Some Say McDonald's Has A "Secret Way" Of Cheating You Out Of Fries

Remember this any time your portion size looks a little questionable.

Hand, Finger, Food, Street food,
Hand, Finger, Food, Street food,
(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty)

You've been there before. A few times, maybe. That moment when, just as you're getting ready to inhale a combo meal from McDonald's (opens in new tab), you pull out your box of French fries only to notice that the medium you ordered contains around the same amount of fries that a small would. So what gives? According to a Reddit thread, McDonald's (opens in new tab) employees have a secret way of cheating you out of a regular amount of fries.

Last week, a thread surfaced on Reddit (opens in new tab) regarding what kinds of things companies want to hide from their customers. A user named ExperiMENTALbunny responded to the thread claiming to have worked at McDonald's, and revealed the interesting "pinching" method that employees of the fast food chain use to make it look like there are more French fries in your carton than there actually are.

"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," he wrote. *gasp* If this is true then it'll probably hurt your heart to imagine all of the delicious French fries you've been cheated out of throughout your life. Then again, it's not entirely unbelievable, since McDonald's employees apparently have a lot of secret practices (opens in new tab) that non-employees aren't even aware of.

Still, there was one case when this little trick didn't work out too well for ExperiMENTALbunny. He continued with his comment, "I only had 1 customer call me out on it. He shook the fries out into his bag and poured them back into the fry carton himself and it only filled up half way, so I had to give him more fries. I was impressed and embarrassed. It's been 7 years and I can still see his face."

The next time you feel like you've been shorted by McDonald's in regards to those beloved French fries, you'll at least know why. At that point you should take a cue from the customer above.

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