Grossest Things McDonald's Workers Have Dealt With
At least 1 in 10 Americans has worked at McDonald's, according to various estimates. So it's little surprising that when a discussion sparked last week on the anonymous forum Reddit about the "meanest thing a customer has every done to you," the MickeyD tales came rolling in.
It started when Reddit user Bigmac01 claimed that at 1 a.m. that day a customer had thrown a burger at his or her face, because the pickle was "not in the center of the freakin bun." That's not the grossest abuse McDonald's workers purportedly have faced, however.
There was the time a Toledo, Ohio woman yanked open the drive-thru window to assault the woman duty when she couldn't get her chicken nuggets, and ultimately smashed through the window with her fist. And the time a Philadelphia comedian dressed in a drag tried to trade his Taco Bell "Flydito" for a Big Mac. And then the delightful practice of "cone-ing," which went viral last year: Grabbing your vanilla soft serve by the ice cream as opposed to the cone and startling the server who handed it to you.
But here are some especially sick tales, told by Reddit users who claim to have been McDonald's workers themselves. There's no way to verify their accuracy -- it's an anonymous forum after all -- but given the kind of McDonald's hijinks that make it into the news (a man was just handed a felony charge for throwing a batch of McDonald's french fries at his stepdaughter), these aren't outside the realm of possibility.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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