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Woman banned from Planet Fitness after raising concern about locker room sighting

An Alaskan woman had her Planet Fitness membership revoked after she took a photo of a “man with a penis” at one of the gym’s women’s locker rooms earlier this week.

The incident occurred at the Fairbanks location. A woman recorded herself speaking about the ordeal when she said a person identifying as “queer LBG” was shaving in the female locker room.

Planet Fitness confirmed to Fox News Digital that the woman violated policy regarding taking photos and/or videos in the locker room, resulting in the loss of her membership.

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“As the home of the Judgement Free Zone, Planet Fitness is committed to creating an inclusive environment,” Planet Fitness chief corporate affairs officer McCall Gosselin said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “Our gender identity non-discrimination policy, states that members and guests may use the gym facilities that best align with their sincere, self-reported gender identity. The member who posted on social media violated our mobile device policy that prohibits taking photos of individuals in the locker room, which resulted in their membership being terminated.” 

When asked if the transgender individual’s “sincere, self-reported” gender was female, Planet Fitness did not respond.

Patricia Silva said she went to the gym on Monday and saw “a man with a penis” shaving in the women’s locker room.

“I just came out of Planet Fitness, and there is a man shaving in the women’s bathroom,” she said in the first of several videos she posted about the incident. “I realize he wants to be a woman, he gets to be a woman. I love him in Christ, he’s a spiritual being having a human experience. He doesn’t like his gender, so he wants to be a woman. But I’m not comfortable with him shaving in my bathroom.”

In a video posted on Wednesday, Silva said there was a girl who “could have been 12 years old . . . in a towel kind of freaked out that there’s a man shaving in her locker room.”

Silva said the individual identified as “queer LGB,” thus believing “he had a right to be there.” Planet Fitness identified the individual as transgender in an email exchange with Fox News Digital.

Silva said she took a picture of the individual, because she “felt that I was in an unsafe space.” 

Planet Fitness policy reads: “If a serious concern or significant doubt about the bona fides of a person’s transgender or nonbinary status/identity arises and which the team member can articulate, the team member shall address their concerns with the member. If discussion with the member fails to resolve the serious concern or doubt, the club may ask for external evidence of the member’s asserted gender identity. If it is confirmed that a member is acting in bad faith and improperly asserts a gender identity, they may be asked to leave and their membership may be terminated.”

Fox News Digital asked Planet Fitness if the transgender individual violated any policy, to which the gym did not answer. However, in a comment thread on Facebook, Silva said Planet Fitness “allowed the man in the dressing room to remain a member.”

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Silva said she had received a call on Wednesday morning from the gym notifying her that they had canceled her membership.

“Planet Fitness is defending the man in the women’s locker room, the man with a penis, rather than the child in the corner with a towel wrapped around her,” Silva said.

Mark Wahlberg stands his ground on refusing recommended surgery

Mark Wahlberg will not have surgery to fix his knee after injuring it during the first day of filming for “Arthur the King.”

Wahlberg tore his meniscus and does not plan on having the recommended operation.

“I prefer to try to do corrective exercises versus surgery,” he told People magazine. “It’s not my thing.”

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Despite Wahlberg’s intense workout regimen, the actor often wakes up at 4 a.m. for exercise, he still injured himself running.

“[I was] running along a hill where we went up the embankment and just jumped off a little rock, landed on it wrong,” he explained.

“I kind of snapped my knee back, and it tore, but when I got it x-rayed, the doctor was pretty adamant about doing the surgery because what happens is, if it locks, it can lock in a bent and flexed position, and then you cannot move your knee until they perform the surgery,” Wahlberg added.

While the doctor suggested surgery, Wahlberg continued to film for the movie, which hit theaters March 15.

“I just said, ‘You know what? I got to kind of try to tough it out and see if I can get through the movie,'” he explained.

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Wahlberg previously told Fox News Digital that his role as Mikael Lindnord was the “most physically demanding role” he’s had in his life. The actor starred in the flick and produced it.

“I tore my meniscus the first day, and I’m producing the movie, so I couldn’t shut the production down. I had to fight through,” Wahlberg said. “These guys, you know, adventure racers, endurance athletes, [are] incredible, absolutely incredible.”

