Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Video: Girlfriend Is Not Lovin' This McDonald's Drive-Thru Proposal

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

While some people may be getting exactly what they want at McDonald's, one guy's girlfriend is definitely not lovin' his drive-thru marriage proposal.

Instead of taking a dramatic, expensive, or cheesy approach, Los Angeles photographer Michael Joseph chose a more quirky route by proposing to his girlfriend with an engagement ring hidden in a McDonald's Crispy Chicken Deluxe sandwich. Joseph decided to make his super-sized gesture at the same West Hollywood McDonald's drive-thru that the couple visited on their first date. Unfortunately for him, his girlfriend did not find his scheme romantic and awkwardly shuts him down. Fortunately for us, he caught the entire disastrous result on a hidden camera.

In the description for the YouTube video of the proposal, Joseph explains, "I met my girlfriend 2 years ago in LA. I've never been good at planning in advance which is why we wound up ending our first date at this exact McDonalds. She joked for months about how 10 years down the road I would probably propose to her in a chicken nugget box so I thought she would love when I surprised her this way."

The video begins innocently enough as Joseph picks up his girlfriend Ann and suggests swinging by McDonald's for a quick bite. After a seemingly straightforward order, Joseph hands the box containing the chicken sandwich—which he has prearranged with the engagement ring placed on top—and awkwardly convinces her to open it. While Ann is initially speechless and even seems slightly amused, when Joseph asks, "Will you marry me?", her reaction quickly turns to shock, laughter and disbelief. As she manages to utter cringe worthy responses, including "You're not serious" and "This is not what you do," it becomes clear that the plan is not working in Joseph's favor. When he places the ring on her hand the situation only becomes more painful to watch, but watch we will. And at the same time, we remain a bit suspicious that the video may be a part of an elaborate viral ad campaign.

Support for LAist comes from

And while Ann's reaction to the proposal does not seem to bode well for couple, according to Australian news outlet ninesm who first spoke to Joseph, the two are surprisingly still together. We're guessing Joseph might go for a more traditional proposal next time.