McDonald’s Apologizes for, Removes Halloween Decorations That Look Like a Lynching


Earlier this week, McDonald’s posted a number of “Halloween Menu Hacks” that its customers can make at home, but only if they order McDelivery through Uber Eats. “By combining McDonald’s delivery favorites with items you already have at home, it’s never been more convenient to create fun, themed treats,” the company said, before legit writing step-by-step directions for using two French fries to make vampire fangs.

Some of its other high-concept ideas involve combining barbecue sauce and ranch dressing in a bowl, dipping apple slices into a McFlurry, and failing to understand what a menu hack really is. As dumb as this all is, at least it’s completely inoffensive, which is more than anyone can say about the decorations inside one of its Massachusetts restaurants.

Last week, Erik Pocock was placing an order at the McDonald’s in North Andover, Massachusetts when he noticed that the area below each cash register had been decorated for the holiday. He saw a mildly malevolent jack o’lantern, a giant spider suspended by a single thread… and the silhouette of a man hanging from a tree.

“It looked like a typical Halloween decoration. It said ‘Happy Halloween.’ It had some spiderwebs and some spiders and, like, a haunted tree and I was like: ‘Oh, that’s cute,’” he told WCVB. “Then, you look closer and that’s not cute. That’s not right.”

He recorded a video of the hanging man and posted it on Twitter, and asked the @McDonalds account to “explain…

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