The much-awaited rollout of the BTS meal continues across the globe, and it has finally arrived in Indonesia today (9/6).
Similar to their Malaysian counterparts, Indonesian ARMY (BTS fans) gathered to prepare gift packs for McDonald's crew members as a token of appreciation for their hard work.
Selain sama bapa/ibu driver, terima kasih juga buat Kaka Kaka @McDonalds_ID yang udah super sibuk hari ini nyiapin semua keinginan Army. Semoga suka ya sama kado kecilnya💜— Rara• STREAMING BUTTER OY‼️ (@andiraaas) June 9, 2021
Foto sama Kaka-kaka MCDnya nyusul soalnya tadi pagi sibuk semua.#BTSxMcD #BtsMeal pic.twitter.com/MtIw4jbdpV
Because the meal was only available via drive-thru or delivery, ARMY also anticipated the surge in demand for food delivery riders, and many prepared thank-you cards and gifts in advance.
As of 10 June, a donation campaign to support riders in this hectic period had crossed 151 million rupiah (S$14,031). According to the The Jakarta Post, this amount surpasses the original goal of 107 million rupiah (S$9,942), just two days within the campaign's launch.
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Terima kasih 😭😭😭 bapaknya suka banget kenang-kenangannya, berkali-kali blg makasih, di dalemnya udah ada tip, aku kasi minum sm masker jg, bapaknya smpe terharu 😭🥺👍 sehat selalu 🥰💜— Aca 🐼 (@minkyungsa) June 9, 2021
#BTSxMcD #ThankYouOJOL#SemangatOJOL #WePurpleYouMcD@McDonalds_ID pic.twitter.com/Rb9iT80NmU
Salah banget bawa cuma 2box karena bapa ojolnya banyak banget. Langsung ludes ga sampe 1 menit🥺 maaf ya buat yang ga kebagian. Semangat pak beliin kita #BTSMeal terima kasih bapa/ibu driver pic.twitter.com/MxroAJ0WNW— Rara• STREAMING BUTTER OY‼️ (@andiraaas) June 9, 2021
However, not all was smooth-sailing on D-Day. Many reported long queues and a waiting time as long as 7 hours. Some ARMY were unable to purchase the meal after McDonald's outlets had to close early due to the overwhelming demand.
Terima kasih buat semangat dan antusiasme kalian dengan BTS Meal, McD'ers 💜 pic.twitter.com/F5usaaH4cx— McDonald's Indonesia⁷ (@McDonalds_ID) June 9, 2021
Power of BTS to BTS Meal McDonald #BTSMeal #BTSMealxMcD all McD temporarily closed due hectic time preparing BTS meal in Bandung Indonesia 💜💜 pic.twitter.com/c5wL9VMDF9— BubbleBubble (@BubbleJoy14) June 9, 2021
For army in indonesia pleas dont be panic buying bts meal.. in this situation try to be calm down.. and this event is for a month.. so if you cant get it right now you can at least trying tomorrow.. pls to be understand..— Hana-ssiᴮᴱ🎫 (@monomonnieah) June 9, 2021
Scenes of chaos were also reported at various outlets, with throngs of food delivery riders forming huge crowds as they waited for their orders.
Nih antrian BTS MEAL pic.twitter.com/FUAe2QAVOC— JAKARTA KERAS (@jakartaakeras) June 9, 2021
the bts meal effect in Indonesia... pic.twitter.com/bwk49lBKdW— ⁷ (@taephils) June 9, 2021
Nevertheless, many Indonesian ARMY still managed to get their hands on the highly anticipated meal. McDonald's Indonesia also took the initiative to separate the paper bag with the BTS logo using clean plastic bags, so that ARMY can keep it as memorabilia.
An Among Us-shaped chicken nugget from The BTS Meal sells for nearly $100K on eBay
i got the bts meal!! 🤌💜💜— ♡ jane (@jeonsbuby) June 9, 2021
so mcd indonesia decided to separate the bts logo printed paper bag and the sauce so we can preserve it 🥺#BTSMeal #BTSxMcD pic.twitter.com/Jr9WUuOSYa
@McDonalds_ID #BTSMeal #BTSxMcD This is my BTS meal.. Im from Indonesia.. the McD in my town Balikpapan, wrapped the meal with the regular paperbag and give me the BTS paperbag in Plastic Zipper bag... OMG Thank you so much, McD really know what ARMY want @McDonalds @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/F7IXbCiUHw— Echy Limpeleh⁷,MD. JK Bae,Suga BW,OT7 for life (@Echy_L) June 9, 2021
Moreover, Indonesian fans took part in ShareARMeal, an ARMY-initiated, global campaign that distributes meals to vulnerable communities.
Temen-temen @Wingsofbangtan_ juga bikin #MakanBarengARMY lho. Mereka juga bakal bagiin paket sembako buat para driver ojol 💜— Kitabisa (@kitabisacom) June 9, 2021
Cus ikut donasi ke https://t.co/lSo89PaUGG ya ✨https://t.co/GPMM13TzGY
Many Indonesian ARMY have also started ShareARMeal campaigns and fundraisers that tie in with BTS FESTA 2021, which commemorates the global pop sensation's upcoming 8th anniversary. Some fans took to Twitter to trend the #MakanBarengARMY hashtag, which translates to 'Let's Eat Together ARMY'.