In 2005 a 22-year-old man named Ronald MacDonald was working at a Wendy’s restaurant when one night he was caught stealing in the Wendy’s safe by the restaurant manager. He was detained until police arrived and charged with theft.
Ronald had nothing to do with the clown from McDonald’s commercial just had an almost identical name. McDonalds’ mascot became popular in the 1960 and his appearance was based on Bozo the Clown. Originally, Ronald the Clown would appear in commercials set in ‘McDonaldland’: a fantasy world where he met his friends Hamburglar and the Fry Kids. The McDonaldland has been excluded from commercials in recent years.