Burger King, tired of watching McDonald’s cash in every St Patrick’s Day with its Shamrock Shakes, decided to offer a special menu item for the holiday at its locations in Maine. The McWhopper, which was just the chain’s famous burger dyed green with food coloring, was meant to be a monster hit.
Instead, it led to the Health Department closing every Burger King in Maine today.
“We received dozens of phone calls, starting on Friday night, complaining that the Burger King locations in Maine were selling spoiled meat,” explained Upton Sinclair, the Health Department official, who was kind enough to sit down with this Modern Philosopher. “At first, we thought it was a prank, but then people started sending us pictures of disgusting green meat patties and we knew we had to act.”
The appearance of the McWhopper was meant to be a surprise and part of the lure, so advertisements only mentioned that the special burger was being sold for a limited time this weekend at a “lucky price” of 77 cents.
Mainers flooded Burger Kings across the state looking for a great deal. Apparently, they were not a big fan of the green meat and assumed that the restaurant chain was selling them so cheaply to unload its spoiled product.
“We’ve got to take these complaints seriously,” Sinclair went on to explain as we each enjoyed a Shamrock Shake. “After what happened with that horse meat scare, we’ve got to be on top of such things.”
For the record, there are lines out the door at every McDonald’s I’ve passed today. Perhaps the restaurant chain with the Irish name had a little bit of an unfair advantage on this holiday…