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Katie Hope captured an Instagram story Sunday night around 9 p.m. of a McDonald's overflowing with takeout bags. The video was shot as Hope walked by the Queen and Spadina location and was taken aback by the amount of bags lining the floor. The video has amassed over 1 million views so far and has been reposted on popular pages such as, blogTO and 6ixbuzztv.
The bags are assumed empty and are lined up in anticipation of being filled with food, as orders come in throughout the day. The video appears to show bags sprawled out across the entire store; on chairs, tables, the floor and counters.
As dining out has become an obsolete facet of pre-COVID-19 life; quarantined Torontonians are now turning to the multitude of takeout and delivery options -- with McDonald's, evidently, being a popular choice.
McDonald's is now only offering drive-thru and delivery in an effort to help fight the spread of COVID-19; with takeout only an option for locations near health care facilities.
As health care workers tend to the ill, the large demographic of invisible frontline workers tend to those asked to shelter-in-place, by providing us with necessities. Whether that be the truck driver who ensures stock reaches the store or to the cook that continues to prepare food or to the front-of-house worker who packages it to-go and finally, to the courier that delivers it to our door. As we quarantine safely within the confines of our homes, McDonald's (and so many others) continue to serve the people of Toronto, and for that, we thank them.