Two fast-food lovers deprived of McDonald’s amid the coronavirus pandemic embarked on a 400km round trip to get their hands on a meal from the famous golden arches.
Ryan Hall and Paisley Hamilton, both 23, had endured eight weeks without McDonald’s after all of the fast-food giant’s franchises in the UK were forced to close due to restrictions.
Yet as McDonald’s last week announced the opening of a handful of stores in England’s south, Mr Hall and Ms Hamilton, who live in the north of the country, decided they’d waited long enough.
The pair decided to drive the 400km round trip to Peterborough along the coast from their homes in Hull.
“It was definitely a ‘f*** it’ moment which actually ended up costing me a lot of money. But I’d do it all again. It was so worth it,” Mr Hall told The Sun.
He revealed the trip took nearly seven hours, which included a 30-minute wait in the Drive-thru queue.
Their order included a large big mac meal with a coke, a large 6 nugget meal with coke, two double cheeseburgers, a McChicken sandwich, a regular cheeseburger and one Filet-O-Fish.
“The smell was amazing... We were mesmerised by the food and wolfed it down,” he said.
Pair slammed on social media for Macca’s jaunt
Yet it seems not everyone was as impressed as Mr Hall, with social media users taking to Facebook to slam the trip.
“Essential journey?????? Selfish, while doctors and nurses risking their lives in hospital why do they bother,” one person said.
“Have any of these people risking it for a McDonald's who think it’s funny actually lost someone to the virus?” another asked.
Others were a little more understanding.
“So what, they didn’t hurt anyone by doing it,” one person said.
And some couldn’t look past their order.
“These are the only people I've ever known to buy the Fillet of Fish.”
Several users referenced Dominic Cummings, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top aide, who was found to have travelled to County Durham in England’s north from London despite having coronavirus symptoms.
“Mr Cummings can do the silly things, why not do the same,” one person declared.
Under current England restrictions, buying food is deemed as an essential outing and individuals can travel as far as they wish to spend time outdoors.
However people cannot travel with someone from outside their home unless they can guarantee social distancing.
Public gatherings of more than two people from different households are also banned.
McDonald’s has announced the opening of hundreds of more stores across the UK for next month.
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