McDonald's denies they short customers on french fries

According to the McDonald’s Corporation, customer care representatives are seriously trying to stop the rumors that the company uses “pinching” tricks to give customers less French fries.

In a discussion that started on Reddit from a one-time employee of the burger chain, the claim that workers are shown how to pinch the bottom of the French fries package thus giving customers less fries. Most customers don’t realize it until they get home! And then – you know – that shortage of french fries can become a real problem.

“I worked at McDonald’s and they taught me how to pinch the fry carton just right while putting the fries into them so that it looked full, but actually wasn’t,” a former employee wrote on the Reddit forum.

So how do you think they figured it out? And that was seven years ago, according to the employee.  The employee explained that only one customer ever noticed the trick:

“He shook the fries out into his bag and poured them back into the fry carton himself and it only filled up halfway, so I had to give him more fries.”

There were several other ex-employees who claimed the same thing, and one person refused to act upon the instructions because he felt it was just unethical.

As to McDonald’s response to the viral allegations; they call such claims “fictional” as “there are no secret tricks” and claim they have strict procedures to ensure the quantity of fries with each purchase.

“Without a verifiable source, we are unable to investigate this further,” the corporation explained.

None of the employees were ever fired, but they did add that customers wanted to know when their shifts were so they could be sure to get the full serving.

On Monday, the company’s stock rose 1.1%.

What do you think?

Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna has been a freelance writer for the last eight years. During that time, I developed into the top writer for on the subject of animal rescue and advocacy. I am passionate about animal welfare and have been instrumental in the rescue of thousands of dogs, horses, cats and assorted other sentient creatures needing their voices heard. On July 1, 2016, closed. By July 4, the Pet Rescue Report was created; we average between 30,000 and 40,000 hits on any single day. We are avid users of social media and use our Facebook, Twitter and other social media links to advance our readership. I was also involved in customer service, and was an active participant on Service - a blog started by my son who has now graduated from Duke. I have an advanced degree in Journalism. After college, I taught American Literature in a New Jersey high school. I then went on to teach Journalism at one of our local colleges. For the past 15 years I have lived in South Florida; here I also volunteer time teaching those men and women recovering from drug and alcohol how to journal to express their thoughts - thus hopefully making a difference in their lives. Pet Rescue Report on Facebook (over 40,000 followers) -