Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Would you like fries with that wedding?

Hey, remember this summer put out by McDonald's that found the chain's restaurants were a popular date location? Well, it gets better. Much better.

Three McDonald's outlets in Hong Kong are now offering "McWeddings," or the chance to get married under the Golden Arches. According to a local McDonald's executive quoted by Reuters: "Traditional weddings use cherries for the newlyweds to eat together and kiss. We will have French fries for them to kiss... People said they'd dated here (McDonald's restaurants), or met here, and wanted to get married here ... We see this as a business chance."

Well, I guess that's not too surprising, aside from the fact that some people apparently met at McDonald's. How weird would that be? "Hey baby, come here often?" "Why yes I do, I just love what the chef does with the chicken nuggets."

Then again, given that people are willing to have and Lord of the Rings weddings, it's sort of inevitable that somebody would want to get hitched at McDonald's. The only question is: how long till KFC and the rest follow? Marriage is supposed to be the ultimate symbolization of two becoming one, which sounds very much like the thinking behind a recently introduced product. Let's cut to the chase: hey KFC, about a Double Down wedding?

The McWeddings also remind me of the restaurant here in Toronto with the idea of promoting sex in its bathrooms as a way to draw patrons in for Valentine's Day.

All of this is proof that food, sex and love are all very intimately intertwined.


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