As if McDonald's Wasn't Dirty Enough, They're Now Spraying DNA On Criminals

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I'd like to know what's being stolen from this Dutch McDonald's. Coffee stirrers? Napkins? Toilet paper? This synthetic DNA spray intrigues me, though—not only does it "tag" crims, but when the button is pressed, it alerts police too.

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So far, only one Dutch McDonald's in Rotterdam has been outfitted with the DNA sprayer, and while not a single arrest has been made after a criminal has been coated with the DNA (which is visible under UV light), police are claiming it has actually helped deter potential thieves. Meanwhile, the McDonald's around the block has probably seen an increase in crime, but anyhoo.

The DNA spray is activated by staff who just have to remove a 10 Euro note from a special location behind the counter, which then triggers the spray which is suspended over the door to the restaurant. While signs are up on the door warning would-be thieves "you steal, you're marked" it's invisible to the people inside.

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I guess it makes for a nice change from the usual ketchup stains down your top. [NY Times]

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drsquirrel-old
DrSquirrel

This is strange...

McDonalds doesn't really have anything to steal... it's not like a shop with shelves and products.

And how do they know that someone is a thief?

I went into a shop (large chain) once, lady at the front counter pressed a button which alerts someone upstairs to come down and have a look at this "dodgy" looking person... difference here is this person that came down to check on my terribley illegal antics, like walking into a shop... was my mother.

I'm not some tracksuit wearing gimp or whatnot - so if it's just down to some cashiers oppinion, we're all going to be covered in UV dye.