Instagram photo of outrageous fast-food purchase leads to burglary arrests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Four burglary suspects have been arrested after a photo of a $120 fast-food purchase was posted to Instagram.

Three adults and a juvenile allegedly broke into vehicles Sunday in Rocklin, a Sacramento, Calif., suburb, later paying a visit to a nearby Carl’s Jr.

The suspects used a credit card they had stolen from one of the cars to pay for $120 worth of food at the drive-through window, according to the Sacramento Bee.

One of the suspects posted a photo of the food to Instagram, and a restaurant employee posted a photo of the receipt from the purchase. The photos led police to the Carls Jr. in question, where employees who were suspicious of the purchase had written down the suspects’ license plate number, allowing police to track them down.

It was a good week for Carl’s Jr. public relations, but other fast-food restaurants have gotten attention on social media this week for all the wrong reasons.

A photo that was posted recently to the photo-sharing site Imgur identifies what appears to be the frozen meat from McDonald’s McRib.

The original photo has been viewed nearly 750,000 times since it was posted on Monday. Many headlines simply pointed out that the frozen meat patty looks unappetizing.

A statement provided to “Good Morning America” by McDonald’s said, “one reason our customers love the McRib is its fun and wonderful shape.”

“Just like a burger patty is formed to be round and flat, we form the iconic McRib in the shape of traditional ribs,” the statement said in part. “We then flash freeze the patty to seal in flavor and freshness, just like you freeze meat in your own freezer, before going to our restaurants.”

More controversially, a photo from last summer is bringing Burger King new headaches after being posted to Facebook recently (the post has since been deleted).

The photo shows a Burger King sign that says, “Now Hiring Must Be Mexican.” After the restaurant’s Facebook page was inundated with criticism and calls for boycott, the restaurant addressed the photo in question.

“The sign in question was posted briefly last summer, without approval, at a franchisee-owned and -operated restaurant,” said a statement posted to Burger King’s Facebook page. “Please know the franchisee has informed us that the employee who posted and photographed this sign was immediately terminated as a result. The Burger King team is dedicated to diversity and inclusion.”

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