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McDonald’s will accept foreign currency for its international menu

The company says it will accept any amount on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the debut of its Worldwide Favorites Menu.
Photograph courtesy of McDonald's Corp.

McDonald’s is going international this summer—right down to the currency it accepts.

The Chicago-based giant will accept any foreign currency in any amount for three hours this Thursday to celebrate the debut of its Worldwide Favorites Menu, a selection of international menu items being offered in the U.S.

McDonald’s international menu will feature a Stroopwafel McFlurry from the Netherlands, a Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from Spain, a Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich from Canada and Cheesy Bacon Fries from Australia.

Take a more detailed look at the international menu here.

From 2-5 p.m. on Thursday, the company will accept any amount of foreign currency in exchange for one of those items. Customers simply go to the counter, order one of the items and hand over a coin or bill from any country outside the U.S.

The International Currency Exchange event “provides our customers with an international experience … without having to hop on a plane,” said Molly McKenna, McDonald’s director of communications, in a statement.

McDonald’s has been testing international items in the U.S. for some time, beginning with a rotating international menu at its location on the ground floor of its new Chicago headquarters that has proven to be popular. It has since tested these items in other markets.

The company opened its first restaurant outside the U.S. in 1967. Since then, like many chains, it has developed items that fit with international tastes. McDonald’s operates 14,000 locations in the U.S., but more than 23,000 restaurants outside the country.

The company in its announcement suggested that customers who don’t have foreign currency should “exchange them for some foreign currency at your local currency exchange retailer.”

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