Everybody loves a McDonald's, right?
But what do people like more than McDonald's, I hear you ask? Finding a way to hack the system and get more greasy junk food for your buck, and maybe even get some of the sweat meaty stuff for free along the way.
What if after all your endeavors and hacks, trying to sweeten up the McDonald's employees every time you go, collecting a mountain of coupons, even downloading the app that is impossible to work - you find out that McDonald's staff have been cheating you this entire time?
Ex-McDonald's employees have claimed they've been forced to cheat customers out of the correct amount of fries using their own signature hack. As you can imagine, the whole world is outraged.
A McDonald's worker took to Reddit to confesses this cardinal sin, and explained how all staff were taught to give out fewer fries than usual. Several other Reddit users/McDonald's employees, current and former, also relayed some interesting information that is bound to shock customers and senior management alike.
On a thread titled: "What did your job ask you to hide from customers?", one person wrote:
"I worked at McDonald's and they taught me how to pinch the fry carton just right while putting the fries into them so that it looked full but it actually wasn't.
Whether customers ordered small or extra large fries, many of them were being left well short thanks to a specific technique that was effective no matter how many fries were in the shovel.
The Reddit user who started the thread continued:
"I only had one customer call me out on it. He shook the fries out into his bag and poured them back into the fry carton himself and it only filled up half way so I had to give him more fries.
"I was impressed and embarrassed. It's been 7 years and I can still see his face."
It takes a keen eye (and appetite) to notice the subtle shortcut these whistleblowing McDonald's workers were allegedly told to take. So why all the shady practices and back-alley dealings McDonald's? Well, it's pretty clear the trick was designed to make sure the supply of fries went further, and make the company more money than they were supposed to. Doesn't take a genius to see that this is downright shameful.
Some workers did not feel comfortable knowing this information. They joined in on the thread. One said: "I fucking hated the practice and basically refused to do it", and another tried to make up for the wrongdoing when they could, saying: "I Never got fired but managed to have a few customers ask me when my shifts were the next week so they could have me filling their fries."
Another user said that when they worked for McDonald's they, "would purposely overfill the boxes of fries and fill drinks to the top instead of just stopping at what the machine automatically dispensed."
They added that they'd make sure to "always would give extra McFlurry toppings to nice customers and little kids". Not all heroes wear capes, and it goes to show what a little kindness can do.
Unsurprisingly, McDonald's have tried to quash the potato-based rumours and released several comments. Speaking to the Independent, a McDonald's spokesperson said: "We believe these claims to be fictional, there are no secret ticks and we have strict operational procedure in place to ensure that fry portions are not underfilled"
"Without a verified source we are unable to investigate this further", as it could be the case that these incidents only took place in one restaurant or an area franchised by the same person.
They finished off their rebuttal by saying: "Our employees work hard to ensure our customers have the best experience possible in out restaurants and we strongly refute any claims otherwise." Make sure you are not getting shorthanded the next time you go, and check those fries!