem is segregating the right method from the wrong method.

We are here to tell you about one of the best ways to lose belly fat within days, the answer to your problems is called Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic, this is a weight loss supplement that will help you shed your excess weight away in no time.

This supplement is not like your regular weight loss diet pill, there are several factors that separate Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic from the rest of the weight loss supplements available on the market. The very first factor is the ingredients used, Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic contains only natural ingredients. This is probably the most important factor, as it makes the supplement safe to consume.

But how good is this supplement for burning fat and losing weight naturally? How does the Okinawa-inspired Flat Belly Tonic drink recipe actually work? Continue reading to have those questions answered.

Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic: How Does This Supplement Work?

Unlike other weight loss supplements, Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic does not come in the form of capsules or pills, it comes as a powder and has more ingredients than any single capsule will contain. All you have to do is mix one healthy scoop of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic with the beverage of your choice and then consume it by mid morning to start boosting metabolism naturally. If you do this on a regular basis, then you are bound to lose weight fast.

There are 4 different kinds of blend in this formula

Mineral and vitamin blend

As per the manufacturers, the ingredients used in this supplement are selected strategically. Apart from supporting metabolism, digestion, and etc, they also affect the hormones.

This supplement is formed around the idea that individuals tend to gain weight because of their C reactive protein (CRP). CRP disrupts the normal functioning of the mitochondria, which, in turn, shuts off the hormone which is responsible for the body’s metabolic activity. This hormone is called adiponectin.

In layman’s terms, when CRP interferes with adiponectin it leads to weight gain.

This tends to trigger a cycle of cause and effect, where the CRP levels keep rising and interfering with adiponectin, ultimately causing more weight gain. With the help of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic CRP levels ca\n be balanced and the devastating cycle of weight gain will be brought to an end.

This also means that you can see visible results in no time at all. Unlike other supplements, you do not have to wait for weeks and months together to see some change. You will start seeing results within a very short period of time. Apart from helping you lose weight, you will also feel an increase in your energy levels, which means you will feel tired or fatigued throughout the day.

This supplement is made in the best facility possible with the best technological equipment. They make sure they test every batch before it goes out, this is done to ensure top notch quality production and distribution. Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic is made in a FDA (The United States Food And Drug Administration) approved facility. They also practice GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).

All of these things are done to make sure you get the best quality product. From the selection of ingredients to mixing them and making this supplement, every little bit of it is done in the most meticulous fashion, just to make sure you get the best product in hand.

Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic: Ingredients Used

There are several natural ingredients used in the making of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic. There are no harmful chemicals and synthetic ingredients used in the making of this supplement. All the blends are made using natural ingredients and then those blends are mixed together to make Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic.

Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic is made up of herb and fruit extracts that are high in polyphenols. A polyphenol blend makes up the majority of every scoop (2,150mg out of a total of 2,800mg). Carrot, cherry, green mango, papaya, apple, mulberry fruit, cranberry, acai, beet root, and hundreds of other fruit extracts are among the main components in that mix.

Minerals and Vitamins Blend

Firstly you should be aware of the fact that just one scoop of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic has one hundred percent of your DV (Daily Value). With every scoop of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic you get one hundred percent DV of riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin B12, folate, pantothenic acid, selenium, and biotin. Apart from this it also contains 167% DV of chromium.

Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic has a digestive support blend of 100mg. This mixture includes a prebiotic (inulin) and probiotics, similar to a digestive supplement (likeBifidobacterium longum and Bacillus infantis). Probiotic bacteria aid in the absorption of nutrients from food, while prebiotic bacteria strengthen the probiotic bacteria. A significant function of successful weight loss is the body's capacity to assimilate, utilize, and gradually digest food. If your body is unable to efficiently remove metabolic waste after absorbing nutrients from the foods eaten, massive congestion in the intestines and colon results. With the help of this supplement, you can avoid this problem.

Metabolic Boosting Blend

This supplement has 465mg of metabolic boosting blend, and this blend contains ginger root, shilajit extract, green tea extract, turmeric, and cinnamon bark extract among other ingredients.

This helps in improving the body’s metabolism, thus resulting in weight loss. This supplement aims to activate a process called metabolic regeneration.

Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic: Is It Backed By Science?

Although there have been no scientific tests conducted using Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic in a laboratory environment, most of the ingredients used in this supplement have been subjected to experiments, research, and studies.

The manufacturers of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic posted a study from 2018, where the researchers found that an individual can lose weight with the use of probiotic, symbiotic, and prebiotic supplements.

In a 2016 study, it was seen that the consumption of aronia juice could lead to improved gut health. But this research was performed on mice.

Similarly, there are other studies that have been taken into account for the production of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic.

Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic: Where Can You Purchase It?

You can only purchase this supplement on their official website “”. It is not available anywhere else, this is done to ensure customer safety.

Here are the pricing options available:

One month supply - $69 + shipping fee

Three month supply - $59 + free shipping

Six month supply - $49 + free shipping

The manufacturers are also offering you a 90 cash back guarantee, which means that if you are not happy with the results of using this supplement, then you can always contact their customer care and get a refund.

Keep an eye for exciting deals and offers that they may have for you.

Right now with each Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic purchase, you will also get the following bonuses that will truly enhance the results and outcome of using this powerful fat burning weight loss drink recipe daily:

Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic Drinks

100 Flat Belly Recipes for Burning Fat

Energy Boosting Smoothies

Again, all of these are PDF books which will help you use Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic in the best way possible for effective weight loss.

Alarming Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic Drink Scam Complaints

The sheer rise in demand and popularity Mike Banner's Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic weight loss drink recipe has so many upsides that its only true downside is that it has brought on shady salesmen and bad actors into the fringe. Unfortunately, given how popular the product has become in 2021, there are now fake Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic powders circulating online that are posing as the real formula when in fact they are cheap counterfeit products setup to con and dupe unsuspecting consumers into buying fraudulent supplements. Thankfully, reading this April 2021 updated Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic review will help all consumers turning to customers safely order directly from Mike Banner and the team directly responsible for this one of a kind weight loss drink recipe.

Not only will visiting the ensure users are getting the authentic powder formula that is perfectly safe to take that is made and tested in an FDA approved and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) facility for purity and potency, but it will also guarantee the money back refund policy is intact for the next three months after the original purchase date. Taking the only real route possible will make sure there are no negative side effects when consuming Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic on a daily basis too. The official merchant platform for Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic is Clickbank, one of the most reputable marketplaces in the world who has been in business for well over a decade going on two and is a user-friendly, customer-centric company that always honors the money back guarantee and refund policy of the products distributed. The 90-day refund policy for Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic allows for today's purchase to be risk-free as Mike Banner and company live by a 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed motto that allows consumers complete peace of mind and confidence in moving forward with a purchase today, but the last question remains, is it right for you?

From the given information it is no doubt that this is one of the most effective weight loss supplements available. There are several thousands individuals who state the same. Apart from weight loss, this supplement also provides a variety of health benefits, like helping you maintain a healthy blood sugar level and healthy blood pressure level, this means Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic also helps you improve the health of your heart.

Where price is concerned, the Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic falls relatively close to the average we’ve come to expect from this kind of formula. It costs around $69 per bottle, but it can go all the way down to $49/bottle if purchased in bulk. Its powder form is likely to be a massive help to people who don’t want to choke down a handful of icky supplements every day. And truth be told, you will be hard pressed to find another robust lineup of ingredients in one simple to use and take supplement for weight loss at a lower price that isn't compromising quality and integrity of the sources used to make this formula.

Like we explained in the introductory section of this review, there is nothing in the research that suggests that using a supplement can help you lose weight on its own due to a number of factors outlined above in this Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic review. The only way to guarantee that you shed that extra bit of belly fat is to exercise as much as you can and cut back on calories, but not having the right internal environment or ecosystem is going to make it even more difficult to optimize body weight effectively. Our research yielded a few positive studies backing the ingredients in the Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic, however. If you’re interested in seeing what this supplement can do for you, the money-back guarantee might just give you the chance to try it risk-free.

If you want to lose weight and want to gain more energy naturally, then order your supply of Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic as soon as possible before the prices go up due to the extremely high demand and popularity this fat burning drink recipe is currently experiencing today.

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