US Ambassador to Austria Trevor D. Traina has inked an agreement with Isabelle Kuster, the country’s managing director of McDonald’s, to grant permission to Golden Arches restaurants across Austria to offer consular support to US citizens if the embassy isn’t available.
"American citizens traveling in Austria who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the U.S. Embassy can enter – as of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – any McDonald's in Austria, and staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services", the announcement made via the official US Embassy Vienna Facebook page reads.
Apparently, Americans will now be able to report a lost or stolen passport or simply seek travel assistance at McDonald’s while drowning their sorrows with a Big Mac.
"We were approached with the request by the US Consulate. Firstly, because of the brand's great fame among Americans, and secondly, because there are a lot of branches in Austria”, Wilhelm Baldia, a McDonald’s spokesman, told The Independent.
The announcement has become a real sensation on Facebook: many users did not hesitate to flood the comments section with jokes: "Introducing the McVisa!" one netizens wrote, while another penned, "One McPassport to go, please".
A fellow user came up with another suggestion on how to expand the newly-minted "embassy's" services: "If we can also file our US tax as expat at McD, then we are talking".