Now, usually, if you told me that there was a period during the day that I couldn't order anything off the McDonald's menu, I would run home and curl up on my sofa in a deep state of depression. I would then return to that particular franchise two hours later, with a box of matches and gasoline to ensure nobody else would hurt like I did.
But when you consider that every morning, while you're on your way to work or sleeping off a stiff hangover, there's something special known as the McDonald's Breakfast Menu. I admit, I'm being a little obtuse; of course you've heard about the delicious McDonald's Breakfast.
But what happens when you try to order off the regular menu before 10:30? Usually, the staff helpfully tell you that they're not serving Big Macs or enough french fries to put you in a diabetic coma, at which point you're left with a choice. Do you order off the breakfast menu, or do you wait until lunchtime to sink your teeth into some delicious McDonald's? Of course, you could always do what this guy did.
For more, let's take a trip to Sydney in Australia. At a McDonald's drive-thru out in Epping, New South Wales, 30-year-old "vegan" Kole Olsen tried to order some McNuggets, as is his right. He was, however, denied by the Australian franchise, what with it being 4.50am and all. Refusing to be denied, Olsen went ballistic and proceeded to take four laps of the drive-thru, ordering a ton of hash browns on the second one.
By the time the cops arrived after responding to a 911 call, Olsen was still sitting outside the restaurant, waiting for a whopping 200 hash browns and racking up a bill of around $230 AU. When they performed a breathalyzer test and found out he was over three times the legal limit (his blood alcohol was tested at 0.175), they arrested him pretty much on the spot.
Unsurprisingly, the 30-year-old was given a 12-month good behavior bond, and fined $1,000, with his license suspended for nine months.
According to the Telegraph, the Court was told that Olsen yelled: “I want my f***ing nuggets” at staff after being told he could not order them just before 5 am on Saturday, November 11, at Thornleigh McDonald’s, in Sydney’s northwest.
He then circled the drive-thru, yelling out abuse and honking his horn, before ordering 200 hash browns costing $230. The manager hand-delivered the 200 hash browns to Olsen after he had left the drive-thru. But after that, he wanted a refund for 200 fries and Big Macs he didn’t order and screamed “I am going to f**k you all up” at the staff. The manager put the store into lockdown before waiting for police to arrive.
The Telegraph also included this exchange in the report:
Magistrate Daniel Reiss seemed surprised Olsen had even thought to visit McDonald’s. “I thought he was on a vegan diet?” he said. Olsen’s lawyer Elizabether Wye told the court her client was sticking to his diet when ordered the 200 hash browns. “My understanding is that hash browns are a vegan food,” Ms Wye said.
Although we might laugh at this gentleman and his arguably excessive reaction to being denied McNuggets in the wee hours of the morning, this isn't the first time that people have lost their minds over being stopped from ordering from the regular menu until after 10:30.
So frequent is the public's dismay, McDonald's was actually forced to explain why they don't usually serve the Breakfast Menu along their regular fare.
"We only have the capacity to cook one set of products at a time. Breakfast and main menu items cook at different temperatures and we need the same set of equipment to cook sausage and eggs and beef patties. We also would not cook beef and pork on the same grill at the same time. There is limited space in the kitchen and we have the maximum amount of grills at the moment in all our restaurants."
Magistrate Reiss later said the Olsen’s “bizarre” behavior “sounds like drugs and mental health to me”.
Now that you know the honest truth, I hope that you react a lot better to being told you can't order McNuggets. It's a tough rejection to take, but I know you have the emotional strength to survive. Just be sure not to order 200 hash browns. That seems like an extraordinary number of hash browns to order.
Don't do that.