August 6, 2021
-New York Post
Ksenia Ovchinnikova claims she was lured into indulging in a juicy McDonald’s burger — and now she’s not lovin’ it.
The Russian woman is allegedly suing the fast-food chain after claiming that seeing a mouthwatering cheeseburger commercial made her break her fast during Lent.
“When I saw an advertising banner — I could not help myself,” said Ovchinnikova, an orthodox Christian, in a court statement regarding the Mac-religious act, according to Russian state media.
The unhappy meal reportedly occurred in April 2019, while the Omsk native was observing Lent, a strict period in which devout Christians are expected to forgo meat, meat by-products, poultry, eggs, and dairy.
Ovchinnikova claims she had adhered to the belt-tightening custom for a month when she saw an enticing Golden Arches banner advertising a cheeseburger and chicken nuggets. Despite successfully fasting for the last 16 years, the hangry woman couldn’t resist and “visited McDonald’s and bought a cheeseburger,” the repentant religious follower admitted in her statement.
However, the cheat meal apparently didn’t sit well with Ovchinnikova, who is reportedly suing McDonald’s for $14 as chomp-ensation for breaching consumer protection law and insulting her religious feelings, the Daily Mail reported.
“In the actions of McDonald’s, I see a violation of the consumer protection law,” fumed the wrathful worshipper. “I ask the court to investigate and, if a violation has taken place, to oblige McDonald’s LLC to compensate me for moral damage in the amount of one thousand rubles ($14).”
The court has yet to set a date for Ovchinnikova’s preliminary hearing, according to Russian outlets.