In January 1982, Carlos (Ilyich Ramírez Sánchez) was hit with the idea of a lifetime: if McDonald’s had truly served millions, or billions, or whatever their signs said, that’d mean they’re sitting on a hell of a lot of cash. So he put together a plan to rob one and make away with all of it.
Beginning by hijacking a plane out of Rome, he made his way to London via Tunis, and slipped into a downtown McDonald’s with his team disguised as “Ronalds.” After a 76 hour standoff, where he frequently roamed into the parking lot waving a rocket launcher and signing autographs, his team made off with the entirety of the till and a milkshake machine, which they flew in a Boeing 737 (part of the negotiated ransom) to Havana, gifting the machine to a milkshake-loving Castro, and striking an enormous blow against global capitalism.
As the action took place during PM Thatcher’s policy of terror media blackouts, the story received little press and has been largely forgotten.
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