McDonald's in Austria will double as mini U.S. embassies for tourists

USA TODAY

Published 6:55 PM EDT May 14, 2019

American tourists will soon be able to get more than a Big Mac at McDonald's in Austria. 

The U.S. Embassy in Vienna announced on Facebook that Golden Arches restaurants in Austria will serve as mini embassies for American tourists, starting Wednesday. 

"American citizens traveling in Austria who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the U.S. Embassy can enter – as of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – any McDonald's in Austria, and staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services," the announcement read. 

Consular services include reporting a lost or stolen passport or seeking travel assistance.

The post featured a picture of United States Ambassador to Austria Trevor Traina and Isabelle Kuster, managing director of McDonald's Austria, shaking hands over the signed agreement and a cup of McCafe coffee.

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In a statement to Independent.co.uk, McDonald’s spokesperson Wilhelm Baldia said the U.S. Consulate selected the fast-food company because of the "brand's great fame among Americans."

Although employees at the restaurants will not be able to issue passports, they will be trained to help U.S. citizens contact the embassy 24/7 for such services, Baldia added.

McDonald's in Austria will double as mini U.S. embassies for tourists

Naturally, social media users poked fun at the new collaboration. 

"Can I get a vanilla shake with my visa please?" one user joked, while another added, "I will have small coffee, egg mcmuffin and a passport, on the side please."

USA TODAY reached out to McDonald's for comment. 

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