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20 Secrets This Huge Fast Food Chain Won’t Admit

ShannonDecember 17, 2018

McDonald’s is fast, convenient, delicious, and most likely the cheapest place to eat in your town. But there are a few secrets that employees will never tell you- from money-saving tips to shocking confessions, here are 20 facts McDonald’s employees will never tell you.

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20. Never Buy a McFlurry Again

You can save money by getting an ice cream sundae with Mcflurry toppings instead of buying an actual McFlurry.

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19. Save Money By Ordering Separate Items

You can save money by ordering certain items separately, and combining them on your own. For example, you can order a sausage muffin for $1.29 and a round egg on the side for $1. This makes it $1 cheaper than a $3.29 Sausage Egg McMuffin, even though it’s literally the same exact ingredients!

A McDonald’s Big Mac has two patties, an extra piece of bread, and extra toppings. Credit: Pixabay

18. Skip the Big Mac

It’s FREE to add one serving of a condiment to your hamburger, which means that by asking for lettuce and secret sauce, you can basically turn a McDouble into a Big Mac. Just keep in mind that if you ask for “extra” of any topping that is already included on the original burger, they count that as two servings, and you will be charged a few extra cents.

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17. McDonald’s Wastes Tons of Food

All of the food has to be thrown away at the end of the night. This is because of health code violations. It’s a shame, though, because it could be donated to people in need!

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16. The Secret to Getting Better Service

Secret shoppers visit McDonald’s to evaluate their customer service and the quality of their food. They have to upload their receipts to get reimbursed for their meal. So just by asking for your receipt at checkout, employees will automatically treat you better and give you the freshest food, just in case you’re that secret shopper.

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15. The Not-So-Secret Menu Items

McDonald’s invents secret menu items when business is slow, and they want to attract new people to the store. However, not every employee is in on the secret, so be sure to explain what it is, and bring a copy of the news on your phone.

McDonald’s employees must wash their hands. Credit: Pixabay

14. Employees Don’t Wear Sanitary Gloves

McDonald’s employees do not wear gloves when they make your food, but they have to stop working to wash their hands every hour.

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13. Those Apples Pies Probably Aren’t Fresh

Some people love getting apple pies for dessert, and “holiday pies” are especially popular in December. But You might want to skip buying breakfast burritos and apple pies throughout the rest of the year. Since they are almost never ordered, the same items sit on the shelf all day long, so they probably won’t be fresh.

The McDonald’s drive-thru is usually fast and convenient. Credit: Pixabay

12. When in Doubt, Go To the Drive-Thru

Drive-thru orders are a priority, so most of the time you really do save time, compared to eating in the restaurant.

If you’re going to McDonald’s late at night, bring cash. Credit: Shutterstock

11. Carry Cash at Night

If you go to a 24-hour McDonalds, make sure you have cash, because they can no longer accept large bills or cards after a certain time at night.

Vanilla ice cream cones are only $1 at McDonald’s. Credit: Pixabay

10. No Ice Cream For You

Have you ever noticed that the McDonald’s ice cream machines seem to always be broken? That’s because they are really sensitive, and it’s easy to make a mistake. So an employee is not lying to you if they say it’s off-limits for the day.

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9. It’s Hard To Work at McDonald’s

Working at McDonald’s gets a bad rap, but far more people are turned down during the hiring process than you would imagine. Employees are also never allowed to sit down during their shift, so they are likely very tired. So show a little more respect!

Industrial hamburger machines used in McDonald’s. Credit: NoGarlicNoOnions

8. Cooking Burgers is Easier Than You Think

We may imagine a fry cook flipping burgers in the back, but the hamburger patties only take 30 seconds to cook, and there is a mechanism that helps cook them from both sides at the same time.

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7. Prepare to be Ignored

If you are rude at the drive-thru or say “hello” a million times as if they can’t hear you, the employees are actually more likely to ignore you.

Happy meals will take longer to make than many other meals. Credit: Shutterstock

6. Not-So-Happy Meals

It takes longer to put together a Happy Meal, because the employees have to get the special carrying case, toy, and dessert. So if you’re on a diet, just get the small fries, hamburger, and drink like a real grown up!

Fresh McDonald’s french fries are the best. Credit: Pixabay

5. There is Always an Added Wait Time to Special Orders

If you ask for “no salt” on your fries, it means they have to make an entire new batch, because all of the french fries are salted as soon as they’re done. So don’t get upset if they make you wait.

Waiting until the last minute to figure out what you want is the worst. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Know What You Want, Please.

Your cashier may be polite, but if you’re not sure what you want to order, it makes everyone mad, including customers behind you!

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3. Double the Toppings, Double the Price

As we mentioned earlier, it’s free to ask for additional condiments on your sandwich, so long as the burger you ordered did not have it already. For example, When you ask for extra lettuce on a big mac, they will charge you 20 cents extra, because the big mac already had one serving of lettuce. The same goes for any time you order double the normal amount of a condiment.

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2. Beware of the Chicken Nugget Dipping Sauces

McDonald’s has a “sauce policy” for their McNuggets, so you get more packets for free the bigger your order gets. Extra sauce packets are 25 cents each, so if you ask for too many, don’t be surprised if your total bill is a bit higher than normal.

Grilled chicken breast takes much longer to cook than a hamburger. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Healthy Eating Means Longer Wait Times

Artisan sandwiches take a lot longer to cook. The boneless chicken breast takes about 8 minutes, total. Sure, it’s a lot healthier to eat than the 30-second hamburgers, but just be prepared to wait longer.

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