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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bolivia Bids Ronald McDonald Hasta la Vista

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Thousands of Bolivians crammed into McDonald's on the weekend to order their final Big Macs before the fast food restaurant leaves the country for good.

McDonald's served its last hamburgers in Bolivia at midnight on Saturday after announcing a global restructuring plan in which it would close its doors in seven countries with poor profit margins.

Most Bolivians said they were sad to see McDonald's go, after finally becoming accustomed to the fast-food culture so radically different from their traditional Bolivian cuisine.

"It was very hard to get used to McDonald's; it's like another planet," said Miriam Torres, a kindergarten teacher who saved up for one week to take her two sons to celebrate one final birthday with Ronald McDonald.

Torres, like many other Bolivians, said she felt somewhat betrayed that McDonald's would give up on Bolivia after being here for such a short period of time.

McDonald's brought fast-food culture to Bolivia seven years ago.

Others lamented that Bolivia, the poorest South American nation, could not have provided a healthier economy to keep the U.S. company from leaving.

McDonald's will be survived by Burger King, which has said that it now plans to expand its presence in Bolivia.