The 52-year-old actor gravitated toward “Arthur the King” because it is a “true story.”

“I always gravitate towards true stories,” he told Fox News Digital. “Remarkable, remarkable story, I cannot wait for people to see it. There’s not going to be a dry eye in the house, that’s for sure.”

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The film showcases “an adventure racer” who “adopts a stray dog named Arthur to join him in an epic endurance race.” 

“Arthur the King” also features a star-studded cast including Simu Liu, Michael Landes, Nathalie Emmanuel and Paul Guilfoyle.

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Teen sends Florida spring break into chaos as officials brace for wild St. Patrick’s Day

A teenager pulled a gun during a fight on a packed Florida beach in the midst of spring break this week and then ran through the crowd with the weapon in his hand.

“He’s got a gun. He’s got a gun,” people shouted as they ran in different directions on New Smyrna Beach on Thursday. A deputy from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office quickly intervened and barked orders at the gunman. 

“Drop the f—–g gun. Drop the f—–g gun,” the deputy screamed at the suspect, who is seen in bodycam footage running from the officer. 

The deputy chased him through New Smyrna Beach while still ordering him to drop the gun, as other law enforcement officers joined the foot pursuit and pushed back hordes of spring breakers. 

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The gunman – later identified as 16-year-old Felixander Solis-Guzman – ran into the water about knee-deep, where he stood for several minutes. 

Bodycam footage shows law enforcement officers with their guns drawn, lined up along the beach. 

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Guzman finally dropped the gun in the water, and officers closed around him, but the deputy yelled for them to back up in case he had another weapon. 

When backup arrived, and officers took cover behind open police car doors until the tense, five-minute standoff came to an end. 

Solis-Guzman complied with police officers’ orders and surrendered with his hands up. He was arrested without further incident.

Deputies found the gun and a bag with 20 small plastic baggies of marijuana, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

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Behind the police, bodycam footage caught a glimpse of the large crowd soaking in the sun in New Smyrna Beach, a coastal Florida city about 15 miles south of Daytona Beach, a popular spring break destination.

Solis-Guzman was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a person under 18, improper exhibition of a firearm, commission of a second-degree felony with a weapon, resistant law enforcement, two counts of tampering with evidence and sale of marijuana. 

The teenager also had seven active no-bond warrants out of Orange County, including robbery with a firearm and violating his probation. 

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Spring Break ’24 is like no other

Spring break in general has always been a hot-button topic in Florida, especially in Miami Beach and South Florida, which have seared visitors in more than 70-degree heat over the last two weeks.

Even before the annual bash began, officials in Miami Beach “broke up” with spring break, which the New York Post called a “bust” after week one because the crowds were virtually nonexistent. 

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That’s exactly what the mayor and city police wanted when they imposed draconian guidelines following last year’s mayhem, when two people were fatally shot, and police made 500 arrests (including 230 felony arrests) and seized 105 guns. 

The party moved up the coast to Fort Lauderdale, which was busier than usual for the first weekend, but officials told Fox News Digital that it had been a “successful” first weekend.

The real test starts this weekend, which also happens to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day, a popular party day.

“Our spring break crowds have been as expected so far this year, with this week being the busiest week we are anticipating,” Casey Liening, spokesperson for the Fort Lauderdale police, told Fox News Digital earlier this week. “We have not had any major issues or disturbances.”

The second and third weeks of March are historically the busiest spring break times and attract the largest crowds. 

State’s ‘unprecedented’ pre-emptive strike

Gov. Ron DeSantis said last week that over 140 state troopers, along with various other state resources, had been dispatched to South Florida as part of an “unprecedented” pre-emptive strike against spring break crime. 

The plan is to send 60 state troopers to reinforce communities throughout South Florida, with a high concentration in Miami Beach, according to the governor. 

Sixty more state troopers will mobilize in additional hot spots like Daytona Beach and Panama City Beach, and 24 quick-response troopers will be deployed in Bay, Volusia, Broward and Miami-Dade counties for immediate incidents.

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“This is really unprecedented,” DeSantis said during a March 5 press conference. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen the state come in this forward-leaning going into a season like this.”

“With all things considered, I think that we’re good and prepared as we’ve ever been throughout my time in the state of Florida,” he said.

Fox News Digital’s Emmett Jones contributed to this report. 

