In the latest example of Chinese police running amok, we bring you a breaking crime alert. If we were to tell you that a famed McDonald’s character was arrested, you’d probably guess the Hamburglar. He does wear a convict’s outfit, after all. We also would have accepted Grimace as a response because he strikes us as the type of ‘guy’ that would hang out in the bushes peeping at women. However, providing the greatest evidence that you do need to keep an eye on the quiet ones, jovial Ronald McDonald found himself in police custody earlier this week.
The famed golden arches are missing their companion at one of the restaurant’s locations in Guangzhou, China. Three police officers from the urban management bureau, known as Chengguan, showed up at the restaurant in the middle of the afternoon on Monday. In front of many curious spectators, they began to assault the statue of Ronald McDonald. When asked what they were doing, the officers yelled that they were enforcing an order from the city government and that everyone needed to stay back. The situation escalated when Ronald resisted arrest.
When the Ronald statue did not quickly rock free from its base, the officers decided to tackle it. Two of the three officers took turns shouldering the statue until he finally began to topple. After Ronald’s ankles were broken, it was easy for the law enforcement officials to drag away their suspect. When images of the arrest began making their way around China’s Sina Weibo social media platform, officials at the district urban management office explained their reasoning. The sculpture was illegally located outside of the restaurant and had been described as both an eyesore and a tripping hazard by pedestrians. The same official, who asked to remain anonymous, stated that McDonald’s can have its Ronald McDonald statue back, if the restaurant admits that it was in violation of the law and accepts a financial punishment.