It’s always a fun exercise to think about what the rich and famous do to give them the energy to star in our movies, produce our music, and otherwise dominate the world of pop culture in the way that they do.
You’d like to think that Kim Kardashian, Chris Pratt or Beyoncé benefit from the help of a personal chef, but you’d also like to think that’s not all the time. When they’re not cooking for themselves, how do your favorite celebrities eat? More importantly, do they eat fast food some of the time, much like us mere mortals?
Like this franchise that crossed paths with a little-known athlete named David Beckham, celebrities might take a step out of their glorious mansions and cars and step under the Golden Arches for a quick meal. But unlike us, they have a special card they can use when they do so.
This is the McGold card. They’re reserved for only for celebrities and the most VI of VIPs, so it’s pretty unlikely you or I will ever get to hold one in our lifetime. This one in particular belongs to Rob Lowe, who got his from a friend of his whose father is David Peterson, otherwise known as the guy who invented the Egg McMuffin.
On top of celebrities, those with high-profile connections to massive companies can also earn themselves a McGold card. Billionaire Warren Buffet says he has a card that allows him to get free McDonald’s in Omaha, and after his work as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, who could begrudge him that?
So what exactly does this McGold do, exactly? Simple: it gives the holder unlimited access to Big Macs, McNuggets or french fries whenever they desire. There are a couple of catches, though. The card is only valid in a few places around the time (Rob Lowe’s only works in Santa Barbara or Goleta in California), and it’s only valid for a limited time.
That being said, there are rumors that some of the cards can be given out for life. Mitt Romney, the politician who ran for the presidency back in 2012 against Barack Obama, said that his father spoke of a “little pink card” given to him by the founder of McDonald’s himself, Ray Croc.
David Peterson’s son said he could give them out to whoever he pleases thanks to his father’s amazing Egg McMuffin invention that we’re very thankful for. One such person was Charles Ramsey, who got his for dropping his Big Mac to save the lives of three kidnapped women in 2013.
You may or may not know that Tyrese Gibson has a Benihana restaurant in his backyard, but on the whole, your favorite celebrities also like to dabble in fast food once in a while. Not very often, mind you; the grueling diets they have to endure for the latest superhero film or magazine cover see to that, but if you’re lucky, you might spot one in your local McDonald’s, and there’s every chance they’re not paying for that meal.