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Photos: McDonald's to answer shareholders over wage protests

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- McDonald's is set to face criticism on issues including worker pay and marketing to children at its shareholders meeting Thursday morning.

Critics plan to confront CEO Don Thompson during the question-and-answer portion of the annual event. Already on Wednesday, McDonald's closed one of its buildings in Oak Brook, Illinois, where hundreds of protesters had planned to demonstrate over the low wages paid to its workers.

Protesters targeted another site on the company's headquarters in suburban Chicago, and more than 138 were arrested after they refused to leave the property.

The protesters were out again before the meeting was set to begin Thursday, chanting "I want, I want, I want my $15."

Shawn Dalton, 59, traveled from Pittsburgh, saying she wanted to support fast-food and minimum-wage workers. Dalton said her daughter is a recent high school graduate who can't afford to go to college right away, so she'll likely wind up earning Pennsylvania's $7.25-an-hour minimum wage.

Inside the meeting, individuals affiliated with Corporate Accountability intended to once again bring up the company's marketing to children. Last year, the group made headlines after it arranged to have a 9-year-old girl ask Thompson to stop "tricking" kids into eating McDonald's food.

McDonald's representatives didn't immediately respond when asked if they planned to change the way it conducts its question-and-answer period this year. In past years, people have been able to stand and directly address executives.

Shareholder meetings offer a rare opportunity for average investors to face top executives at publicly traded companies. Public pension funds and activist groups often show up in hopes of changing corporate practices.

The McDonald's meeting is a frequent target because of the company's high profile.

Photos from the protest

Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets near the
Photo Credit: AP / Bev Horne

Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets near the McDonald's corporate campus in Oak Brook, Ill., on May 21, 2014, railing about low wages and seeking $15 per hour for the rank and file. The Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago's Fight for 15 said in a statement that restaurant workers have held strikes and protests six times in the past 1 1/2 years challenging the company's median wage of $8.94.

Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets on May
Photo Credit: AP / Bev Horne

Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets on May 21, 2014, near the McDonald's corporate campus in Oak Brook, Ill., railing about low wages and seeking $15 per hour for the rank and file. The Wednesday protest is a preview of what the group said it plans for Thursday's annual stockholder's meeting.

Protesters walk down Jorie Boulevard on May 21,
Photo Credit: AP / Bev Horne

Protesters walk down Jorie Boulevard on May 21, 2014, near the McDonald's corporate campus in Oak Brook, Ill. The company closed one of its five buildings in anticipation of the protests.

Police hold back fast food workers and activists
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson

Police hold back fast food workers and activists demonstrating at the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014, in Oak Brook, Ill.

Police hold back fast food workers and activists
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson

Police hold back fast food workers and activists demonstrating at the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014, in Oak Brook, Ill.

Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson

Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014, in Oak Brook, Ill.

Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson

Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014, in Oak Brook, Ill.

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