Pence says his decision about whether to endorse Trump ‘should come as no surprise’

Former Vice President Mike Pence has declined to endorse his onetime running mate, former President Trump, in a bombshell announcement Friday.

Pence, whose relationship soured with Trump after the January 6 riots wherein the president faulted him for refusing to send disputed electoral slates back to state legislatures in his then-role as president of the Senate, said his announcement, however, should not come as a shock.

“It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year,” Pence said on “The Story.”

“I’m incredibly proud of the record of our administration. It was a conservative record that made America more prosperous, more secure and saw conservatives appointed to our courts in a more peaceful world.”

Pence recounted how his presidential bid laid out the differences between himself and his former boss, and repeated his contention he did not have the right under the Electoral Count Act of 1887 – as Trump and some proponents claimed – to send disputed elector slates back to state legislators.

“[We have] our differences on my constitutional duties that I exercised on January 6 [2021],” he said.

Pence said Trump’s 2024 campaign portrays him as shirking the conservative commitment to reducing the national debt and the “sanctity of human life.”

He added that Trump’s latest comments about China and opposing a ban to TikTok in the U.S. also depict a reversal of his strong opposition while president to the Chinese-controlled social media app.

“Last week [was] his reversal on getting tough on China, and supporting our administration’s effort to force a sale of ByteDance [and] TikTok,” he said.

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Trump said Monday that the Gallagher-Krishnamoorthi TikTok bill some have described as a “ban” would only empower Facebook parent company Meta, which he has warred with over allegations it censors conservatives and antiestablishment thought.

“I consider Facebook to be an enemy of the people,” Trump told CNBC as part of his TikTok commentary.

When asked on “The Story” why Trump appeared to have a change of heart on TikTok, Pence said he couldn’t speculate on it specifically. He reiterated that he finds Trump to be pursuing a platform “at odds with the conservative agenda” the two men governed on for four years.

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A Politico report, however, cited Trump recently rekindled a previously terse relationship with the conservative Club for Growth, and noted one of its top contributors, Jeffrey Yass, the richest man in Pennsylvania, holds a 15% share in ByteDance.

However, Trump said he and Yass did not discuss TikTok but instead school choice when the two crossed paths during a recent donor retreat, according to FOX Business.

On “The Story,” Pence said regardless of his own support or lack thereof, Republican voters have made clear Trump is their choice this year.

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“What I’m going to spend the rest of this year on is talking about what we should be for. And that is the broad mainstream conservative agenda that’s defined our party and always made America strong and prosperous and free,” he said.

Pence also appeared to dismiss conjecture of a third-party run given his aversion to Trump’s candidacy, remarking, “I’m a Republican, Martha,” to Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum.

Pence also underlined he would not in any scenario vote for President Biden.

“How I vote when that curtain closes – that’ll be for me,” he said.

Trump to show support for ‘America First’ candidate in contentious GOP primary

Donald Trump is aiming for a repeat performance.

Two years ago, the former president backed JD Vance in Ohio’s crowded and combative Republican Senate nomination race, boosting Vance to victory in the GOP primary a couple of weeks later. 

Fast-forward to the present and Trump is returning to Ohio this weekend to once again support the Republican Senate candidate he endorsed in the state’s increasingly contentious GOP primary.

Trump, who earlier this week clinched the Republican presidential nomination and is now his party’s presumptive 2024 nominee, will headline a rally in Dayton, Ohio, Saturday for businessman Bernie Moreno. 

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Trump’s trip will come three days before the state’s March 19 primary. The rally was announced Monday night by Buckeye Values PAC, a pro-Moreno group.

The move came hours after state Sen. Matt Dolan, one of the two other major GOP Senate primary contenders, along with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, was endorsed by two-term Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a former longtime U.S. senator and state attorney general.

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Late last week, Dolan, a former top county prosecutor and Ohio assistant attorney general whose family owns Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Guardians, also landed the backing of former Sen. Rob Portman. DeWine and Portman are considered top members of Ohio’s Republican old guard or establishment.

“Matt Dolan has a vision for the future. He listens. He fights. And he knows how to get results for Ohio,” DeWine said in endorsing Dolan.

And DeWine has said Dolan’s the strongest Republican candidate to defeat longtime Democrat Sherrod Brown in November.

