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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.