This teen prank is totally worth getting banned from McDonald’s

McDonald's didn't find the classy silverware and wine glasses amusing.

Mar 2, 2020, 2:35 pm*

Internet Culture


Mike Fenn

McDonald’s is still not a fine dining establishment–despite the efforts of three British teenagers and their Twitter accounts.

On September 13, teenage friends William Peachey, Cameron Ford, and Adam Welland headed to their local McDonald’s in Kingston-Upon-Thames, a neighborhood in southwest London, for some cheap grub. Apparently fed up with the cellophane paper and bland cardboard that Big Macs, McNuggets, and fries are traditionally served on, the teens decided to class up their fast food experience.


Fellow patrons and McDonald’s staff alike were speechless when Peachey, Ford, and Welland—decked out in shirts and ties—decorated a table with a tablecloth, candles, cutlery, and even wine glasses.

Unfortunately, their attempt at classiness was short-lived—much like a Quarter Pounder in one’s digestive system.

The photographs of the friends’ stunt—and subsequent banishment-—quickly spread across Twitter. Before long, news outlets such as the Daily Mail and the UK Metro were sharing the story.

Instant Internet celebrities, Peachey, Ford, and Welland alike spent the weekend fielding questions about the experience to curious parties.

As for McDonald’s itself?

“We are aware of the two customers who dined at our Kingston restaurant on Saturday night and are pleased that we were able to offer them an affordable treat. ‘We are happy to provide plastic cutlery to those customers who request it. We ask that any items brought in by customers, such as cups or plates, are used responsibly and taken away with them after use,” the company said in a statement to the Daily Mail.

While the corporation itself was more or less “meh” on the situation, the Kingston McDonald’s itself took a necessary precaution.

According to Welland, the trio is taking suggestions for performing similar stunts at other locations. Perhaps they can take some of that complementary plastic cutlery and dine at a Four Seasons Hotel’s restaurant. 

Photo via William Peachey/Twitter

Share this article
*First Published: Sep 16, 2013, 5:05 pm