"Back when I worked at McDonald's, I would often work drive-thru. One night, a group of kids came in and ordered a Big Mac, fries, a Stealth bomber, and a large Coke.
Without batting an eye, I said 'Okay, that will be twelve billion, four hundred and fifty-three million, nine hundred and seventeen thousand, two hundred and twenty-one dollars and forty cents, please pull up to the first window.'
There was kind of an awkward pause, and then they said, 'Um, how much is it without the bomber?'" (Source).
"Many years ago (back when McD's cooked special orders when they came in, not from pre-cooked batches of meat soaking in hot water or laying under warmers), I was working grill and we got an order for a rare Quarter Pounder --- no cheese, condiments, or bun. The meat patties came frozen, so I put a patty on the grill and let cook for about half the normal time, serving it up seared nicely, but clearly rare in the middle. Put it in a box and sent it up. Guy who ordered it got mad and said he wanted it RARE, not cooked. It was the end of stressful day and I was irritate at having to do it again, so I took a new patty to the back sink and sprayed hot water on it until it was a pile of meaty, soggy goo and set it up. Guy opened the container, seemed satisfied, and headed out the door. Curious, I followed it out and saw him let his dog out of the car, flip the patty on the ground for him to chow down, then they got in the car and left. Expensive way to feed your dog" (Source).
"I worked at McDonald's for two years and met a lot of really strange people. For the record, I'm referring to my colleagues, though, not so much the customers.
As for the 'strangest' order? It wasn't anything too exciting, really. It was more the reaction of the girl at the front counter. Remember the McDLT ('The hot side hot, the cold side cold')?Well, somebody came in and ordered a McDLT with no meat and - for some odd reason - this seemed to be the funniest thing the girl behind the counter had ever heard and she started laughing (and she couldn't stop). The Assistant Manager had to step in, apologize, and put in the order for her.
A close second might have been the senior citizen who came in every day and always wanted a little bit of water in a cup so that he could water the plant in our lobby. The plant was plastic. I'm serious. Anyway, one day this dear fellow was excitedly telling me how big and leafy the plant was getting. I didn't have the heart to tell him, so I just told him what a great job he had been doing" (Source).
"Fries and whipped cream:
Someone literally came to my McDonald's store, asked for medium fries and some whipped cream. Then watched her dipped the fries in the cream. I don't know about in the States, but in Australia that's extremely unusual.
Woman came to my store, ordered a medium Big Mac meal with coke, fairly standard. Then orders a 6 piece chicken McNuggets happy meal with apple juice and BBQ sauce.
Me: And is that the boy or girl toy today, ma'am?
Her: Oh no, we don't take toys from McDonald's, it teaches children to idealize the bourgeoisie and big corporations.
She then spent the next 2 minutes lecturing me on Marxist doctrine. Eh it wasn't busy, it was pretty amusing actually. However, all the time I kept thinking, the Sumo Salad is over there if you want your organic, vegan, GMO free salad to compliment those views. Why even take your kids to McDonald's?!
Did you just assume my gender?:
Yup, I thought going above and beyond what McDonald's workers are taught was a good thing, so I always refer to customers as sir and ma'am.
Turns out in 2016, this wasn't good enough to some people. Someone got offended because I called them ma'am (when biologically they appeared female) when they were actually 'xi' as their preferred pronoun.
Big Mac without meat:
I know veggie burgers are a thing in some countries but in Australia it isn't. Why order a Big Mac with no meat? I work in a food court, the place 3m behind you makes vegetarian wraps, there's falafels from the kebab shop 15m that way, there's about 4 shops with different vegetarian options. I don't understand your logic, but hey, it pays me so whatever" (Source).
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