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Spend some of that leftover foreign currency at McDonald's this week

https://news.mcdonalds.com/stories/about-our-food/international-currency-exchange.html

On June 6th, McDonald's will accept foreign currency for international menu items in the US as part of a promotion.

OK, that's reasonably clever. And I'll admit I'm intrigued by the stroopwafel McFlurry. Further, since many of us would be loath to eat at a McDonald's while abroad, now you can kinda "cheat" and do it at home, without feeling as guilty*! So if you have some spare euro coinage burning a hole in your change drawer, now's your chance to spend it!

*the usual eating-at-McDonald's guilt still applies.

Posted by
1384 posts

Very cool! My Dad loves McDonald's, and I'll freely admit that I'll go there with him and have a guilt-ridden burger and fries. I'm traveling (visiting Mom and Dad) so I can't dig up any of my own foreign residuals; hopefully he has some!

Posted by
3126 posts

Kind of a cool promotion.

But, just to be clear, the value of the foreign currency you hand over has zero impact on the value of the item you receive. It is a one for one exchange. So if you hand them a 100 Euro note, you still only get the $2 stroopwaffel. No refund of the excess. So I guess if you pay with a 1 Euro cent coin, that works too?

Posted by
2575 posts

Hey, they got a Canada burger but don't offer the deal in Canada? I'm miffed.Eh?
That being said, if location or timing doesn't apply, more and more airlines and airports are accepting your foreign spare change for charity purposes.

Posted by
8889 posts

Only recognized international currency accepted.

What does that mean? What do they recognise? And what is an "international currency", the only one I know is the Euro, most other countries have a national currency.
No info about exchange rates.
According to Mark "the value of the foreign currency you hand over has zero impact on the value of the item you receive.". Anybody want to try with some old Italian 500 Lire notes?

Posted by
187 posts

And what is an "international currency", the only one I know is the Euro, most other countries have a national currency.

I assume they mean any other currency other than US currency.

Posted by
11152 posts

I think by "recognized international currency," they're trying to prevent Monopoly money, or Disney Dollars, or some of the other "currency equivalents" that are in use.

I don't really want anything from McDonald's, but I do have some odd coins left over that I can't easily use any other way, so it's tempting to check out.

Posted by
3280 posts

I'm I understanding that you can purchase an item with say a Hungarian coin worth about a nickel and get a menu item? Do all McDonalds have "international menu iteims"?

Posted by
288 posts

Do you think one could get away with trying to exchange one single US penny for a stroopwafel McFlurry? It is, after all, official currency in Ecuador, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe. :)

Posted by
288 posts

I'm I understanding that you can purchase an item with say a Hungarian
coin worth about a nickel and get a menu item? Do all McDonalds have
"international menu iteims"?

That's how I'm reading it, yes. They'll have certain international menu items available for a limited time this summer, and for a few hours this week are promoting the launch of this limited-time menu feature by letting you exchange any amount of foreign currency for one of the international menu items at [participating] US locations.