Mummified 6-year-old McDonald's meal pulled from eBay [UPDATED]

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July 10 update: CBC is reporting that the 6-year-old McDonald’s meal has been removed from eBay, because the auction site prohibits selling “unpackaged or expired food.” The Takeout placed a bid for $77 Canadian dollars, but was outbid—it went all the way up to $150. Man, people.

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When I awoke to news that an Ontario man was auctioning off a 6-year-old, “never eaten” McDonald’s burger and fries, I immediately sent a message to my coworkers: “We are bidding on this.” A reply came back in seconds: “Hell yes we are.”

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https://www.ebay.ca/itm/6-YEAR-OLD-McDonalds-Cheeseburger-and-Fries-Mickey-Ds-Cheese-Burger-Fries/202361307718

So, credit card hot in his hand, our fearless editor-in-chief Kevin Pang bid $77 real Canadian dollars on a decrepit but disconcertingly preserved hockey puck of a burger. The CBC’s story notes there were no bids as of last night; but today, the war is on, with more than 20 current bids.

Illustration for article titled Mummified 6-year-old McDonalds meal pulled from eBay [UPDATED]

Why are we doing this? I ask you instead: Why the hell not?

“It basically has petrified itself. It looks very sellable,” cheeseburger-and-fries owner Dave Alexander told CBC. “I’m going to assume that someone’s going to rehome my cheeseburger.”

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The Takeout could be that home! The desks at our Chicago offices would be the perfect environment for this adoptable, petrified patty. It’s like a pet rock—but grosser!

I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much. After all, the auction still has six days left, and eventually we’re going to get a call from the accounting department about our company card expenses (again), and the desiccated fast-food meal could tragically elude us. Cross your fingers for us, team.

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* Oops, we’ve already been outbid.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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PalestinianChicken

This suggests the need for a longitudinal test for burger combo meals: buy meals from 6-8 burger burger establishments, taste them every five years.

“Ice-Coldness of Drink” is a mandatory category.