Things aren't looking too good for McDonald's recently.  Not only do they have to deal with accusations of  their long-time mascot specifically marketing to kids and making them fat, but last weekend they had to deal with accusations of racism.

Over the weekend, a fake photo showing what looks like an official notice from McDonald's was widely circulated across the Internet.  The notice read:

Please Note:

As an insurance measure due in part to a recent string of robberies, African-American customers are now required to pay an additional fee of $1.50 per transaction.

Naturally, this caused a bit of a stir on the Internet. Many people re-posted the picture on Twitter along with the comment "Seriously McDonald's." McDonald's fired back on their own Twitter account not once, but twice, stating that the photo was a hoax.

It's not clear where the hoax originated from, but it is clear that the picture is fake. For one thing, the toll-free phone number listed on the bottom of the image isn't McDonald's number.  (It's Kentucky Fried Chicken's number according to some Twitter users) And really, do you honestly believe McDonald's could get away with this if it was real?

So, as it turns out, McDonald's isn't racist after all. Now we can go back to blaming them for making our kids fat.