Fraud of the century: emails to McDonald’s executives

2015-10-20
4 min read

FROM : [Victim/whistleblower’s email address]

SUBJECT: Fraud of the century

DATE: October 20, 2015 at 03:13 (Beijing time +0800)

TO : Gloria.Santona@us.mcd.com

CC : Steve.Easterbrook@us.mcd.com, Robert.Gibbs@us.mcd.com, Silvia.Lagnado@us.mcd.com, Kevin.Ozan@us.mcd.com, Jim.Sappington@us.mcd.com, Mike.Andres@us.mcd.com

Ms. Santona,

First of all, I want to thank you for having taken my phone call today without hanging up on me right away. Your counter-part in France, Mme de Borda, always refused to communicate with me through phone. Therefore, I greatly appreciate the fact you’ve listened to what I had to say, really.

As I’ve explained to you on the phone, here is how I found your email email address
https://www.sec.gov/comments/s7-10-09/s71009-504.pdf
and later a phone number which I thought would land on your secretary.

Second of all, when I sent you my email on October 17th, I didn’t know that McDonald’s France was going to reiterate their fraud in Europe. I have some knowledge in computer science. Therefore, I believe it would be easy for you to track my IP address to confirm that I wasn’t aware yet at the time that McDonald’s France was re-iterating their scam in France. So that you believe me, I am making this statement with FULL PREJUDICE that when I wrote to you my last email, I wasn’t aware than McDonald’s France was going to re-iterate their fraud this year (i.e. in 2015).

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY :
McDonald’s MUST GIVE THE ORDER RIGHT AWAY TO THE FRENCH HEADQUARTERS TO CEASE THEIR FRAUD IMMEDIATELY!

I truly believe, to the best of my knowledge, that the “game” being organized right now is a fraud!

Ms. Santona, allow me to make an analogy that you will surely understand since you are a lawyer :

Imagine I am to open an online casino in Europe, which is perfectly legal in Europe. Now, imagine that I launch an online casino with a popular, well-known game like Poker Texas Hold’em. What if, as the owner of the online casino, I rigged the game? For example, I don’t tell my customers that in the deck of cards, there aren’t 4 kings but only 1. This would obviously a fraud as, as the owner of the online casino, would be sure to win from the probabilistic point of view systematically. How is this different from what the different branches of McDonald’s in Europe did? it’s the same. From the European point of view, it’s a massive scam! There is no way this will hold in court! (at least in Europe).

Even in the United States and Canadian regulations, you clearly state the odds of collecting an entire family. Why not do so in Europe where the consumer laws are much stronger?!?

I simply can’t understand it.

Today, after I saw that the game being re-iterated in France, the first I made was to the huissier de justice to try to get an understanding of what was going on. He refused to take my call but I got an explanation from his secretary which clearly is very naive and doesn’t understand the EU law and the rule of law.

I TRULY BELIEVE THAT YOUR EUROPEAN BRANCHES ARE TRYING TO HIDE THEMSELVES BEHIND MISTAKEN ADVICES FROM LOCAL LAW FIRMS.

Ms. SANTONA, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, THE US HEADQUARTERS CAN NOT LET THIS GO. YOU MUST HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE CONCEPT ABOUT DUE DILIGENCE. IF SUCH LAW FIRMS GAVE YOU THE GO AHEAD, THEY WOULD CLEARLY BE MISTAKEN!!! THINK ABOUT THE POKER ANALOGY I GAVE! YOU CAN SURELY UNDERSTAND!

Ms. Santona, as you may have heard, I have a think accent and I only lived 4 years in the United States from 1999 to 2003. 1 year in [Location redacted for privacy], 1 year in [Location redacted for privacy], and 2 years in [Location redacted for privacy] I am not stating I know everything about american law but to the best of my knowledge, the U.S. headquarters is closing their eyes on a massive fraud as I speak right now!

IT MUST STOP AT ONCE!

My god, I can’t believe it that you guys are doing this. I thought McDonald’s was trying as hard as it can to be an ethic company.

IF YOU ARE KNOWINGLY HIDING BEHIND A FRENCH LAW FIRM, PLEASE, I AM BEGGING, LET ME TALK TO THEM TO EXPLAIN TO THEM WHY WHAT MCDONALDS IS DOING IS A MASSIVE FRAUD.

PLEASE JUST THINK ONE MINUTE ; IF I WAS WRONG AND WHAT MCDONALDS WAS DOING WAS LEGAL, IT MEANS I COULD OPEN MY OWN ONLINE CASINO AND MAKE A FORTUNE RIGHT AWAY BY SCAMMING PEOPLE! IT CANT BE!!!!

Please, talk to me. Did I miss something in the French Law? I truly don’t think I did. I sincerely believe, to the best of my knowledge, that you guys are scamming everyone in Europe. This is not a small issue. I truly believe that it’s the biggest scam in history!

Please, let me know ASAP what’s going on and why.

Best regards,

[Victim’s name redacted for privacy]