It's a feeling that every American can relate to: you go to McDonald's; you order your fries; you eat your friends, and you feel like — just as quickly as you got said French fries — you are out of the fries. Well, if this harrowing tale has you saying, "OMG, me!" we have some good news for you: If you've ever felt like you've eaten your order of fries way too quickly, your gluttonous ways may not be the problem.
McDonald's workers have come out recently saying that they've been explicitly trained by their company to under-fill french fry orders, as per this AskReddit thread that asked what their respective occupations are "hiding" from the customer. Allow this one employee of the Golden Arches to explain:
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 actually wasn't.
I only had 1 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.
So if you've felt like the portions used to be more generous years ago, that's because they just might have been. Employees allege that they were instructed to pinch the base of fry cartons before adding the fries, so they looked like they were full from the top, but at the bottom there'd by significantly less fried potato goodness.
User ExperMENTALbunny said that there was only ever one customer who called them out on their technique, while others revealed they flat-out refused to partake in the practice.
A statement released by McDonald's clarifies:
"We believe these claims to be fictional...there are no ‘secret tricks’” at McDonald’s....[it has] strict operational procedures in place to ensure that fry portions are not under-filled. Without a verified source, we are unable to investigate this further."
Sounds like fry-gate might become a thing, people.
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