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McDonald’s fries return to Venezuela but cost a pretty penny for locals

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, photo, a large order of French Fries and  drink are photographed at a McDonald's restaurant in Robinson Township, Pa. Venezuelans missing the salty taste of McDonald’s french fries can line up at their nearest golden arches, but could be in store for some sticker shock after they place their order. The country’s economic policies have made the price nearly a tenth of the country’s monthly minimum wage. The fries were reintroduced to the South American nation after a 10-month absence with a social media ad. The campaign didn’t mention the increased cost, however. Venezuela, which has multiple official currency controls on its bolivars on top of the black market, has struggled economically. Policies put in place by President Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez have been cited as the source for various shortages, including toilet paper. More

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