“Our dishes are equipped with geolocation chips. It is not possible to leave with it. You will explain yourself with the 17. This is the warning that was posted on a fast food chain establishment in the Territoire de Belfort.
Are the reusable dishes, which have been in place since the beginning of the year in McDonald’s, equipped with a small electronic device allowing potential thieves to be found?
The question arose, Explain The Parisian, following a warning displayed in a fast food chain establishment in the Territoire de Belfort. “Our dishes are equipped with geolocation chips. It is not possible to leave with it. You will explain yourself with the 17”, could we read on this warning, assure our colleagues. Enough to shake the canvas.
Do not panic: if the crockery is indeed equipped with a chip, as one can see it on photographs which circulate on the Web, in particular on the forum of JeuxVideo.com, it is not used to trace the customers. Benjamin Peri, founder of Pyxo, a company that offers reusable containers and supplies McDonalds, dots the “i”s in The Parisian. This device is only used to know the stocks in real time via NFC technology, used in particular by smartphones and bank cards.
Since January 1, fast food must use reusable tableware for meals and drinks served at the table, whether cups, lids, plates, containers or cutlery, in application of the law relating to the fight against waste and the circular economy (Agec) voted in 2020.