Hamburgers are on the black market after McDonald’s closes Russian stores

Hamburgers are selling for up to $150 in Russia after McDonald’s closed all of its restaurants in the country.

After weeks of public pressure, fast food giant McDonald’s have announced they will temporarily close all of its 850 Russian restaurants, amid Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

When news spread of the announcement, massive queues formed in many Russian stores, and McDonald’s burgers became a hot sale item on second-hand selling platforms.

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Hamburgers were going for as much as $150, while McDonald’s branded glasses also made their way onto online marketplaces, selling for around $50 a pop.

According to The Sun, more than 62,000 people are employed by the fast food chain in Russia, but they will continue to be paid their usual salaries.

McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempckinski says that closing Russian stores is the best thing to do. “As we move forward, McDonald’s will continue to assess the situation and determine if any additional measures are required,” he said.

At this juncture, it’s impossible to predict when we might be able to reopen our restaurants in Russia,” Kempckinski continued. “We are experiencing disruptions to our supply chain along with other operational impacts.”

Other fast food chains including, KFC, Hungry Jacks, and Pizza Hut are also being urged to boycott Russia, but unlike McDonald’s, many of these companies’ Russian stores are owned by franchisees.

McDonald’s have not mentioned when they intend to re-open Russian stores but they will “closely monitor the humanitarian situation” in the meantime.

The fast food giant have also sent food packages to Ukraine to feed those affected by the conflict.

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