Any good night out starts with some pre-drinks at home, and ends with fast food. Whatever happens in between is up to you, but it is a well-known fact that capping off the night of dancing and drinking with a burger, kebab, or bucket of chicken makes for the ultimate Saturday night. And while the quality of those nights out clubbing are going to vary, you can guarantee that the fast food institution of your choice will mostly stay the same.
While it's a lot of fun for customers, those who work these late shifts and have to face the hoards of incoming drunkards at four in the morning have it pretty rough sometimes. It's hard enough trying to make sense of a series of inebriated patrons as they order with slurred speech, but a building full of post-clubbing partygoers at the end of a long night of drinking can stir up some violence too.
In fact, McDonald's restaurants around the world have had to deal with an increasing amount of altercations between their customers, and sometimes even the staff. Last year, a fight that broke out in an Australian McDonald's led to jail time for one of the men involved, while a viral video in 2015 depicted a group of men spraying security guards with the restaurant's fire extinguishers.
To combat this surge in violence, it seems that McDonald's has begun to introduce a subtle technique to assuage any brewing conflict during these late night hours of drunken binging.
McDonald's locations in Scotland, England, and Australia have begun implementing classical music into the later opening hours of their restaurants. This testing began a couple of years ago, and is done in the hopes that patrons could be calmed down to a more docile level by the relaxing music.
Glasgow was the first city known to try out the music trick, but it seems to have spread further. Now the likes of Beethoven's "Ode to joy" and Mozart's "Magic Flute" have been heard in a number of British restaurants, with reports of it coming from customers in Liverpool, Cambridge, Swansea, Southampton and London.
A spokesperson from McDonald's said:
"We have tested the effects of classical music in the past and played it in some of our restaurants as it encourages more acceptable behaviour. Typically, classical music would be played from early evening onwards and, in some cases, on certain nights in a small number of restaurants"
The classical music is said to vary from restaurant to restaurant, and the reaction of customers has been mixed. Though most seem to find the introduction of the likes of Bach at the end of their night out a little bewildering more than anything
Yet there must be something behind McDonald's being such a top choice for late night drunken fast food, beyond your inebriated state. And it's not as if they're not endlessly tempting while sober either. Luckily for you, we discovered why McDonald's fries are so addictive.