In a thread titled “What did your job want you to hide from customers?” several employees divulged that they had been taught “pinching,” a technique that puts a smaller number of fries into a serving but still looks like the full portion.
Reddit user and former McDonald’s employee ExperiMENTALbunny said, “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.”
Former McDonald’s shipping manager and Reddit user Psychoopiates wrote, “I f-----g hated that practice and basically refused to do it. 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.”
Terri Hickey, a spokesperson for the brand, refutes these claims. “The notion of a secret trick is absolutely false,” Hickey told The Daily Meal in an email. “There are strict procedures in place to ensure that fry boxes and bags are appropriately filled so our customers can enjoy our World Famous Fries to the fullest.”
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