Individuals who discover themselves in want of U.S. authorities help whereas in Austria can now search assist at certainly one of virtually 200 McDonald’s eating places across the nation. The U.S. Embassy in Vienna posted a photograph on its Fb web page late final week heralding the brand new “Memorandum of Settlement” with the fast-food large, beneath which restaurant employees will probably be skilled to attach U.S. residents to the embassy by way of a brand new hotline telephone quantity.
“Americans touring in Austria who discover themselves in misery and and not using a technique to contact the U.S. Embassy can enter – as of Wednesday, Could 15, 2019 – any McDonald’s in Austria, and employees will help them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular companies,” the embassy mentioned.
The service could to show helpful for Individuals who lose their passports and both haven’t got cellphones that work in Europe, or haven’t got the means to discover a telephone quantity for the embassy.
The U.S. embassy mentioned it needed to make sure that residents had each doable choice to get in contact ought to they should, calling serving to Individuals overseas “the #1 responsibility of each embassy around the globe.”
McDonald’s informed BBC Information it had been requested by U.S. Ambassador to Austria Trevor Traina to supply the service.
A spokesman for the restaurant chain informed the BBC that staff would, “assist anybody who finds themselves in want of help,” not simply Individuals, “for instance, by calling the police or emergency companies.” The fast-food firm additionally made it clear that its Austrian eating places would stay Austrian territory, in contrast to official U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe that are U.S. territory beneath worldwide regulation.
The embassy’s Fb put up confirmed Traina after he signed the settlement with McDonald’s managing director in Austria, Isabelle Kuster, on Could 10.