From 3fast5ubb: Someone stole the Big Mac!
Fast food aficionados might be familiar with the secret menus for places like In-N-Out Burger and Starbucks, but just in time for National Junk Food Day, a McDonald's manager has revealed that they too have a "secret menu" that allows customers to order creative variations on standard items.
The tasty revelation comes via a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread by orchidhibiscus, who says they are a McDonald's manager from the United Kingdom.
"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)," orchidhibiscus wrote when asked if they could verify the existence of a secret menu.
Many of the menu items have quirky names like the "Land, Sea and Air Burger" (McChicken and Filet-O-Fish patties added to a Big Mac) and the "Mc10:35" (two McDouble beef patties added to an Egg McMuffin). #HackTheMenu has a list of the most popular secret menu items.
Orchidhibiscus pointed out that the secret menu wasn't created by McDonald's and added that customers may need to explain their menu "hacks" as employees may not know them by name.
Mashable reached out to McDonald's for comment on the secret menu claims. While the company says it doesn't have a secret menu, it did confirm that customers can ask for changes.
"We do not have a secret menu at McDonald's UK. That's because we love the food that we serve in our restaurants and we don't want to keep it a secret from our customers," a McDonald's spokesperson said. "Any requests for extra items or changes to our products are considered at the restaurant manager's discretion and any additional items may be charged for."
“What the f—”
That’s what several parents are saying as they listen to their children’s talking Minions toys from McDonald’s spout out what they claim to be swear words.
Local news outlets in Florida and Ohio reported this week that concerned parents can hear the happy meal prizes saying “What the f—”
“It turned out to be a toy that decided to talk profanity,” Florida grandparent Bradley Merten told local Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV. “I can’t believe it’s coming out of a toy.”
His family contacted WFTV after purchasing the toy. McDonald’s is including one of three talking Minions toys in its happy meals as a promotion for the Universal movie, which hits theaters Friday. The allegedly foul-mouthed Minion seems to be the loincloth-wearing one.
The Florida grandfather said he was concerned his granddaughter would pick up the phrase, adding of McDonalds, “Check their toys before they hand them over.”
Similarly, in Ohio, fathers Taylor King and Robert Frazier heard theMinions in their kids’ happy meals cursing and didn’t want their kids to hear it.
“I heard what it said and I’m like, 'Whoa, hang on here,’” King toldColumbus, Ohio Fox affiliate WTTE. “It clearly says what it says.”
Frazier added, “As soon as we heard it, her mom took it away. I listened to it and that’s when we found out that’s what it was saying.”
One parent also posted a YouTube video — which you can watch above — in which he claims the toy says “Well, I’ll be damned” and “What the f—”
McDonald’s told The Hollywood Reporter that the toys aren’t cursing but speak “Minionese.”
“Minions speak ‘Minionese’ which is a random combination of many languages and nonsense words and sounds,“ a rep for McDonald’s told THR via email. "We’re aware of a very small number of customers who have been in touch regarding this toy, and we apologize for any confusion or offense to those who may have interpreted the sounds for anything other than jibberish. The allegation that this toy is saying any offensive phrase is not true. Any perceived similarities to actual English words are purely coincidental.”
Furthermore, McDonald’s told THR what the Caveman Minion is saying: “para la bukay,” “hahaha,” and “eh eh.”
Universal’s Minions, the prequel following the lovable yellow creatures from the Despicable Mefilms, hits theaters Friday, featuring the voices of Sandra Bullock, Allison Janney and Jon Hamm.
In Pennsylvania at least.
A Pennsylvania judge is not loving the McPayment system used by local McDonald's franchise owners Albert and Carol Mueller. According to the Times-Tribune, Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. ruled late last week that the Muellers — who own 16 McDonald's locations — broke the law by paying thousands of employees exclusively by debit card. These prepaid debit cards, also known as payroll cards, are ladened with feesthat cut into the actual amount of money employees receive.
Two years ago, a former employee sued the Muellers over the cards. The franchise owners eventually changed their payment policy but the lawsuit continued and turned into a class action suit with 2,380 members. The Times Leader writes that the judge ruled in Pennsylvania the debit cards did not count as "lawful money of the United States." Burke wrote in his opinion "[new] proposed legislation would allow payroll cards as one of several options for obtaining wages, rather than the exclusive one," which would then make payroll cards legal because then they would be a choice. Many other states already have similar legislation.
McDonald's is facing significant backlash regarding the payment of its employees. Many of its workers are protesting the low wages and are demanding a $15 per hour salary alongside the right to unionize. Recently, the chain announced it would give a dollar per hour raise to some of its employees, but it only applied to small portion of its workforce.