Fans Go Wild for McDonald's Bangtan Boys Meal

  • By Lee Mi-ji, Lee Min-seok

    June 14, 2021 12:28

    A McDonald's meal featuring Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, has sent the super boy band's fans into a frenzy even though it is little more than some chicken nuggets and a coke.

    But the real prize is not the fast food but the limited edition's packaging, which already retails online at jaw-dropping prices. 

    The meal combo is available in nearly 50 countries after it was first introduced in the U.S. on May 26.

    One listing from Australia on eBay shows the boxes and sauces offered for US$193.

    One McNugget from the set that happens to be shaped like a popular video-game character has sold for nearly $100,000.

    Originally listed for just 99 cents, the lump of reconstituted chicken gristle finally went for $99,997, the Guardian reported. "The final auction winner will receive the sole nugget, frozen and air sealed to 'ensure freshness.'"

    The online marketplace currently has more than 1,400 listings related to the meal. 

    Meanwhile, McDonald's has suffered a data breach in Korea and Taiwan. The burger chain said hackers stole some data from its internal security systems in the two countries on May 27, a day after the launch of the BTS meal, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    It hired consultants to investigate and said personal data -- emails, phone numbers and addresses -- of some customers and crew were stolen but no customer payment data was breached. 

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