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WorldLost Your Passport? For Americans in Austria, Any McDonald’s Can Help

14:39  17 may  2019
14:39  17 may  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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LONDON — For American tourists who find themselves in a bind in Austria and don’t know the German words for police (“polizei”), “ help !” (“hilfe!”) or the Lost your passport or cellphone abroad? Just stroll through the doors of one of any of the 194 McDonald ’ s in Austria , and staff members will

Lost Your Passport ? McDonald ’ s Will Now Help You—and We Have Questions. Audrey Farnsworth | May 15, 2019. That’s right. Americans who lose their passport can now pop into ANY Austrian McDonald ’ s for help from the embassy.

Lost Your Passport? For Americans in Austria, Any McDonald’s Can Help© Tim Graham/Getty Images A McDonald’s in Innsbruck, Austria. The fast-food chain’s 194 restaurants in Austria will provide a hotline number for United States consular offices to American citizens who need help.

LONDON — For American tourists who find themselves in a bind in Austria and don’t know the German words for police (“polizei”), “help!” (“hilfe!”) or the European equivalent of 911 (112), any McDonald’s will do.

Under a new partnership announced by the United States Embassy in Vienna, beginning on Wednesday, American citizens need only locate the golden arches of the fast-food chain restaurant to seek help to contact a consular office.

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Lost your passport or cellphone abroad? Just stroll through the doors of one of any of the 194 McDonald’s in Austria, and staff members will provide a 24/7 hotline number for the United States Embassy and a phone to call there if needed, according to the partnership announced on Facebook last week.

A spokesman for McDonald’s Austria, Wilhelm Baldia, said on Thursday that he was not aware of any other country with such an arrangement.

In the post, the United States ambassador to Austria, Trevor D. Traina, a former technology entrepreneur who founded and sold start-ups to companies including Microsoft, is shown smiling and shaking hands with Isabelle Kuster, the managing director of McDonald’s Austria, after signing a “memorandum of agreement.” A branded coffee cup is placed strategically on the table.

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Mr. Baldia said the company was not being paid for the new service.

The United States government did not provide any particular reason for choosing McDonald’s or Austria, but Mr. Baldia said the embassy had approached the chain with the idea. In an email on Thursday, a State Department official wrote, “We work from time to time with private-sector entities and other nongovernment around the world as part of our commitment to assisting U.S. citizens in need overseas.”

While the arrangement may raise eyebrows, especially among fast-food rivals like Burger King (which has more than 40 outlets in Austria), Rupert Younger, director of the Oxford University Center for Corporate Reputation, said on Thursday: “It is a smart move for McDonald’s. The company’s engagement and interaction with American citizens abroad is very significant, making them an ideal partner for consular outreach and assistance.”

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" American citizens traveling in Austria who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the U.S. Embassy can enter any McDonald ' s in Austria ," the post said. "Staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services (e.g. report a lost or stolen passport

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

He added, “Becoming a trusted place to go when you have a personal crisis adds a new dimension to the focus on customer needs.”

The image of the fast-food chain had been tarnished by evidence of a link between the kind of food it served and the obesity crisis, and it had been working to clean up its reputation around the globe.

The tide has turned somewhat as the chain has added more healthful options, and revenues have rebounded partly because of its all-day breakfast menus, analysts say.

Forging good community relations has also played a part in McDonald’s turnaround. In 2017, a McDonald’s restaurant in Italy worked with archaeologists to uncover an ancient ruin underneath its building, allowing visitors to walk along a 147-foot stretch of a Roman road.

And in September last year, workers at a McDonald’s in Marseille, France, won a court battle to keep the franchise open, saying it had played a vital role as a social integrator in a troubled neighborhood.

By Thursday afternoon, the Facebook post about the new Austrian deal had drawn more than 1,000 reactions, comments and shares.

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“Can you help me find the Mc Embassy?” one user wrote. Another commented, “Introducing the McVisa!” Still another said, “Can you open a Burger King embassy so we can have it our way?” And some Austrians asked if this would be a bilateral agreement so that they could seek help at McDonald’s in the United States.

Others had more serious concerns, with one person writing: “As a U.S. citizen, I find it odd that this seems to be an endorsement for a specific corporation. I would prefer if the government and corporations were kept separate.”

But Mr. Baldia, the spokesman for McDonald’s Austria, said fears that the United States’ consular services were being commercialized were unfounded. “We will not be a mini-embassy,” he said. “We will not take on any tasks of the embassy or any embassy services.”

Mr. Baldia said those seeking help do not have to purchase something from the restaurant — “but if they want to buy something, they can, of course.”

Melissa Eddy contributed reporting from Berlin, and Liam Stack contributed from New York.

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