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Americans who lose their passport while in Austria can go to McDonalds for help

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Americans who lose their passport while in Austria have a new place to seek help from Wednesday: their nearest McDonalds.

Euronews and CNN report that McDonalds’ 194 local branches in the country will act as contact points for distressed US citizens trying to get help from their embassy.

Anyone asking for help in McDonald’s will be connected to a 24-hour hotline to reach their representative.

The move came at the request of US consular officials, McDonald’s spokesman Wilhelm Baldia told local news site, Kurier.

“Firstly, because of the brand’s great reputation among Americans, and secondly, because there are relatively many branches in Austria,” he said.

Baldia said the restaurants could not provide any emergency services, nor would the golden arches become US territory as is usually the case with foreign embassies.

The burger chain tie-up does not replace any consular staff or services.

“This partnership is only one extra way for Americans to connect to the embassy when they are in an emergency situation,” the embassy explained on its Facebook page. “Our embassy is fully staffed and ready to assist American citizens in need.”

Via Euronews/CNN

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