Former McDonald's workers have band together and unveiled their best McDonalds hacks and top tips on the forums website Quora. While the tips were shared by people from the US and the UK - but a lot of these tips could potentially be universal.
Here's some of the top tips.
- "Also, unless it's closed, ALWAYS go inside. It's usually faster, because everyone decides to go through the drive-thru."
- "In the UK we have 2 periods which are known as Gapbuster Times. Basically between 12-2 and 5pm-7pm workers have to be extra careful because that is when gapbusters (mystery shoppers), who are paid, visit McDonald's restaurants and rate their experience. This then goes to the overall store rating and every store manager will do everything to ensure this rating is as positive as possible."
- "It is easy to spot a gapbuster because they always ask for a receipt (so they can get their food costs reimbursed by the company employing them)"
- "When ordering breakfast, try a round egg on your sandwich. It's the best egg we have (and definitely real!) I'd recommend it on the bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit/bagel."
- "If trying to use coupons at the drive thru (particularly those great deals you have on the app), let the order taker know that you have more than one order and use your coupons away! (it will only take off one per order)"
- "If you want fresh fries, order them sans salt. This ensures that we have to make a new batch, just for you. You could also request a fresh batch and you're likely to have good luck there, too. This same trick works for a Filet o’ fish ordered without the cheese."
- "Running on a budget, but craving a Big Mac? Ask for a McDouble (or two on the 2 for $2 menu) dressed like a Big Mac- hold the ketchup and mustard, add lettuce and Mac sauce. You'll save a few bucks and I've heard they taste great too."
- "Simply asking for a burger "fresh", they will make a fresh one, they might warn you it might take an extra 5 minutes to cook fresh meat, especially fried foods will take up to 7 minutes. The workers dont mind much because that means they can take their time making your food and not be as rushed. Just don't complain when it's busy, and it takes 10-15 minutes to make your order. But if you ask it, they will make it."
- "If you want real eggs on your breakfast sandwiches instead of the liquid stuff, you can put a round egg onto any breakfast sandwich. Just ask for a "round egg" on it (same egg they use on McMuffins)."
- "You can customize your burger with no extra cost unless you are adding extra patty."
- "If you are not happy with anything, you can ask to exchange it, they would be happy to do it if the reason is genuine. "
So these hacks may not be 100% true and applicable for us Kiwis, but hey, could be worth a shot, right?