In a stunning development today, the chairman of McDonald's announced that in an effort to support culinary pluralism, McDonald's will start selling Burger King Whoppers alongside McDonald's Big Macs in its thousands of franchises in the United States and around the world.
"We recognize that we should not separate the populations between the so-called pro-Big Macs and pro-Whoppers constituencies and just sell both Big Macs and Whoppers together," he said at a press conference held outside a Burger King franchise with Ronald McDonald beside him, waving to Burger King patrons as they arrived in the parking lot. "After all," he added, "it's just a hamburger."
When asked why the chairman of McDonald's was now supporting selling Burger King Whoppers, the chairman shrugged and said, "Big Macs are just one kind of hamburger. There are many kinds of hamburgers and why should I say Big Macs are the best when people are free to choose which hamburger is best for them? Big Macs are just an option of many options and some people prefer Whoppers. Why should I impose Big Macs on everyone else?" he asked rhetorically.
Patrons will be given the choice of purchasing either a Big Mac or a Whopper. But they will not be permitted to buy both, citing accounting issues.
The Chairman of Burger King was delighted at the announcement, insisting though that all revenues for Whoppers sold at McDonald's should be accredited to Burger King. "It's one thing for McDonald's to sell our very delicious and tasty Whoppers," the Burger King Chairman said, "it's quite another thing for McDonald's to profit off of our very delicious and tasty Whoppers. We'll see who the real king is!" He did indicate though that he was not happy with Ronald McDonald waving at his customers in the Burger King parking lot, declaring Burger King parking lots a "no-go" zone for clowns selling Big Macs.
BREAKING: McDonald's stock dropped down to a bottom drawer $2 a share today, indicating that a massive buyout by Burger King could be imminent. When asked about the possibilities of a buyout, the Burger King chairman said that McDonald's had ideal franchise locations for Burger King to take over. But he also talked about confidence in the product. "If you don't believe in your hamburger," he said "you should get out of the business."
Okay, not really.