Sammy Gabriel is concerned his three year old grandson learnt the phrase
Sammy Gabriel is concerned his three year old grandson learnt the phrase "what the f**k" from a McDonalds minion toy. Photo Leah Kidd / NewsMail Leah Kidd

WTF did that Minion just say to me?

WHEN Sammy Gabriel's three-year-old grandson began chanting "what the f**k", he was desperate to find out where he learnt such foul language.

Mr Gabriel never expected to find it was from a McDonald's Minion toy he'd got in a Happy Meal in Bundaberg last week.

"It's unbelievable. He (my grandson) was saying it clearly and he started coming up to me saying 'what the f**k'," Mr Gabriel said.

"Then I saw him banging (the Happy Meal toy) on the table and he would repeating the words when they came up."

"You can clearly hear that."

But a McDonalds spokeswoman denied the claims.

"Minions speak 'Minionese' which is a random combination of many languages and nonsense words and sounds," the spokeswoman said.

"'Minionese' has no translation to, or meaning in any recognised language," she said.

"Any perceived similarities to words used within the English language are purely coincidental."

The spokeswoman said Mr Gabriel was not the first to raise the concern regarding the Minion toys.

"We're aware of a very small number of customers who have been in touch regarding this toy," the spokeswoman said.

"We regret any confusion or offence to those who may have misinterpreted its sounds."

Mr Gabriel said he was concerned that other children were being exposed to and learning the language like his grandson.

"That's wrong, it's completely 100% wrong."

Mr Gabriel said he planned to approach McDonalds Bundaberg stores about the issue.

"I don't even know if McDonalds know what they're saying," he said.

"They might not even know, unless someone brings it up."

Mr Gabriel said he trusted the Happy Meal was child appropriate and didn't think to check what the toy said.


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