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OK, I'll admit... strange topic for the boating blog but it's been awhile and I was just taken aback at one of or local fast food establishments that I just had to post it somewhere.

mcd-menu-450So I pull in to the BayWay McDonalds on 34th St. South in St. Petersburg this afternoon for a quick bite and trying to do as little damage as possible while enjoying some of those good old American fats and sugars. I ordered the Filet of Fish meal and it came up on the screen as medium. I told the server that I wanted a small and she told me that it just wasnt possible. I could either get the meal as a medium or pay more to order the items individually as small.

I didn't quite believe her so I told her to go ahead and record the order but to have a manager meet me at the window. She did and the manager reiterated the same... you cannot order the value meals as small, you can upsize but cannot downsize! The manager, my apologies for not getting her name, seemed quite amazed that anyone would be concerned about something so foolish so I attempted to explain... with a nation preoccupied with childhood obesity, the Super Size me movie, fast food restaurants being forced to offer healthy options and share nutrition information on the menu it seems at least politically correct to give folks the option if you were going to allow them to upsize.

She didn't get it, didn't hide her disdain very well and when she started calling me "honey" I figured it was time to go and call customer service at the McDonalds Corporation (the manager told me that it was a corporate store).

My call to the corporate headquarters was met with the same (Coleen #28069)... yes you can upsize, no you cannot downsize (though she did seem surprised that the small was more expensive), no there is no one that you can speak to about the issue, no there is no one that will be getting back to you about your concern... the best they could do was to say that they would forward the concern to the regional managers who may review it at some point but would never get back to me about the concern.

So there you go... 9 out of 10 of the items on the McDonalds menu are more expensive if you order the small items individaully (the sole exception was the Double Cheesburger meal which was a full dollar cheaper ordering the small coke and small fries with the sandwich individually. To order the meal, as it is, expect to pay more and face an addtional 160 calories... and the more amazing thing from my perspective is that no one at McDonalds seems to even remotely understand why anyone would care!

Item Price Value Cost Sm Cost Cost Dif Value Cal Small Cal Dif
Filet of Fish 3.99 6.29 6.38 -0.09 950 790 120.25%
Big Mac 4.29 6.59 6.68 -0.09 1100 940 117.02%
Quarter Pounder Cheese 4.19 6.49 6.58 -0.09 1100 940 117.02%
Double Quarter Pound Cheese 5.39 7.69 7.78 -0.09 1340 1180 113.56%
Quarter Pounder Delux 4.39 6.69 6.78 -0.09 1160 1000 116.00%
Double Cheeseburger 1.69 5.09 4.08 1.01 1000 840 119.05%
Crispy McChicken 4.89 7.19 7.28 -0.09 1140 980 116.33%
Artisian Chicken 4.89 7.19 7.28 -0.09 920 760 121.05%
10 Chicken Nuggets 4.79 6.99 7.18 -0.19 1030 870 118.39%
Premium McWrap Crisp Ranch 4.49 6.79 6.88 -0.09 1210 1050 115.24%

 

*http://s3.amazonaws.com/us-east-prod-dep-share-s3/dna/pushlive/nutritionfacts.pdf

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