This past weekend, a group of teens from London created a fake McDonald's Twitter account, tweeting frantic messages as a practical joke and leaving tons of internet users confused AF. Whatever happened to prank-calling people using the "private caller" option and ding-dong-ditching your neighbors? Apparently, those pranks are so 2010.
According to BuzzFeed News, the fake Twitter account, called "McDonald's Hong Kong," caused some major confusion for the fast food chain.
Concerned about both of these extremely disturbing tweets from McDonald's Hong Kong. pic.twitter.com/72qR0DVmn4
— Ruth Graham (@publicroad) July 29, 2017
These tweets gained thousands of followers since it seemed like the admin of the account was having some sort of breakdown. Zain, an 18-year-old from London and one of the creators of the page, started the account as a joke, reports BuzzFeed. He told BuzzFeed that this wasn't his first parody account; he made a fake Apple Twitter account back in 2015, called "Apple Zimbabwe," where he tweeted similar phrases that made it seem like the person running the account was distraught.
The official McDonald's account didn't help much either. Instead, it accidentally retweeted and mentioned them in a series of tweets.
The account was reported, and the account name was changed to @NotMcDonaldsHK. But regardless of the teens' efforts, the account has since been suspended. McDonald's hasn't commented about the account—but tons of Twitter users got a kick out of the spin-off and shared some hilarious reactions to the hoax.
New slogan for McDonald's Hong Kong pic.twitter.com/IrfIITa2S0
— Steph (@supercomposite) July 30, 2017
mcdonalds hong kong got suspended, it was fun while it lasted
— misogi (@XXMISOGI) July 30, 2017
Yooo who deleted McDonalds Hong Kong.. I just wanna talk
— Morgan Cavanaugh (@morgan_marie98) July 30, 2017
WHERE DID MCDONALDS HONG KONG GO THEY WERE SO FUNNSHSB
— sara misses jiyong (@untitIedmv) July 31, 2017
All we can say is that we're glad those frantic tweets weren't real and that everyone is okay. Ba da ba ba ba—I'm lovin' it.