Dolan, who along with Moreno is making his second straight bid for the Senate in Ohio, has highlighted that he’s a supporter of Trump’s policies but not the former president’s personality. Dolan is the only one of the three major candidates not to seek Trump’s support.

Moreno, an immigrant who arrived in the U.S. legally from Colombia and later became a successful Cleveland-based businessman and luxury auto dealership giant, was endorsed by Trump in December.

Vance, who will campaign with Moreno across Ohio on Monday, last year backed him, which was seen as a prelude to the eventual Trump endorsement. Moreno also enjoys the support of two other Trump allies — Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, a Buckeye State native.

After DeWine endorsed Dolan, Moreno framed the race as a battle between “the America-First Republican Party” and the “RINO establishment.”

And Andy Surabian, a senior Moreno campaign adviser who’s close to Trump’s political orbit, emphasized in a social media post that “the Ohio Senate race is officially Team America First vs Team RINO.”

RINO is a term used to insult some in the GOP as “Republicans in name only.”

There’s been a dearth of public polling in the Republican Senate primary, and the three major campaigns are treating the race as a dead heat ahead of next week’s primary. Millions have been spent by the campaigns and aligned super PACs to flood the airwaves with negative attack ads.

And now Democrats are meddling in the primary. 

Duty and Country PAC, which is funded by Senate Majority PAC, the top super PAC supporting Senate Democrats, is dishing out nearly $3 million in the final days ahead of the primary to run ads boosting Moreno.

The winner of the GOP primary will face off in November against Brown, who is the only Democrat to win statewide in Ohio over the past decade. Brown is being heavily targeted by Republicans in a state that was once a premiere battleground before shifting red.

Democrats control the U.S. Senate with a 51-49 majority, but Republicans are looking at a favorable Senate map in 2024, with Democrats defending 23 of the 34 seats up for grabs. Three of those seats are in red states that Trump carried in 2020 — Ohio, Montana and West Virginia, where Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin is not running for re-election.

Five others seats are in key swing states narrowly carried by President Biden in 2020 — Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

As Trump locks up the GOP presidential nomination, he’s once again exerting increasing control over the Republican Party. 

A week ago, a top Trump ally and the former president’s daughter-in-law were installed as chair and co-chair of the Republican National Committee. On Monday, the new regime at the RNC pushed roughly 60 current staffers out the door.

But Trump’s clout with congressional Republicans suffered a setback this week, as the GOP-controlled House went against Trump’s wishes. A few weeks after downing a bipartisan border deal in Congress, partially due to the former president’s wishes, most House Republicans supported the passage — over Trump’s objections — of a bill that could eventually ban TikTok in the U.S.

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The showdown in Ohio is one of the few major down-ballot GOP primaries where the Trump-backed candidate is at risk of losing.

“Trump’s got a lot invested in Bernie Moreno,” veteran Republican strategist Matt Gorman said.

Longtime Ohio-based GOP consultant Mike Hartley, who remains neutral in this year’s primary, told Fox News “it’s important to Trump, evidenced by the fact that he’s coming into the state, just like he did for JD Vance.

“President Trump wants to have allies in Congress to help him get his agenda passed. I think it’s as simple as that,” Hartley added.

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Fugitive accused of killing National Guard soldier and her daughter to learn fate

The man who is allegedly responsible for the deaths of a National Guard mother and her 11-year-old daughter is expected to return to Massachusetts to face charges.

According to the Worcester District Attorney’s Office, Dejan Belnavis appeared in a San Diego, California courtroom Friday and signed a waiver of extradition, clearing the way for him to return to Massachusetts. 

Belnavis, 27, has been jailed in California since being apprehended Monday afternoon near the San Diego Zoo.

A multi-state manhunt transpired after the double-murder of Connecticut Army National Guard member Chastity Nuñez and her 11-year-old daughter, Zella.

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Belnavis has been on the run since the slaying of Nuñez and her daughter in Worcester, Massachusetts on March 5.

The mother-daughter duo were sitting in their parked SUV at 3 p.m. when two gunmen fired into their vehicle.

“Upon arrival, officers located a parked vehicle with two female gunshot victims inside,” the Worcester Police Department said. “The victims were identified as a mother and her daughter, and they were both pronounced deceased at the hospital.” 

