Japan McDonald's T-shaped 'Hip Bar' seats for customers to dine & dash

Many will not stand for this.

Julia Yee | March 17, 2023, 05:42 PM

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Singapore is known for its fast-paced lifestyle, but even that pales in comparison to Japan's.

Japan's unique culture has given rise to solo dining (also known as every introverts' dream) whereby customers can simply dip in and out of a restaurant without the fuss of social interactions.

Even fast food chains as universal as McDonald's are a novel experience there.

Cursed chair

On Mar. 11, a Twitter user posted a photo of some unorthodox seating at a McDonald's outlet in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

The caption reads: "Mac's chair in Tokyo is too gross."

The chair — whether or not it's deserving of the name is debatable — is made up of a single metal pole attached to a short log-like cushion that doesn't look very cushiony.

"I thought that it was unexpectedly possible to sit in spite of its appearance," the poster said.

One commenter said that is was a smart way to make seats less obstructive for passersby.

Other users expressed concern for their nether regions.

Some also said it could be to encourage quicker turnovers — one's ass hurting would certainly do the trick.

Comfort & efficiency

According to Yahoo! Japan, an interview with McDonald's public relations team revealed that these chairs have a name: 'Hip Bars'.

They were introduced in big cities such as Tokyo and Nagoya to save space and time.

"At McDonald's, we take into consideration the characteristics of our customers and the location of each store, and we adopt layouts and equipment that are suitable for each store. The 'Hip Bar' is designed for customers who want a quick meal in a short amount of time."

Yep, it's come to this. They're trying make fast food even faster.

Top images via Twitter P9rAw and Getty Images Noriko Hayashi