McDonald’s Limiting The Amount Of Free Food Olympians Can Order In Rio

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Since the Rio Olympics opened, calorie-seeking athletes have been gorging themselves on free food from McDonald’s, but there’s only so much gratis grub the Golden Arches is willing to give away.

Business Insider reports that McDonald’s has had to change its chaotic giveaway of free food to athletes and coaches at the Olympic Village, and is now restricting folks to only 20 items each.


But that popularity quickly turned into a bit of chaos for the restaurant, which has now implemented a 20-item limit for athletes and coaches seeing sustenance.

Customers can order more than 20 items, but if they do, the order will fall in priority, the Washington Post reports, estimating that the average line is about 50 people deep.

Athletes have posted photos of the seemingly endless lines on social media, as well as pictures capturing their coveted fare.

Wow what a week it has been in Rio! Have to say I am disappointed about the match today. We definitely had a good chance to stretch the match to three sets toward the end of the second set but couldn't close it out. We would have loved to end our first Olympic campaign with a win against a much higher ranked pair. Although having said that, there are lots of good things to learn from the matches in the last three days playing against more experienced pairs. Can't wait to go back home to start training and keep on improving! Just want to say thanks again to everyone back home for the on going support. Definitely motivated me to fight hard on court everyday! ❤️ Now it's time to eat some junk food after months of eating clean! 😀

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The sought-after nature of the Olympic Village McDonald’s occurred because the restaurant is the only fast food chain on the premises, and other food options are limited to a cafeteria.

McDonald’s in the Olympic Village only lets athletes order 20 items at a time [Business Insider]
[via The Washington Post]

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