The Worcester Police Department quickly linked Belnavis and 28-year-old Karel Mangual to the murder.

On March 6, one day following the shooting, Mangual was found and arrested.

“He is charged with Armed Assault to Murder and Carrying a Firearm without a License,” according to Worcester Police. “He also had a preexisting arrest warrant. He will be arraigned in court.”

Nuñez was mourned and remembered for her resiliency and dedication to serving her country.

“I’d describe Chasity as incredibly resilient, brilliantly intelligent, destined for success in her civilian and military careers, and more full of compassion than anyone I know,” National Guard spokesperson Maj. David Pytlik told Fox News Digital.

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Nuñez has received honors such as the National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Army Achievement Medal since joining the service in 2020, Pytlik said.

Pytlik said that she was killed in “senseless violence” and will be remembered for her “wit, social nature and dedication to duty.”

“Our hearts are broken because we lost Specialist Chasity Nunez to senseless violence. She and her daughter were killed while sitting in their vehicle in their own neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon,” Pytlik said. “Chasity was beloved by her fellow soldiers in the 142nd Medical Company.”

“Her wit, social nature and dedication to duty made her one of the best soldiers in our unit. I cannot begin to make sense of why this happened and why her family, friends, co-workers and fellow soldiers have been robbed of her and Zella,” Pytlik added. “What we can, and must do now, is support one another as we grieve, process this profound loss and honor their memory.”

Nuñez’s daughter, Zella, was also killed by the gunman and was remembered as a “high-achieving” student who was well liked and well respected.

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“At the school Zella attended, she was known as a high-achieving sixth-grade student who had many friends and was well respected by her teachers,” a spokesperson from the Worcester Public Schools told Fox News Digital.

Luke Bryan’s bar pours cold water on theory about student who vanished in Nashville

Luke Bryan’s downtown Nashville bar said that the missing Missouri college student was served just one alcoholic drink, despite his parents saying that the bar had overserved him prior to his mysterious disappearance.

TC Restaurant Group, the operator and owner of Luke’s 32 Bridge, released a statement on 22-year-old Riley Strain’s disappearance, saying that he had purchased one alcoholic drink during his visit on March 8.

“During Riley’s visit to Luke’s 32 Bridge, our records show he purchased and was served one alcoholic drink and two waters,” the group said.

The bar’s statement comes after Riley’s parents insisted that their son had been “overserved.”

“The bartender said he had been overserved,” Chris Whiteid, Strain’s stepfather, told FOX 17. “He was trying to pay his tab.”

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The bar said that the security team “made a decision based on our conduct standards” to remove the senior University of Missouri student from the Music City bar.

“At 9:35 p.m., our security team made a decision based on our conduct standards to escort him from the venue through our Broadway exit at the front of our building,” the bar said. “He was followed down the stairs with one member of his party. The individual with Riley did not exit and returned upstairs.”

TC Restaurant Group indicated that they are working closely with authorities in the search for the missing college student.

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“In our effort to help the Nashville Metro Police Department’s Missing Persons investigation of Riley Strain, we proactively provided detailed information quickly after his visit to our business on March 8. This information included all security camera footage, photos of Riley at our establishment with detailed time stamps, transaction records, and staff accounts,” the group said. “Additionally, we proactively engaged in communication with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission and will continue to communicate and provide any records needed to aid their ongoing investigation.”

After being asked to leave the bar, Strain told his friends that he would head back to their accommodations at Tempo by Hilton, which is about five blocks away from Luke’s 32, FOX 17 reported.

When his friends did not see him again at their hotel later that evening, they filed a missing persons report, Strain’s cousin, Chelsea Strain said.

“My family left as soon as they heard the news, along with his dad and stepmom. He is not one to leave and not call anyone,” she said. “I talked to him every week, if not every other day, to check on him. He talks to his mom more than once a day. All of us are worried. My family, along with his dad, stepmom and step-siblings, all just want him home. We want to hold him and love him. We want to watch him graduate in May at Mizzou. He has a bright future ahead of him.”

When Strain left the bar, however, he appeared to walk in the opposite direction of his hotel. His phone last pinged between 10 and 10:30 p.m. in the area of Public Square Park, located near the sheriff’s office and the Cumberland River, according to FOX 17.

