McDonald's AMA Exposes Life Under the Golden Arches

A primer on all your deepest fast-food questions.


Hope Ronald McDonald’s got his wig fastened on tight because a McDonald’s manager is blowing shit up with a Reddit AMA. The anonymous fast-food worker is telling all, from advice on the freshest foods to the truth behind the legendary secret menu. We’ve selected some choice cuts.

  • It’s a good sign if the shake machine is running slow:
“They go on heat treat for a few hours everyday to pastueurise the milk, then they’re taken apart for a few hours once a week and completely sanitised from inside out and the pastuerised milk is thrown out. When it’s hot out and they pull too many ice creams or shakes they get air trapped in their barrells and become really slow and can stop freezing or overfreeze the product.”
  • Steer clear of the chicken:
“The items marketed as ‘healthy options’ are worse than you’d think. Deep fried chicken goes into the wraps, the veggie patties are deep fried, and the salad dressings are filled with rubbish.
“The meat however, is good and is freshly grilled. It’s 100% local beef flank and doesn’t even use any binders like egg or rusk that you’d find even in the ‘good brands’ from the supermarket. The milk is from ‘organic’ farms. The breakfast menu uses real free range eggs. The chicken however, is pre-cooked and breaded before arriving to us frozen from Thailand.”
  • The staff loves something called ‘The McGangBang’:
“You can order from the ‘Secret Menu’. Just like with any of our sandwiches, you can add, remove or change ingredients by special request. These are called ‘grill orders’ (i.e. Big Mac no pickle).
“The items on the ‘secret menu’ weren’t invented by anyone officially at McDonald’s, it’s just a random persons guide to burgers you could potentially ‘hack’ at McDonald’s.
“Order one and the workers might not know it by name (i.e. Land, Air and Sea burger or the McGangBang) but if you explain what it is, and are willing to pay for all the ingredients, it’s just another ‘grill order’ that we can make up.”
  • Seriously, don’t get the chicken:
“DON’T order… the grilled chicken. It’s horrible frozen chicken that we defrost and steam and it’s a bit gelatinous.”
  • You can feed tons of kids really cheap. I told you:
“We sometimes get entire schools of children coming in. We seat about 300 and we can have one order of 200+ kids come in. The worst thing is they don’t know what they want until they get to the counter. We once had an order of 200 veggie deli sandwiches without a warning (they’re the more inconvenient item to make, along with filet-o-fish). Panic in the kitchen!”
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