K-pop group BTS’s limited-edition McDonald’s meals became so hot in ιи∂σиєѕια this week that dozens of stores had to close for fear that the huge demand would make the ₵ØVłĐ-19 situation worse.
The meal launched locally on Wednesday and demand quickly overwhelmed stores. Most ιи∂σиєѕιαn customers have placed their orders online due to the pandemic, leading to huge crowds of motorbike taxi drivers lining up for hours in and out of stores – and raising fears that the situation could leading to a super-spreading event.
Jakarta ρσℓι¢є have ordered 32 McDonald’s stores to temporarily close for “violating health protocols” due to an unlimited capacity limit at 50% and enforcement of social distancing measures.
A ρσℓι¢є spokesman told local media that the authorities had even ordered BTS’ meals to be temporarily stopped altogether.
Other cities have also had to close McDonald’s stores. Fajar Purwoto, head of public order in the central Java port city of Semarang, explained to AFP that the city had temporarily closed four of its six McDonald’s stores for a few days.
“I don’t want Semarang to be in the COVID-19 red zone again,” he said.
BTS’s meal that fans crave includes nuggets, fries, a drink with sweet chili and limited edition cajun sauce in purple packaging with the band’s logo printed on it.
Anticipating a sales frenzy once the meals became available, Indonesian fans encouraged each other to tip the drivers and raise money to pay back the brave people exposed to ₵ØVłĐ. -19 potential to bring them their nuggets.
A fundraising campaign run by BTS ARMY Indonesia has raised more than $18,000 to date. ARMY is a global term used to refer to fans of a band.
Today the BTS meal is available in Indonesia, and ARMY are flocks to buy it And here’s pic of the driver who very patient to wait for their customer’s orders. And also ARMY who such a kindhearted raise funds for the online drivers to repay the kindness of online drivers @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/8nUryNH6uH
— SUGA’s 버터💛 (@songyun_sugar) June 9, 2021
Donasi ARMY untuk Driver Ojol BTS Meal Tembus Rp10 Juta https://t.co/l3tnG2qLAe
— CNN Indonesia (@CNNIndonesia) June 9, 2021
“It’s great when we can share our happiness with others. This time, let’s share it with the [delivery] drivers,” its main page said in Indonesian. “They will be our heroes ordering the BTS meal… dedicating their time to waiting and delivering the special food directly to each ARMY’s home.”
“By sharing, this BTS anniversary and BTS meal celebration will not just make us happy, but also make our fan activities a blessing!”