Jevh Maravilla, a Filipino-American student at the University of Houston, frequented the McDonald's branch.
McDonald's, however, did not indicate whether it meant to remove Maravilla and Toledo's photo.
The two friends pose in front of their poster.
They edited the poster to have the same dotted circle design as the other ones in the restaurant.
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'What motivated me was Crazy Rich Asians, the movie that came out, that boosted my confidence into thinking maybe one day I could be just like that, and if I take a step and do something small like this, it could make a difference. Then they ordered it online and waited for it to arrive.
They lay in wait for over an hour until the coast was clear. Then we took a pic with our pic in the frame and put that in another frame!
If you're going to pull a prank, you might as well do it right.
Maravilla believes there are not a lot of Asians represented in the media and thought of the flawless opportunity to make that happen.
"All races deserve recognition, and I guess I did my part", he said.
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After the incident McDonald's applauded the duo for their creativity.
Then they set out to ideal the photo, which needed a bit of doctoring.
Jevh's tweet about his escapade has been shared more than 140,000 times, and retweeted nearly 600,000 times. People have been leaving comments endorsing his message on representation.
Taking stock of the posters showing people enjoying their own McDonald's meals, Maravilla said he noticed none in the restaurant they frequented featured Asian people.
What the future holds for the poster is a question only McDonald's can answer.
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