McDonald’s, Now Home Of The Big Mac & The Mini Embassy

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

“I’ll take one box of McNuggets and one McPassport to go, please.”

The fast-food restaurants have become so ubiquitous around the world that the U.S. Embassy in Vienna has selected the McDonald’s chain to serve as a “mini embassy” for American tourists. 

"American citizens traveling in Austria who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the U.S. Embassy can enter – as of today – any McDonald's in Austria, and staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services," the announcement by the U.S. Embassy read. 

Services include reporting a lost or stolen passport or seeking travel assistance. Employees at the restaurants won’t be able to issue passports, but they will be trained to help U.S. citizens contact the embassy 24/7 for such services.

The post featured a photo of U.S. Ambassador to Austria Trevor Traina and Isabelle Kuster, managing director of McDonald's Austria, shaking hands over the signed agreement, a cup of McCafe coffee sitting off to the side on the table.

The Golden Arch chain was selected as the safe haven because of the "brand's great fame among Americans,” McDonald’s spokesperson Wilhelm Baldia told 

Naturally, the Facebook post announcing the partnership elicited quips and mockery from social media users.

"I will have a small coffee, Egg McMuffin and a passport, on the side please,” wrote one user.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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