by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
A scandalous photo has been circulating the web over the past weekend causing many McDonald’s customers grievous heartache. The picture shows what looks like a McDonald’s flyer posted in a McDonald’s restaurant window that reads:
“As an insurance measure due in part to a recent string of robberies, African-American customers are now required to pay an additional fee of $1.50 per transaction.”
According to Gawker, “people tweeted and retweeted the photo, using the words ‘Seriously McDonalds’ to express their disappointment with the fast-food chain.” McDonald’s wasted no time in defending themselves against this allegedly fabricated photo that has been circulating on Twitter and other social network websites.
McDonald’s tweeted on Saturday, “That pic is a senseless & ignorant hoax McD’s values ALL our customers. Diversity runs deep in our culture on both sides of the counter.” Despite their declaration via Twitter, the picture continues to circulate on the web. Yesterday, McDonald’s addressed their patrons on Twitter once again saying, “That Seriously McDonalds picture is a hoax.” It looks like no matter how much McDonald’s tries to deny the photo and protect their image, the picture will continue to shock those who find it. The company may not make any progress with out taking their defensive claims to other media outlets such as television and radio.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.