Images of the Taipei McDonald's employee went viral after a customer shared them on Tumblr.
The woman pictured above, Wei Han Xu (Weiwei for short), is a college student from Taiwan. She's been working part-time at this McDonald's location in Taipei for 5 years without incident. But that was before she became a viral sensation.
Back in late June, a Tumblr user calling himself RainDog visited McDonald's and became entranced by Weiwei's beauty. He took it upon himself to grab eight high-resolution snapshots and post them to his blog, like any ordinary person would do. In his post, he referred to her multiple times as "Lolita," because he never read the end of that book.
What happened next will surprise you, unless you've ever looked at the Internet before. In a case eerily reminiscent of Taiwan's hot bean curd man, RainDog's post went viral, as shifty-eyed shut-in dudes the world over salivated over her big eyes, fetching smile, and ambiguous age. They dubbed her the "McDonald's goddess" and "Haitun," Chinese for "dolphin." And soon, their obsession carried over from the digital world to the uncomfortably real world.
Cyber-stalkers quickly tracked down which McDonald's Weiwei worked at, and started showing up en masse to get a look. Her manager has become fed up with the constant stream of mouth breathers crowding the counter to pester and take photos of her. Also, if they come by and she's not working, they leave without buying anything. It's almost like a McDonald's full of frustrated horny men is an unpleasant environment!
At least Weiwei stands to profit from her unwitting fame. Since this all happened, she's appeared on a few Taiwanese variety shows. She also has a budding modeling career, and regularly posts pictures of herself on her increasingly popular social media accounts.
Let's hope Weiwei's modeling career takes off soon, so she can stop working at McDonald's. Then she'll at least be able to choose when she gets harassed. Also, she won't have to participate in promotions where she dresses up in a little maid outfit.