Lost US passport in Austria? Go to McDonald's for help

Outlets of the US fast food chain throughout Austria will help American citizens from Wednesday to get in touch with their embassy. (File/AFP)
Updated 15 May 2019
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Lost US passport in Austria? Go to McDonald's for help

  • Outlets of the US fast food chain throughout Austria will help American citizens from Wednesday to get in touch with their embassy
  • The US embassy did not immediately return a request for comment if Austria was the only country offering such services at McDonald's

VIENNA: Lost and hungry for help? American citizens who find themselves in distress in Austria can now seek support at an unusual address -- McDonald's.
Under a new partnership, outlets of the US fast food chain throughout Austria will help American citizens from Wednesday to get in touch with their embassy, it said on Facebook.
"Staff (at any McDonald's in Austria) will assist them in making contact with the US Embassy for consular services," the embassy wrote.
Consular services include reporting a lost or stolen passport or seeking travel assistance, the post said.
The US embassy did not immediately return a request for comment if Austria was the only country offering such services at McDonald's.
Facebook users commenting on the post wasted no time in coining terms such as "McVisa" and "McPassport".
While some hailed the move as "awesome", others seemed less impressed.
"Because apparently we are too incompetent to look up the us embassy online??" one user wrote.


You’ll never eat alone at the ‘LiverFuul’ street food cart

Updated 22 May 2019
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You’ll never eat alone at the ‘LiverFuul’ street food cart

  • Many Egyptians support Liverpool FC because of Mohammed Salah
  • The dishes are named after various players in the team

CAIRO: In Ain Shams, just east of Cairo, an ordinary street food outlet has been transformed into something of a shrine to English football club, Liverpool FC.

The LiverFuul cart is testament to two things — Egyptians’ love of the fava bean dish called fuul and their adoration of Egyptian Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah.

Somehow, owner Mohammed Ibrahim Sayed managed to marry his love of food and football to create the café that is drawing cheers and laughs on social media.

(Arab News)

And he didn’t stop with the pun-tastic name, Sayed also came up with a slogan for his outlet based on the football club’s own — he changed “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to “You’ll Never Eat Alone” and came up with a logo based on Liverpool’s.

“We were thinking about a start-up for Ramadan and we landed on the idea of a fuul cart, which many Egyptians visit for the suhoor meal,” Sayed told Arab News.

“As for the name, (it had) to be different and, at the same time, relevant and trendy. Nothing was more trending than Liverpool FC in Egypt because of our Egyptian player Mohammed Salah. That’s how we landed on LiverFuul.”

(Arab News)

And the quirky, football-related names don’t stop there, each dish on the menu is named after a Liverpool player.

Peckish customers can order Wijnaldum falafel, named after the Dutch player, while those after a hearty dish of fuul can order the Origi beans, named after another player.

Defender Virgil van Dijk also has a dish named after him.

(Arab News)

"After the success we have found on the street and on social media platforms, we are thinking of expanding and thinking of more vehicles in different places in Cairo," Sayed said. 

“The young people come from everywhere in Cairo, in addition to the people of the neighborhood,” Sayed added.