Racism at McDonald’s is a Hoax

30 01 2012

“Making the Twitter rounds on a super-sized scale over the weekend (under the hashtag of #seriouslymcdonalds) was this obviously fake sign that’s allegedly in a McDonald’s restaurant. It claims that “African-American customers are now required to pay an additional fee of $1.50 per transaction.” The picture originated on twitpic and has gone viral from there.

A tipoff that this is a fake? We called that 800 number you see at the bottom of the sign, and it connected to the KFC Customer Satisfaction Hotline. But really, think about it: Would any McDonald’s franchisee or employee tape such a sign on the door of a McDonald’s restaurant? It would be career suicide.

Further proof: On McDonald’s official Twitter account, the company says it’s a hoax:

Ultimate proof: We called the company and got an official statement from Rick Wion, McDonald’s director of social media:

“The sign is obviously a hoax. As a company and a brand we have a long and proud history of diversity inclusion across our system on both sides of the counter.

“From our management crew, franchisees — across the board, we’re very proud of our record of diversity. This is unfortunately an example of how rumors can outspeed the truth. Over the last 48 hours we’ve been tweeting and striving to clarify that this is a hoax.'”

 

See full article at:  http://mashable.com/2011/06/12/seriouslymcdonalds/

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