In early September, a Reddit question posed to a popular Reddit forum, r/AskReddit, led to a shocking allegation about McDonald's policy on fries.
"I worked at McDonald's," began the French fry whistle-blower in a thread titled "What did your job want you to hide from customers?"
It's not everyday that an anonymous person on the internet called "ExperiMENTALbunny" makes a multi-billion dollar corporation explain themselves. But here we are, so you know it's important.
"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 one customer call me out on it," they continued. "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 for years. It's been seven years and I can still see his face."
Another user, calling himself Psychoopiates, piled on in a response:
I fucking hated that practice and basically refused to do it. 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.
The fries were dirt cheap too! Case held 6 bags, each bag made 8 or 12 baskets, and each basket made 4-5 large fries filled my way. They only cost 20$ a case, so if they just filled them like I would they would net 288$ with all conservative numbers(8,4,1.5$) and assuming they were all sold in meals. This is coming from management side because I was shipping manager so I had to know all this shit.
Just like their employees, McDonalds was humiliated at the claim thrown in their fry-shoveling face. They responded in a statement to The Independent, saying, "We believe these claims to be fictional, there are no 'secret tricks' and we have strict operational procedures in place to ensure that fry portions are not under-filled."
It's a strong statement, and one that precludes the explanation of an individual, fry-hoarding franchise manager or owner taking fry-saving matters into their own hands.
McDonald's continued to throw salt at the claim: "Without a verified source we are unable to investigate this further."
You can tell they're pissed because they refused to acknowledge ExperiMENTALbunny and Psychoopiates as legitimate accusers.
Until a brave employee is willing to put a face to this bombshell allegation, just keep dumping your fries out of and back into the carton.
Apparently, that's a respected form of litigation at your local fast food joint.