The recently opened Hunger King is the talk of Budapest. You might be thinking that it is just another fast food joint in town. Fortunately it isn’t and neither it is a parody chain of Burger King, rather a pointed protest against Hungarian officials' treatment of the homeless.
This “limited edition restaurant”, the brainchild of Finnish artist Jani Leinonen, is currently open for three weeks and looks to draw attention to the Hungarian government's new laws that make it a crime to be a homeless or to sleep in public spaces with fines issued to to people found "in breach" of these. Those who regularly don't pay the fine can be be sent to prison.
Hunger King is highlighting the hypocrisy of such legislation by dividing its exhibition "cafe" into two sections: rich and poor with signposts to that effect directing and segregating customers to each section.
Soi-disant rich can buy a cardboard burger for 600,000 Hungarian Forints (around 1950 EUR) by skipping the line whereas the poor need to stand in line for almost six hours to receive 3,400 forints (around 11 Euro) in a burger box, equivalent to the minimum daily wage that they would have earnt in the same period.
This project's main aim is to get people talking. So even if you can’t make it to the Hunger King restaurant in Budapest, "Order your Happy meal" here on the website: Hungerking.net!!