Malcolm Hicks, Corporate Vice President of McDonald’s Europe, sends me an email

2015-10-23
4 min read

On October 23, 2015, I receive an email from Malcolm Hicks who is the Corporate Vice President of McDonald’s Europe.

FROM : Malcolm.Hicks@eu.mcd.com

TO : [Victim/whistleblower’s email address]

SUBJECT: France Monopoly Game Query

Date: October 23, 2015 at 05:34 +0800

Dear Mr. [Name of the victim/whistleblower, REDACTED FOR PRIVACY],

I am Malcolm Hicks and I serve are the General Counsel for the McDonald’s business segment that includes France among other countries. I have recently become aware of your concerns with the conduct of the Monopoly promotion run by McDonald’s France.

While this is a French program and would typically be dealt with by the French team, I have chosen to intervene in this matter, given your past dealings with the French team. In my capacity, I will be instructing an outside French lawyer to examine this issue.

While I understand your eagerness to get some satisfaction, it is only counter-productive to send correspondence to as many people as you can find in the McDonald’s system. Henceforth, it would be advisable to deal directly with me or our designated outside lawyer.

Despite your position, it is not realistic to expect me or an outside lawyer, neither of whom have any past involvement in this matter, to be able to answer your questions immediately. Trust me that I will deal with the matter in a timely fashion, but I will need to discuss the same with the outside lawyer and get his/her careful review of the situation. On that basis, we will be in touch when I am fully updated on the issue.

Thanks.

Malcolm

Malcolm W. Hicks

Corporate Vice President—Legal McDonald’s 178/180 Edgware Road London, W2 2DS United Kingdom

malcolm.hicks@eu.mcd.com

McDonald’s Europe Limited registered in England no.01739890. Registered office: 178-180 Edgware Road, London, W2 2DS. Tel: 0207 800 4800. This e-mail is confidential and may be read only by the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not forward, copy or take any action based on it and, in addition, please delete this e-mail and inform the sender. We cannot be sure that this e-mail or its attachments are free from viruses. In keeping with good computing practice, please ensure that you take adequate steps to check for any viruses. Before replying or sending any e-mail to us, please consider that the Internet is inherently insecure and is an inappropriate medium for certain kinds of information. These systems are provided to McDonald’s Europe Limited by McDonald’s Restaurants Limited (registered in England no. 1002769. Registered office: 11 - 59 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 8AW. Tel: 0870 241 3300) and as such, both we and McDonald’s Restaurant’s Limited reserve the right to access and read all e-mails and attachments entering or leaving our systems. Any opinions, conclusions and other information in this e-mail that does not relate to the official business of McDonald’s Europe Limited is neither given nor endorsed by us."

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited registered in England no.1002769. Registered office: 11 - 59 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 8AW. Tel: 0370 241 3300. This e-mail is confidential and may be read only by the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not forward, copy or take any action based on it and, in addition, please delete this e-mail and inform the sender. We cannot be sure that this e-mail or its attachments are free from viruses. In keeping with good computing practice, please ensure that you take adequate steps to check for any viruses. Before replying or sending any e-mail to us, please consider that the Internet is inherently insecure and is an inappropriate medium for certain kinds of information. We reserve the right to access and read all e-mails and attachments entering or leaving our systems. Any opinions, conclusions and other information in this e-mail that does not relate to the official business of McDonald’s Restaurants Limited is neither given nor endorsed by us.

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