If you spot Mitt Romney grabbing a quick bite to eat lately there is a good chance his meal is coming from a local McDonald’s or other fast food joint if he’s in a rush. It turns out Romney’s not so hidden love of fast food stems from his dads days as the Governor of Michigan and time spent working with McDonald’s owner Ray Kroc.
Romney was attending a Chicago fundraising event on Tuesday when he told the audience members in attendance about a “free for life” McDonald’s card he found in his dad’s bedroom.
According to Romney he was looking through his dad’s “top drawer” as a teenager when instead of finding the spare change he sought after he stumbled upon a food card. According to Romney:
“I found a little paper card, a little pink card, and it said this entitles George W. Romney to a lifetime of a hamburger, a shake and french fries at McDonald’s. It was signed by the hand of Ray Kroc. My dad had done a little training lesson or whatever for McDonald’s when there was just a handful of restaurants, and I saw this thing and was like, ‘This is a gold mine, dad! What are you doing?'”
Shortly afterwards realizing that the card was worth its weight in gold or more specifically hamburgers, fries and shakes he had the card laminated.
Romney’s dad worked for McDonald’s directly under founder Ray Kroc for 27 years.
Romney in his speech went on to note:
“My dad, as you know, would go almost every day to a McDonald’s restaurant and get either a hamburger or a fish filet sandwich.. And he would present this little card and of course the person behind the counter would look and say, ‘Well, what is that?’ They’d never seen something like that, but he said it was never turned down. They always honored it.”
And not it’s time for everyone to create a pink laminated card and try their luck at free McDonald’s food.