Hate on McDonald’s all you want, they’re nowhere near as bad as the kind of jerk who would place a phony bid during a charity auction.
Last week, McDonald’s made headlines when a 25-ounce bottle of Big Mac Sauce the burger chain was auctioning off for charity in the UK sold on eBay for a final bid of £65,900—or approximately $94,000. At the time, the media marveled that fast food sauce would go for such a steep price, no matter how “secret” the recipe behind it may be. But then again, the auction was for a good cause, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities, so maybe someone out there just had a really kind heart as well as an affection for McDonald’s take on Thousand Island dressing.
But turns out the winner wasn’t kind-hearted at all. Yesterday, McDonald’s announced that the highest bid was a hoax. And sadly, according to The Independent, McDonald’s is now stuck reviewing the next highest bids—40 of which came in at over £50,000—to see if any of the offers were genuine. “We’ve been working with eBay to make sure we’re weeding out the fake bids,” a McDonald’s spokesman said. “It’s such a shame but we’re really confident we’ve raised a lot of money for RMHC.”