News From The Future – McDonalds Sprays You With DNA Spray (if you McSteal something)… “DNA McSpray to foil thieves – McDonalds to use new anti-theft spray” @ News.com.au. That guy above took 1 extra too many nugget sauce packets!
McDONALD’S restaurants are fighting back against thieves by blasting suspected robbers with an invisible DNA spray as they attempt to flee. The spray, which remains on the suspect’s skin for two weeks and on clothes for up to six months, has been introduced in some of the chain’s busiest NSW stores, including those at Parramatta, Granville, Auburn, Lidcome, Kingsford and Wollongong, reported The Daily Telegraph. If the SelectaDNA “forensic marking” spray proves successful in apprehending bandits, McDonald’s will introduce the system across all its 780 Australian outlets.
Upon hearing the news (and getting McSprayed) The Hamburglar said “This is clearly another example of Mayor McCheese abusing his power, McDonaldland has turned in to a police state”.
On a serious note, is the total cost of theft for every McDonalds in AU that huge? This reminds me of a visit to a large company awhile ago, they developed multi-million dollar system to potentially catch a few people stealing razor blades in a drug store. It did pattern matching, profiling, costs millions, took years to develop, all for $0.39 cents of stuff. Many of these systems are looking for other buyers…