Have you ever ordered fries from a fast food joint only to be seriously underwhelmed by the amount of fries you were given?
Former McDonald’s employees are now claiming that some workers are pressured to cut down the amount of fries they serve customers through a sneaky trick. In a Reddit thread titled “What did your job want you to hide from customers,” two anonymous users wrote that they had to pinch the bottom of French fry cartons when filling them up at McDonald’s, making the carton look full despite being half empty.
“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,” posted ExperiMENTALbunny. “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.”
Another Reddit user, Psychoopiates, wrote that “I f—ing 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.”
Although the two former employees were familiar with the trick, it’d be best to take their words with a grain of salt. First off, they’ve posted anonymously, meaning we have no way of telling whether or not they actually ever worked at a McDonald’s. And second, each McDonald’s branch has different managers and workers, so this practice might be encouraged at one branch and discouraged at another.
McDonald’s spokesperson Terri Hickey denied these claims completely: “The notion of a secret trick is absolutely false. There are strict procedures in place to ensure that fry boxes and bags are appropriately filled so our customers can enjoy our World Famous Fries to the fullest.”
But let’s face it, we’ve all probably been on the receiving end of an underwhelming order of fries — and it could’ve been from McDonald’s, Burger King or about a dozen other fast food places. As if that’d stop you from going back.