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Seriously McDonald’s – African Americans Pay More Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on January 25th, 2012

A racist image, which has circulated via social media websites and email since at least 2010, depicts a sign taped to a window that claims that McDonald’s is now charging African-American customers an extra $1.50 per transaction as “an insurance measure due in part to a recent string of robberies”. 

Not surprisingly, the message is a hoax. The McDonald’s Corporation has no such policy. McDonald’s posted the following Twitter message in response to the 2011 incarnation of the hoax:

It is unclear who created the picture and launched the hoax. Some reports suggest that the picture was first posted on the 4Chan message board.

In a strange extra twist, the phone number shown in the image was actually a customer satisfaction number for KFC.

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Subject: Seriously McDonald’?


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.

Thank you for your cooperation,
McDonald’s Corporation
(800) 225-5532

McDonalds Hoax SIgn

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