Over the years, bags of chips have magically reduced to one-half air; yogurt cups are one-half plastic container. It's like we're living in an ever-shrinking world, where we are paying more for less. And McDonald's finds itself at the center of this changing regime.
Reddit users flocked to the internet to swap insider information about their past jobs.
The question: "What did your job ask you to hide from customers?" brought an ex-McDonald's employee to the frontlines and opened up the fast-food chain to some harsh criticism.
And as it turns out, old McDonald's has been holding out on its tasty, salty fries.
According to Independent news, the user explained how they were schooled in the sneaky practice of "pinching the fry carton just right while putting the fries into them so that it looked full, but actually wasn't."
The anonymous user explained that only one other customer noticed the shortage after "he took the fries out into his bag and poured them back into the fry carton himself and it only filled up halfway." The ex-employee had no choice but to give him more fries.
The veil over McDonald's golden arches is starting to lift, while other Reddit users corroborated their own fry-withholding stories.
One user chimed in with agreement, noting the blatant dishonesty of this trick and refused to hold out on the customers.
And another user recounted that they "never got fired, but managed to have a few customers ask me when my shifts were the next week so they could have me filling their fries."
And yet another user revealed they would overfill fry boxes on purpose and give extra toppings to kids and nice customers.
This is not a matter of optimistic versus pessimistic thinking; maybe the McDonald's fries are really half-empty.
But, a McDonald's spokesperson thwarted these anonymous claims, saying "We believe these claims to be fictional, there are no 'secret tricks' and we have strict operational procedures in place to ensure that fry portions are not under-filled."
To anyone with a sprinkle of doubt that McDonald's is pocketing our french fry currency, the spokesperson continued, emphasizing that "employees work hard to ensure our customers have the best experience possible in our restaurants, and we strongly refute any claims that suggests otherwise."