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Fast food restaurants that cheat customers

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Fast food restaurants that cheat customers

This Youtube video seems to only be USA, but it's still an interesting video, including @ 4:21 where they show how a McDonald's french fry holder is squeezed to look more full of fries.

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I saw the mcdonalds one last month so I tested it at mcdonalds, definitely not true in canada
First they scoop the fries when you order it, it's not sitting on the side ready, and also I can see them fill it.
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Sometimes the worker doesn't fill the fry box fully.
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toronto19850 wrote:
Mar 14th, 2018 9:10 am
I saw the mcdonalds one last month so I tested it at mcdonalds, definitely not true in canada
First they scoop the fries when you order it, it's not sitting on the side ready, and also I can see them fill it.
But do they pinch the bottom of the carton???
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I found with fast food it really depends on the ownership since most are franchise locations, sometimes the owner tells the employees to not give extra toppings or skim on toppings. It happens with Pizza all the time.
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toronto19850 wrote:
Mar 14th, 2018 4:27 pm
nope
You should watch carefully.
If you watched the video you'd know how they do it.
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playnicee1 wrote:
Mar 14th, 2018 7:06 pm
You should watch carefully.
If you watched the video you'd know how they do it.
I meant mine doesn't.
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Same with movie theater popcorn. Always give the bag a couple of good shakes to make it settle, then ask staff to top it off. My GF does this to get full'value' for their already overpriced food
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This is from the time before the electronic kiosks came along. A few times a year I made use of the coupons and got the two can dine breakfast deal for me and my wife. When they'd ask about what kind of drink I want, I'd say "coffee", then I noticed there'd be an extra charge (don't remember how much) because they would provide a medium coffee and the coupon is valid for small. But of course the cashier would not mention this, they just provide medium by default. The next time I said "small coffee" and avoided the charge (and got the smaller drink which is big enough anyway).
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notfromqc wrote:
Mar 15th, 2018 8:26 am
This is from the time before the electronic kiosks came along. A few times a year I made use of the coupons and got the two can dine breakfast deal for me and my wife. When they'd ask about what kind of drink I want, I'd say "coffee", then I noticed there'd be an extra charge (don't remember how much) because they would provide a medium coffee and the coupon is valid for small. But of course the cashier would not mention this, they just provide medium by default. The next time I said "small coffee" and avoided the charge (and got the smaller drink which is big enough anyway).
Yup. the coupon still reads "small coffee". They should only be ringing up what the coupon allows unless you say otherwise.
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sprung wrote:
Mar 15th, 2018 5:54 am
Same with movie theater popcorn. Always give the bag a couple of good shakes to make it settle, then ask staff to top it off. My GF does this to get full'value' for their already overpriced food
When I get popcorn at the movies it's usually over flowing and I drop a couple going to my seat(Ciniplex). Not sure how you'd shake it. Unless you were shaking all the popcorn off the top onto the floor and then asking them to fill it again lol
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toronto19850 wrote:
Mar 15th, 2018 9:18 am
When I get popcorn at the movies it's usually over flowing and I drop a couple going to my seat(Ciniplex). Not sure how you'd shake it. Unless you were shaking all the popcorn off the top onto the floor and then asking them to fill it again lol
It is overflowing untill l you shake it down.
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I stand by the counter and watch them fill my fries.

A lot of the times, they do one scoop for the medium fries and the same one scoop for the large fries.

Once, the large fries was half full, with the fries just sitting at the top to make it LOOK full. I lifted it upright, had all the fries drop to the bottom, and told the McD person that it's half full. She rolled her eyes at me and filled it up. This was the Yonge-Dundas location (on Yonge, north of Dundas).

Don't play games with my fries.
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I agree the theatre food is overpriced, but shaking a bag of popcorn to get it to settle down so I can squeeze a little bit more popcorn in there has always felt unnecessary to me. Most of the time I am taking half a bag of popcorn home as leftovers and I won't even eat all the leftovers before I eventually decide to throw it out.

I also don't consider this a "cheat" in terms of this thread. I don't think any theatre chain is trying to screw customers out of popcorn to increase their profit margin. Some concession workers don't do a great job of opening the bags and in those cases the popcorn settles all on its own when they set it on the counter. In any event, if they refuse to top it off when someone requests after it settles, than I would feel like it is a bit of a cheat.

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