You get fans and then you get superfans like a Russian pianist who chained himself to the doors of a McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow.
Luka Safronov-Zatravkin chained himself to McDonald’s in Pushkin Square to protest its closure.
The fast-food chain recently announced that it is temporarily closing its 847 restaurants in Russia. It joined other brands like Apple, General Motors, Volvo, KPMG, PwC, EY and Deloitte.
McDonald’s was the first major fast-food chain to announce its temporary closure and to make the move.
Business Insider reports that Safronov-Zatravkin shouted “they don’t have the right to close down” and “closing down is an act of hostility against me and my fellow citizens” as per translations made by international journalists Kevin Rothrock and Max Seddon.
The Daily Mail reported that Safronov-Zatravkin was arrested and fined for the stunt, and he later confirmed on Facebook that he had been fined.
Leading up to the closures, hundreds of people stood in line to buy their favourite burger meal for a while.
Business Insider further reports that people who were able to nab meals before the restaurants closed have been trying to sell burgers, fries and even straws and sugar sachets, on a Russian classified-ads website at heavily swollen prices.
McDonald’s has not given any indication of when it will open its Russian outlets again.
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