10/28/08 - Bad news from McDonald's

I decided I wanted to McDonald's for lunch this afternoon thinking I could get a really big meal for pretty cheap. I ordered my usual meal which includes a small fry and 2 double cheeseburgers (no mustard or ketchup, add Mac Sauce). The total came out to be $3.77 when it should have been $3 and some change (for tax).

I immediately asked the guy what was up because this is not the first time this has happened to me. When you order a breakfast value meal, they automatically "upsize" you to the soft drink price even if you specifically say, "I want the coffee". I've had to correct them three times now in the last couple months.

His response was something along the lines of, no that's right as if I had failed elementary algebra. Then he looked at it again after I insisted that something seemed incorrect at which point he remembered (I honestly believe he had forgotten) that they had raised prices a few days earlier.

So now, you can no longer get a double cheeseburger for $1. You can get a double HAMburger for $1 and then add cheese for $.30. There were several other items he said they raised the price on, but I don't care about any of the others. I was just sad they raised the prices. I guess I will be fine with not having cheese on my modified Big Mac.

The story does end well though because after I got my food, on the way to sitting down at a table, I noticed a fairly small sign, about half the size of a sheet of notebook paper that said "All day Tuesday, Free Small Iced Mocha". Since it was Tuesday, I was interested to know if they had just forgotten to take down the sign from weeks previous, or if they were really going to honor the freebie.

The problem was that I knew I didn't like the coffee drinks. I'm cheap though, so if it's free, more than likely I will get it. Sure enough, after I ate, I went to the counter and asked if it was in fact Tuesday. The guy looked at my like I was an idiot and basically said that he wasn't really sure (personally, I thought that was pretty funny). At that point, I just came out and said that I wanted the free iced mocha on the sign at which point he had to call over a manager and ask her what they were giving away for free. Eventually, it was all worked out and sure enough, I walked out of there with a free small iced mocha. I drank the whole thing, and realized that for a free coffee drink, it wasn't too bad. In fact, if I had only eaten the reddi-whip from off the top of the drink, I would have been happy.

That's my story, they charged me an extra $.60 that I wasn't expecting, but I got a free coffee drink that I wasn't expecting. Unfortunately, I can eat other places and get just as much food for cheaper (see: Wendy's dollar menu) so it might be a while before I go back to McDonald's.


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I know they're not supposed to be funny - but when ever I read your posts about food and the cost I can't help giggling a little.
I know money doesn't grow on tree's, but I'm probably a little too carefree when it comes to spending money, especially buying food. But I wouldn't have anywhere near the amount of financial obligations as you, or a family to look after.
Che is exactly like you, which is probably why I find it funny.

I'll change my tune when I have a mortgage and children... you'll see my blog carrying on about the cost of take-away food!

Also, when you state the prices, they seem so minimal to me - I sometime forget you're an American :P

I sound like a bitch, don't I?


By Blogger babibootiful, at October 30, 2008 at 8:59 PM  

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