Stoners around the world rejoiced when reports that McDonald's across Colorado were planning on covering play areas into marijuana smoking areas.
Unfortunately for those who enjoy smoking cannabis there was just one problem with the story. It was completely fabricated.
The news story first appeared on Now8News, which insisted that 15 McDonald's restaurants in Colorado had announced that they were going to convert their play place areas into these sections.
But they didn't stop there though, with the piece going on to insist, "Each facility will consist of 15 smoking pods in which customers can smoke a joint, bong, or pipe without being harassed or bothered by people who are offended by it."
How would these pods have actually worked though? Well, they would have each contained the marijuana smoke with their walls, while a small ventilation tube above would have allowed it to seep out.
The article even went to insist that two restaurants in Denver, Colorado, had already mad this conversion, and that plans were in place for the final 13 franchises to complete their own renovations before 2015 comes to a close.
It also made sure to point out that McDonald's didn't have any plans to actually profit from the sale of marijuana.
What the piece did fail to mention, though, was the fact that it was entirely false. It did manage to convince many users across the world wide web though, thanks in part to the fact that they created some rather authentic looking images to add to their article.
No marijuana-friendly smoking pods @McDonalds in Colorado: http://t.co/3v0ErwlmIj pic.twitter.com/hRkHGESjDJMeanwhile, other users couldn't help but Tweet their regret over the fact that the potential addition to Colarado's McDonald's restaurants proved to be wide of the mark.
— snopes.com (@snopes) October 8, 2015
#McDonalds #Cannabis Areas Probably a Scam http://t.co/vBNwu9VkGQ pic.twitter.com/IejccsMUDR — news meme (@newsmemed) October 13, 2015
http://t.co/chGq3U9QV2 #cannabis #marijuana #greenrushdaily pic.twitter.com/zTAJEItkGh
— Green Rush Daily (@greenrushdaily) October 12, 2015
McDonalds+Weed= converted playplaces? Is this real life? http://t.co/AuyDnHRxgv — LUXonRadio (@LUX1057) October 13, 2015
Guess that's one way to drive sales: give patrons the munchies. #cannabis #McDonalds #fastfood #marijuana #weed http://t.co/4KNGTxkhsA
— Mario Landeros (@mariolanderos) October 12, 2015
Hey everybody, McDonald's just legalised cannabis! Let's see if the UK can be as cool as McDonald's? http://t.co/OAE1eLKaen — Cannabis For Autism (@Cannabis4Autism) October 7, 2015
McDonalds+Weed= converted playplaces? Is this real life? http://t.co/AuyDnHRxgv — LUXonRadio (@LUX1057) October 13, 2015It would have been a rather big ask for McDonald's to have allowed their patrons the chance to smoke marijuana in their restaurants. That's because while Colorado has legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults, it is still illegal to actually smoke or consume the plant while in public.
This faux news story comes hot off the back of McDonald's announcing that they are now serving their breakfast all-day long.
It doesn't matter how we did it, what's important is that it's here. #AllDayBreakfast Now, join the celebration. pic.twitter.com/62flgZnRcn
— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 6, 2015
🕛🕐🕑🕒🕓🕔🕕🕖🕗🕘🕙🕚 🕛🕛🕐🕑🕒🕓🕔🕕🕖🕗🕘🕙 🕚🕛➕🍳➕🍟 = 😃🎉🎊🎈🎉This decision was announced at the beginning of September, with customers now able to purchase all-day hotcake platters, sausage burritos, oatmeal, yoghurt partfaits, and hash browns, as well as McMuffin sandwiches and biscuit sandwiches.
— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 12, 2015
McDonald's USA President Mike Andres said that the idea behind erasing the traditional 10:30 a.m. cut off was purely because the consumers had requested it so fervently.
Andres explained, via the Wall Street Journal, "This is the consumers' idea. This is what they want us to do. That's why I think this could be the catalyst for our turnaround." McDonald's is looking to reinvigorate their image, while they've also been in a sales slump over the last three years too.