Almost everybody is familiar with McDonald’s long-time recurring Monopoly promotion–you collect tickets from your meals for your game board, and sometimes the pieces result in instant-win free food items.
How many times have you peeled off a stick revealing that you won a free sandwich or drink, only to end up never redeeming your prize? Well, Matt Lawson, a photographer from Melbourne, Australia had just the brilliant solution.
Matt suggested that instead of letting those instant-win vouchers go to waste, donate them to people in need. Since he originally shared his generous idea with the world, Matt received 38,000 likes and over 18,000 shared on his Facebook post.
The photographer explained to Metro UK that he was first inspired of the idea when he found his winning voucher and donated it to a homeless man who’d been a banker in the past but fallen on some hard times.
“While it is junk food, a person that hasn’t eaten for days will appreciate it, and it makes people aware of the homeless issue and teaches them to give,” Matt told Metro UK.
Since his Facebook post, Matt has received an overwhelmingly positive response on social media. And, although the fast-food chain wasn’t initially thrilled about the idea of exchanging Monopoly vouchers, they eventually warmed up to the idea.
“We admire Matt’s efforts and it’s up to customers how they use their tickets. We’ll honour any ticket presented in restaurant,” McDonald’s said in a statement.