One guy’s simple idea has been adopted by the Macca’s faithful to feed the homeless.
It occured to Matt Lawson, a photographer from Melbourne, that people who won free burgers, fries and drinks in the annual McDonald’s Monopoly promotion, currently running in Australia, could give their winning coupons to those less fortunate for a tasty Macca’s fillup.
“McDonald’s is currently running the monopoly game and I’ve got an idea,” Lawson posted on Facebook earlier this week.
“If you win free food by purchasing food you would of bought anyway, why not put your tokens in a jar and take them to an area where you know there are people less fortunate than yourself?”
“I did it today and if all of us do it together we can be part of a small change. FEEL FREE TO SHARE #bethechange #monopolisecharity.”
“I know it’s still consuming junk food, but (we) can teach our kids and ourselves a lesson in giving with no taking,” Lawson added.
Since announcing the simple idea, the Facebook post has recieved over 36,000 likes and shares and more than 1,300 comments.
There was reportedly initially some pushback against the idea from the great golden arches, based on a technicality that the tokens are non-transferrable and so could only be claimed on by the original purchaser.
However, as anyone who’s played McDonald’s Monopoly knows, they never ask you for a reciept. So they have now given their support to the campaign.
“We admire Matt’s efforts and it’s up to customers how they use their tickets,” the company said in a statemnet on Thursday in response to the growing support for the McCharitable idea.
“We’ll honour any ticket presented in restaurant.”