Finalist In McDonalds/MySpace Jingle Contest Is Former McDonalds Armed Robber

Well, here’s something that’s so ridiculous it couldn’t be made up. McDonald’s teamed up with MySpace to create a new jingle for the 40th anniversary of the Big Mac. The original song (two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce…) was created back in 1974. Over 1,000 user created songs and videos were submitted – the winner’s jingle becomes the official Big Mac song and will be featured in a McDonald’s Big Mac TV commercial.

Enter 29 year old Tamien Bain, who held up a McDonald’s at gunpoint when he was 14, was convicted as an adult and served 12 years in prison. He’s also one of the five finalists in the jingle competition (no. 4, the guy with the white tshirt and baseball cap).

The finalists were selected by a panel of judges. Apparently someone didn’t do a background check before making the final decisions. Or perhaps they did a background check and this is a publicity stunt. Either way, Bain has reportedly hired a PR person and is making the most of the contest.

I can’t wait to see the commercial, because he’s definitely going to win. Here’s his video submission:

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