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Good April Fool’s pranks leave the victim laughing — not upset. And while it could be argued that the April 1 stunt pulled by McDonald’s Australia reflects badly on those who felt disappointed or cheated (more on which presently), it is more of an indictment of the pranker.

According to The Mirror, the fast food chain ran an ad in The Australian announcing a new sandwich, the McFry, which was a Quarter Pounder stuffed with fries. The “joke”? No such sandwich exists, and McDonald’s has no plans to release one.

A post on Instagram took matters a step further, informing fans, “No mess. No fuss. No worries. We’ve made it so you don’t have to! Get your hands on the McFry today.”


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But when McDonald’s cried “April Fool’s!” the following day, not everyone was laughing. Some customers were bitterly disappointed to learn that the fry-studded burger (which is evidently a common hack among McDonald’s regulars) was not really a new menu item. One angry customer replied to the Instagram post with the message, “I’d actually eat this Macca’s, don’t play with me,” while another complained, “This isn’t even a funny joke.”

Far be it from me to tell people what they should eat, but if you’re upset by news that a fast food chain isn’t adding another calorific item to its menu, you need to get a life.

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