The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna (@usembvienna) announced on FB that the U.S. Ambassador to Austria Trevor D. Traina signed a Memorandum of Agreement with McDonald’s Austria that would allow the Golden Arches to assist Americans in need. McDonald’s staff will reportedly assist Americans in distress if they need consular assistance but have no way to contact the U.S. Embassy.
It looks like this FB post is actually their most popular one with over 200 comments though with varied reactions from the public.
“Come on! It sounds so ridiculous!”
“Happy meal for the distressed Americans in Austria 🍔
“One McPassport to go, please”
“Can I get uh….. a… diplomatic assistance meal please?”
“Would you like to supersize your passport? “
“I will have small coffee, egg mcmuffin and a passport, on the side please”
“The land of the fries and the home of Big Mac.”
“Can you help me find the McEmbassy?”
“As a U.S. citizen, I find it odd that this seems to be an endorsement for a specific corporation.”
One commenter asked if “this in lieu of a staffed embassy?” and US Embassy Vienna set that right with “Certainly not. Our Embassy is fully staffed and ready to assist American citizens in need. This partnership is only one extra way for Americans to connect to the Embassy when they are in an emergency situation.”
"One McPassport to go please"
BBC News – McDonald's in Austria offers hotline to embassy https://t.co/5m6WFVhmwA
— Zhaoyin Feng 馮兆音 (@ZhaoyinFeng) May 15, 2019
— New Straits Times (@NST_Online) May 15, 2019
“American citizens traveling in Austria who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the US Embassy can enter any McDonald's in Austria, and staff will assist them in making contact with the US Embassy," the embassy said.https://t.co/pFKUIt3N4O
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 15, 2019