Michael Panik, a student from Jacksonville State University, set up a crowdfunding page because he was hungry for a McDonalds. To his surprise, he raised the $10 he was after for the McNugget Meal in two days from three donations.
The student says the scheme was actually a comment on the frivolous ways crowdfunding pages are being used. He said: “A friend and mine were talking about all the ridiculous GoFundMe campaigns we’ve seen recently, basically people just asking for money to buy personal stuff: new equipment, software. It’s pretty rude, honestly — just begging for money for things you want or need, that ultimately aren’t super expensive, and aren’t true necessities.”
On his Go Fund Me page, Panik satirised the sentimental begging messages he’d seen, writing: “Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to do something truly great in life. Help me continue to grow and develop as a person as I beg you for money. For every $10 more that I raise, I’ll purchase ANOTHER 20pc meal to share with friends. If we continue, we can feed the world, and bring people together around that most American of meals: the 20pc Chicken McNugget meal.
Some people call me crazy. I just call them ‘chicken.'”