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‘We Screwed Up’; Burger King Mistake Costs Franchise Millions

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The largest operator with over a thousand of Burger King branches gave their customers more than expected during the summer. 

Carrols Restaurant Group may be big, but $12 million dollars could still be a huge loss for them especially when it no one must blame but themselves. 

The decline of $12.4 million in revenue and net loss of $8.2 million is not a laughing matter to this giant. 

They have given bigger discounts to their customers than expected, prompting them to lose a lot from their sales. 

When did the burger joint accounting mistake happen?

Customers may have remembered the days when they felt they really got the most from their money. From that mistake, they had almost 3% reduction as opposed to their expected strong quarter.

The CEO Dan Accordino confirmed “It was not an accounting issue. It was not a systems issue. It was a mistake. We screwed up and it cost us a fair amount of money. 

This problem was discovered late August when they made a quarter report and found out that the growth was unusual for the Carrols. This normally exceed BK thus leading them to do some financial investigation. “We screwed up, and it cost us a fair amount of money.” 

It was later found out that it was “convoluted” thus giving customers more discount on their value meal orders.

What Burger King promo was that?

The promo was $4 for a two Whopper Jr., $5 for two Whopper and $6 for two double Whopper. They were encouraging customers to get the offer with their value meal. In this case, the customers would have then to pay for the regular prices of the fries and drinks. That cost the this joint $.150 for every sale they made.

“We spent a lot of time dealing with this convoluted mistake. The fact of the matter is, it was a mistake. We screed up. The underlying business is stringer that what our numbers reflect. This should be called a “one-time” error.

If this mistake wouldn’t have happened, the group’s sales would have risen by 7.4% already. Fortunately, they introduced their plant based Impossible whopper and gained a lot of sales. 

This was introduced to the market in the late days of August. 

The promo discount didn’t get as much traffic because of that.  

On the other hand, this mistake started in early June until late August and still costed a significant amount for the Carrols.

Along with this, the company’s overall profits hit a 10.7 low because of some other factors like increasing beef costs, higher staff wages and some recent acquisition of restaurants thus staff training is integrated as well.

Carrol’s stock went up and down as well. This doesn’t just affect the group but for the BK as a whole. The Carrols group owns 14% of this big fast-food joint. Overall, BK operates more than 7,300 branches in the United States alone. 

Carrol’s numbers have now gone up after that mistake in August. It has been corrected and now earned a 7.9 gain in September.

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China: Luckin Coffee Shares Fall After $310M Potential Fraud

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Luckin Coffee has disclosed on Thursday that they made an internal investigation, and its chief operating officer fabricated their sales in 2019 by 2.2 billion yuan ($310 million).

The shares plummeted by 80% after they released the filing.

The Chief Operating Officer, Jian Liu, and other employees who were reporting to him were engaging themselves in misconduct and are now suspended. 

The company will be taking legal action for people who took part in it and are responsible for those conducts. Jian could not be found anymore for an interview.

Luckin is a two and a half-year-old company and has goals to overtake Starbucks in China, the top coffee chain currently in the country. 

The investors are not relying on their previous financial statements and earnings, which were released for nine months. They announced earlier that heir net sales for the first nine months of 2019 were 2.9 billion yuan ($413 million). 

In their statement, “As a result, investors should no longer rely upon the company’s previous financial statements and earnings releases for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, and the two quarters starting April 1, 2019, and ended September 30, 2019, including the prior guidance on net revenues from products for the fourth quarter of 2019, and other communications relating to these consolidated financial statements.

The company said that its investigation is still at its initial stage, and its independent auditor does not verify estimates of the fabrication of sales. Kirkland & Ellis will do their counseling and FTI Consulting for forensic accounting expertise.

Back in January, the Muddy Waters Research said that they found something fraudulent with their business.

On its official Twitter page, it said, MW is short $LK. We received an unattributed 89-page report alleging $LK is a fraud: “number of items per store per day was inflated by at least 69% in 2019 3Q and 88% in 2019 4Q, supported by 11,260 hours of store traffic video” We view the work as credible. 

However, Luckin replied and said that the seller’s report was false and misleading. The founder of Muddy Waters said Luckin shows precisely why we need short sellers in the market. We believed this report was credible when we read it, and that’s why we took a position. 

This is again a wake-up call for U.S. policymakers, regulators, and investors about the extreme fraud risk China-based companies pose to our markets.”

In May, Luckin started its trade on the Nasdaq, and since then, making it to the public market, it gave the company a market value of $1.3 billion. Furthermore, the company has tried a customer-based format and offering excellent discounts to the market. 

For January of this year, it already has more than 4,500 branches in China, a few hundred more than Starbucks in the country. Starbucks, on the other hand, responded to its competitiveness and opened more cafes in China for quick picks and delivery and less on seating capacities in their cafes.

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Horrible Coronavirus Prank: Woman Coughs at Fresh Produce in Pennsylvania Supermarket

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Despite the different challenges, the novel coronavirus has gotten to people; some still lack empathy and are unthoughtful over the welfares of others.

A woman doing her shopping yesterday at the Gerrity’s Supermarket at the Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, coughed all over the store’s fresh produce, at that time many believe they have a coronavirus and has resulted in a lot of food waste and rotten.

The owner believes that this is a twisted prank of her.

The store has to throw everything she came in contact with, including the bakery and meat case for safety and health reasons.

This nuisance and wastage cost about $35,000 and not to mention the workforce disinfecting the area together with a health inspector.

The good part was that they were able to take out the prankster from the store and contacted the authorities.

The owner said they would fill numerous charges to her. It is unclear yet if the woman is infected with the novel coronavirus.

Here is the whole post from Gerrity’s Supermarket on their Facebook page:

The post has 4700 comments, 11,000 shares, and 10,000 emoji reactions.

One Facebook user said, “Please sue her personally. Make an example of people like her so that maybe they’ll be a little more afraid to be the sorry excuses of human beings that they are. Thank you for taking precautions.”

Another one said, ” Causing or risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct -just to name a few charges she should be charged with! And TOTAL RESTITUTION!”

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