“This is definitely the worst nightmare,” Whiteid said. “He talks to his mom three or four times a day. For him to go this long without talking is not normal by any means.”

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Authorities are asking anyone with information about Riley’s disappearance to contact 615-862-8600.

Fox News has reached out to TC Restaurant Group for comment.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

Biden admin looks to crack down on fast-food ice cream machines

The U.S. government is demanding that constantly broken-down soft serve ice cream machines at McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants be more easily fixable. 

In a letter to the U.S. Copyright Office this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust division called for exemptions for “commercial soft serve machines” from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a law that makes it difficult for franchise owners to do their own repairs or hire a third-party repair technician. 

Currently, only technicians licensed by the company that makes McDonald’s soft serve ice cream machines are allowed to do digital repairs.

The joint letter to the Copyright Office said, “In the Agencies’ view, renewing and expanding repair-related exemptions would promote competition in markets for replacement parts, repair, and maintenance services, as well as facilitate competition in markets for repairable products.”

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They added that “soft serve equipment breakdown can lead to $625 per day loss of sales … there are long wait times for authorizer repairs, and … a licensed repair technician charges over $300 per 15 minutes.”

In 2021, the FTC started looking into complaints by consumers and McDonald’s franchise owners, who claimed they were losing money on soft serve machines that were constantly breaking down while waiting for them to be fixed by an authorized technician.

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In 2022, McDonald’s was sued by an ice cream repair company for $900 million, after the company banned franchise owners from using a product of theirs which allows for an easy fix of soft serve machines. 

The device would allow franchise owners to troubleshoot digital problems with the machine via Wi-Fi, rather than waiting for an authorized fix by Taylor, the restaurant equipment company that exclusively makes McDonald’s ice cream machines. 

McDonald’s claimed the device violated the machine’s warranty and said it could cause “serious human injury,” according to the New York Post.

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Fox Business has reached out to McDonald’s and Taylor for comment. 

United flight lands at airport missing piece of plane in latest air travel fright

A Boeing aircraft operated by United Airlines landed at an Oregon airport on Friday missing an external panel, the airline said. 

United Flight 433 departed San Francisco and landed safely at its destination, the Rogue Valley International/Medford Airport in Medord, Oregon, around 11:30 a.m., a United spokesperson told Fox News Digital. 

“After the aircraft was parked at the gate, it was discovered to be missing an external panel,” the airline said. “We’ll conduct a thorough examination of the plane and perform all the needed repairs before it returns to service.”

The Boeing 737 was carrying 139 passengers and 6 crew members. No one was injured. 

Operations at the airport were briefly paused while a safety check on the runway was completed and no debris was found, Medford airport Director Amber Judd said. 

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The aircraft didn’t declare an emergency at the airport as there was no indication of damage during ther flight, United said. 

An investigation will be opened to determine how the panel came apart, the airline said. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will also open an investigation, an FAA spokesperson told Fox News Digital. 

The 25-year-old aircraft involved in Friday’s incident was first delivered to Continental Airlines, which merged with United in 2012, in December 1998, according to Airfleets, which tracks information on civil aircraft. 

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Boeing aircraft have been involved in a series of mid-flight incidents that have raised questions about the company’s safety record. 

On Wednesday, an American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Los Angeles after a possible mechanical issue aboard a Boeing 777 airplane.

On Monday, United Airlines Flight 830, which was heading from Sydney to San Francisco, was forced to turn around mid-flight due to a fuel leak. The Boeing 777-300 plane was carrying 167 passengers and 16 crew members when it returned to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport in Australia.

Hours earlier, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that was traveling from Sydney to Auckland experienced a technical issue that resulted in injuries to 50 passengers.

Boeing referred questions about Friday’s incident to United. 

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On Friday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about concerns over airline safety and the rash of Boeing mishaps. 

“I think what Americans should know is that FAA is doing everything that it can to make sure that Americans feel safe. They are these actions,” she said. “We stand by those actions to make sure that there is increased safety oversight of Boeing. And that’s what the American people should feel reassured by that. The FAA is doing everything that they can to make sure that we get to the bottom of it.”

Fox News Digital’s Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.