McDonald's forced to close sites due to frenzied scenes

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Several McDonald's stores were shut on Wednesday in Indonesia, after K-Pop fans went into a frenzy over the fast food giants latest promotion.

Jakarta in Indonesia shut the doors of more than 30 McDonald's outlets, which were inundated with online food orders for a BTS McDonald's meal, named after the South Korean boy band.

Photos show several delivery drivers crammed into McDonald's stores and spilling out into the street, trying to pick up the orders.

"We temporarily closed four of six McDonald's stores here in Semarang for a couple of days," Fajar Purwoto, the city's public order agency head, said according to AFP.

"I don't want Semarang to be in the Covid-19 red zone again."

Several McDonald's stores in Indonesia were shut, due to the influx of orders seeking a BTS Meal. Source: AFP via Getty Images
Several McDonald's stores in Indonesia were shut, due to the influx of orders seeking a BTS Meal. Source: AFP via Getty Images

In a statement, Satpol PP, the State-Supervising Police, said 32 McDonald's outlets were temporarily closed, due to violations of health protocols.

"There are six outlets in Central Jakarta, six in West Jakarta, five in North Jakarta,nine outlets in South Jakarta and six in East Jakarta which were subject to sanctions by joint officers," the statement said.

"Business place managers are requested to jointly comply with health protocols in order to reduce the spread of Covid 19 in the capital."

Due to Covid-19 protocols, businesses are limited to 50 per cent capacity to avoid large crowds and arrangements must be in place to ensure distances between customers and consumers.

Jakarta Metro Police spokesman said authorities have asked the BTS meal be discontinued "for now", Coconuts Jakarta reported.

BTS is a boy band from South Korea, who have gained fans and popularity around the world. The band's latest single Butter is sitting on top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.

Food delivery riders queue up at a McDonalds outlet in Bogor on June 9, to buy the new BTS-meal deal for hungry fans in the K-Pop mad country. Source: AFP via Getty Images
Food delivery riders queue up at a McDonalds outlet in Bogor on June 9, to buy the new BTS-meal deal for hungry fans in the K-Pop mad country. Source: AFP via Getty Images

Nugget from popular meal sells for nearly $130,000

Earlier this month, a nugget from the BTS McDonald's meal was sold for nearly $130,000 on eBay.

The nugget is shaped like a character from the video game Among Us and according to the listing, it "originated from a BTS Combo meal".

According to the eBay listing, there were over 180 bids on the sole chicken nugget, the winning bid being $US99,997 ($A128,945).

with AFP

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