Furniture collectors and fast food aficionados have estimated that the high chairs at a local McDonald’s family restaurant were in existence before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sporting deliciously retro cartoon depictions of Ronald McDonald and friends, the high chairs at the Greensborough McDonald’s store are expected to have seated multiple generations of local families, and appear to be a living embodiment of the old adage that “they just don’t make ‘em like they used to”.

While staff at the restaurant wouldn’t be drawn into a discussion about the exact age of the chairs, regular McDonald’s diner Grant Hughes said, “Them chairs have been there for ages mate. I reckon there’s a photo at me mum’s place of me sitting in one of them at my third birthday party in the 1980s. Legit. I’ve been eating in this place for many years, and I’ve seen a lot of changes in that time but those chairs have been the one constant.”

Meanwhile, local furniture consultant Rebecca Grainger also told The Watsonia Bugle, “The structural integrity of those chairs is indisputable. The stuff you buy these days just wouldn’t last that long. You’d get maybe five or six years out of a high chair now. And I haven’t even mentioned their ability to withstand decades of cleaning chemicals yet. Can you imagine how many pickles have been flung onto them in the last 30+ years? Not to mention the tomato sauce and soft serve ice cream.”  

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