A couple found a 1950s McDonald’s bag with fries inside the wall during home renovations


By Sara Smart, CNN

Cold fries are bad enough. But cold, old the fries are even worse.

It’s the Ronald McDonald surprise an Illinois couple stumbled upon while doing home renovations.

On April 16, Rob and Gracie Jones were doing work on their 1959 home in Crystal Lake, located about 80 miles northwest of Chicago.

Suddenly, they found a decades-old McDonald’s bag behind a wall.

“Rob was in the bathroom replacing the old toilet paper holder,” Gracie told CNN on Wednesday, “As he was removing the light fixture, he noticed a piece of fabric rolled up inside the wall.”

The couple had no idea they were about to discover decades-old fast food.

“At this point we both look at each other wondering if we would call the police because we just discovered evidence at a crime scene!” Gracie said: “We were very relieved to find the old McDonald’s bag.”

They then took the bag to their kitchen to carefully open it. Inside, they found two burger wrappers and half-eaten, decades-old fries that were crispy and brown.

“We saw the fries and we were like, ‘This is unreal. How the hell are those fries still in that bag and how are they so well preserved?! It was wild,” Gracie added.

McDonald’s fries are generally known for their salty scent, but the couple said these relics had no smell.

Gracie said they picked up a few fries and were surprised how sturdy they were, despite looking decrepit.

Searching for the logo on the bag they discovered, the couple learned that it was used in McDonald’s production from 1955 to 1961.

They also discovered that one of the first McDonald’s in the area was built down the street from their house in 1959 – the same year their house was built.

The bag even contained the fast food chain’s original mascot, Speedee.

CNN has contacted McDonald’s about the unusual find and is awaiting comment.

For now, the couple have the old meal in reserve and do not know what to do with it.

“We’d be happy to sell it or else we’d probably keep it as a cool piece of history,” Gracie said.

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