It’s no longer shameful to say that you’ve recently dined at a McDonald’s. In fact, after a night of boozing and unfortunate decision-making, it’s now customary to wear that order of three Quarter Pounders and 20-piece chicken McNugget with pride. (You and your grease-deprived stomach deserve the indulgence, after all.)
McDonald’s, arguably the best remedy to hunger-induced vodka binges, agrees wholeheartedly, but they’d like for you to control your reckless behavior and drunken antics, thank you very much. According to The Mirror, the fast food giant has been playing classical music to discourage the fighting, loudness, and overall debauchery associated with a night of hard partying.
“We have tested the effects of classical music in the past and played it in some of our restaurants as it encourages more acceptable behavior,” a McDonald’s spokesperson says. “Typically classical music is played from early evening onwards, and in some cases, on certain nights in a small number of restaurants.”
While we’ve yet to see this musical genre replace the Top 40 we hear stateside, Bach and Mozart have been reported at location in Glasgow, Scotland and Stockport, England, as well as Gloucester and Liverpool with positive results.
Why is this the case? Well, we’re all clearly aware of classical music’s calming effect, but The Mirror cites a Duke University study that scientifically credits this feeling to the release of dopamine and the elimination of stress hormones. And you don’t have to be sober for this magic-in-piano-form to take place.
Needless to say, we welcome the fancy addition and hope it becomes a more permanent fixture. Is there really any better way to feel a little less guilty about our 3 AM drinking and eating habits? Frankly, none that we can think of.
Play on, Ronald McBeethoven. Play on.
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