Tuesday, March 07, 2006
It happened again tonight. They shorted me at McDonalds.
You know, it wouldn’t bother me so much if it were just me. Or if it only happened once in a blue moon. But it happens about 25% of my visits. And there is always one hungry or dissapointed kid. Yes, I usually sit at the window and check every item, but I don’t do it EVERY time, which I should. As soon as you pull out into traffic, you hear “Mom, there’s no hamburger for Sissy!” from the backseat. Thats when I turn around and see two dozen people waiting in the drive-through line, and at least as many waiting inside. And it doesn’t matter which McDonald’s location it is. All three in this town have shorted me, plus others up and down the highway.
Tonight, my younger daughter wanted ONLY french fries. So they shorted us the fries. I wasn’t out in traffic yet, so I pulled into a parking space and grabbed my receipt. I want inside, waited in a slow line while they cooked food for the folks in front of me, and then explained my problem. While I was talking, they bagged up several portions of fries and handed them out the window. Then she scraped up what was left from the bottom of the fry bin and handed it to me. It was about half full. “This is all I have,” she said “I can make some more, but it will take a few minutes.”
No thanks, its late, the other food is getting cold, and I know when I’ve been screwed. Its not like this hasn’t happened before. I wonder why they never manage to give me too much food every once in a while. No, its always a shortage. Why do my kids love this eatery so much?
The classic McDonalds job application joke.
The McDonalds Soliloquy.
The Freaky Universe of McDonalds Commercials.
McDonalds chicks (warning, may be offensive).
The Great McDonalds Sign Prank.
Bringing democracy to Iraq.
McSpotlight is the anti-McDonalds site. Links take you to many other places.
THE OLD FOLKS
An elderly couple walked hand in hand slowly into McDonalds one cold winter evening. They looked out of place amid the young families and young couples eating there that night. Some of the customers looked admiringly at them.
You could tell what the admirers were thinking. "Look, there is a couple who has been through a lot together, probably for 70 years or more!" The little old man walked right up to the cash register, placed his order with no hesitation and then paid for their meal.
The couple took a table near the back wall and started taking food off of the tray. There was one hamburger, one order of French fries and one drink. The little old man unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half. He placed one half in front of his wife. Then he carefully counted out the French fries, divided them in two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife. He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set the cup down between them.
As the man began to eat his few bites of hamburger the crowd began to get restless. Again you could tell what they were thinking. "That poor old couple. All they can afford is one meal for the two of them."
As the man began to eat his French fries one young man stood and came over to the old couples' table. He politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple to eat. The old man replied that they were just fine. They were used to sharing everything.
Then people noticed that the little old lady hadn't eaten a bite. She just sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink.
Again the young man came over and begged them to let him buy them something to eat. This time the lady explained that no, they were used to sharing everything together. As the little old man finished eating, his wife helped to wipe his face neatly with a napkin.
The onlooking young man could stand it no longer. Again he came over to their table and offered to buy some food.
After being politely refused again he finally asked a question of the little old lady. "Ma'am, why aren't you eating? You said that you share everything. What is it that you are waiting for?" She answered...
The McDonalds Videogame