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Kids cause mayhem at McDonald’s, challenging themselves to eat 60 servings of fries in one sitting

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By Philip Kendall

Some of you may have already seen the recent Internet meme featuring a truck-load of everyone’s favorite starchy vegetable spilled all over the road. But no country is consuming more potato this week than Japan, thanks to McDonald’s latest promotion.

Offering small, medium and large-sized fries for just 150 yen, the fast food chain has seen an influx of people taking advantage of the promotional campaign and filling up for less, no doubt prompting heads of McMarketing to call the offer a huge McCess success.

That is, however, until the end of last week when photos appeared on Twitter showing high school kids buying up 60 large-sized cartons of fries at once in an attempt to eat them all in one sitting.

The kids entered a branch of McDonald’s opposite Okayama station in the Chugoku region on Oct 28, whereupon they bought and spread out an incredible 60 servings of the heavily-salted fries before settling down to take on a self-imposed challenge.

A photo promptly showed up on Twitter, along with a comment inviting people to come and watch: “We’re here on the second floor of McDonald’s opposite the station trying to eat 60 orders of fries. Everyone, come and support us!”

Despite the fact that the kids later tweeted to say that not a single fry was wasted, the act was criticised by many online, especially after it became clear that the stunt caused havoc at the restaurant.

The potato challenge took over three hours to complete, and once the original tweet had been circulated more than 2,000 times, dozens of kids showed up to witness the spectacle and cheer them on. While at the time the kids involved probably couldn’t believe that they’d gone viral across the internet, they soon felt the sting of minor fame when other diners and staff at the restaurant began to complain.

Since the gluttonous group began their challenge at 11 a.m., their enormous order naturally had a negative effect on other customers who found themselves unable to buy fries as the kitchen struggled to keep pumping them out. Meanwhile, the second floor of the restaurant became overwhelmed with high schoolers gathering to watch, taking up two dining boxes and blocking the walkways.

Twitter was not pleased…

“The guys who did this are idiots. As are the guys who sold them the fries in the first place…”

“Cultural standards are indeed slipping”

“They could do this at night time and cause a lot less hassle.”

“Or at least buy the fries and do it somewhere else?”

“There’s no limit to the amount of time a person can spend or food they can buy at a restaurant. But these people have to be aware that their behaviour has a negative effect on other…”

“Is something this trivial and stupid really that much fun!? It doesn’t take much to amuse some people, does it?”

“I don’t see the problem here- this kind of act seems perfectly fitting for a place like McDonald’s…”

“Countryside; brats; Twitter; the three sacred treasures…”

McDonald’s has become something of a haven for high schoolers since staff rarely ask them to move on even if they sit nursing a single hamburger for hours while using a table to study at or hang out with their friends, and while the company sells food at prices that even unemployed kids can afford, it’s bound to attract their business. Of course, no-one asked the kids to buy so many fries or to publicise their stunt online, but kids will be kids, and ultimately someone working at the restaurant must have realised that it might not be a good idea to provide them with so much food in one go, and, as one Twitter user commented: “People giving the kids a hard time really ought to have been complaining to the staff first; it’s their job to run their restaurant well, and they sold them the fries in the first place…”

Source: Itai News

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Yuck

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'We Japanese only eat healthy Japanese food: the healthiest food in the world.'

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So how many kids were involved? If it was just a couple, this is pretty Mcgross but if it was a bunch of 10 or more that's not so many fries per kid. As a bottomless-pit teenager, my son would devour 5 or 6 helpings of potatoes (or of anything) if he was allowed to (he wasn't, not to my knowledge at least). All the non-customer kids crowding in to watch were the problem, and the staff should have handled that better.

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Future heart attack patients

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Dawn of the dead-heads !

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The toilet shall have its revenge.

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they should train their staff to throw those orange Mc paintballs at these kids and not at the dorobos

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Isn't this "news" a week old already? October 28?

Kids being kids. Beats them stabbing or shooting each other. Move on folks, nothing to see here.

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Reminds me of my time working at these joints during high school.

A guy steps up to the counter and ordered 100 hamburgers and the one taking the order being a newbie questioned will you eat in or to go?

The guy just blinked for a second and answered back with a straight face to go, us in the kitchen since it was a slow day heard the conversation and was just laughing.

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One more thing

who found themselves unable to buy fries as the kitchen struggled to keep pumping them out.

This is a bit of an exaggeration since one basket can fry about 20 helpings and a fryer can fry two basket at one time meaning they can fry about 40 helpings at one time. It takes about 3 minutes to fry so even if you add time to bag them it will take only about ten minutes to serve 60 helpings.

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This is a bit of an exaggeration since one basket can fry about 20 helpings and a fryer can fry two basket at one time meaning they can fry about 40 helpings at one time. It takes about 3 minutes to fry so even if you add time to bag them it will take only about ten minutes to serve 60 helpings.

20 helpings? I don't know about that. I used to work at McDonalds and I can tell ya a single basket can hold about 2-3 large fries worth.

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60 boxs of fries, I suppose thats a lot for the Japanese children but here in the UK and the USA thats normal, thats why alot of our children and adults are obese, good luck with the sumo training kids !!

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Better than a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, but still just as stupid to do. At least they are more likely to just throw it all up rather than die like with cinnamon.

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I get more annoyed by the one person who sits in a four seater table for ages while a family of four has no place to sit.

Not to mention people who study in Starbucks or Macs for hours after they've finished their drink.

Better to have teenagers who do harmless pranks like that than the ones in other countries who beat people up.

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Grease, salt & fried potatoes are ok for 'fun' once in a while but attiude behind is debatable.

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not news worthy unless the eaters were kawaiiiiiiiiii babes in their sailor uniforms. LOL

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They must have got the idea from somewhere...hmm. Can't imagine where- oh yes! any number of national and international food-eating contests, that's where. What's the biggie?

Probably the onlookers caused more hassle than the kids themselves, and should have ordered something.

I bet their school (which hasn't been mentioned here; I wonder how long the principal begged the press not to release the name?) has given them a right bollocking, and that's all the punishment they need.

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If the "restaurant" struggles to cook 60 portions of fries in three hours they can't be very good at their job. The children are lucky they didn't make themselves ill after eating so much salt and grease.

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