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    mellyloo
    NUS McDonalds Discount
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    • 10th Oct 13, 5:22 PM
    NUS McDonalds Discount 10th Oct 13 at 5:22 PM
    So, I was studying hard and felt a bit peckish so I tried using my shiny new NUS card today for the McDonalds discount that they list on the NUS website and app that you can have a free medium fries with purchasing a big mac or mcchicken sandwich.

    I was told they you can only have this deal when buying at least a medium meal so I couldn't have it. It doesn't say this anywhere on the NUS website at all in the terms and conditions so I'm a bit confused. Also confused as to why a lone student would want to buy a medium meal and an additional Big Mac that would come with a free medium fries. I mean, I can get hungry, but I don't think I could manage all that! When I questioned them about it and showed them the NUS deal on my phone app, they just repeated that I could only have it if I bought a medium meal (this from the manager too).

    The other confusing thing is that on the McDonalds website - they actually list a totally different student deal which seems to make more sense with the buying a medum meal thing - which gives you a free cheeseburger, hamburger or mcflurry WHEN purchasing a meal.

    WTF? confused NUS - sort it out!

    Anyway, anyone else had this problem? I'm waiting for a reply from NUS so will post here when I get one. I just want my Big Mac and free fries!!!
    Last edited by mellyloo; 10-10-2013 at 5:26 PM.
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    • atypical
    • By atypical 10th Oct 13, 7:12 PM
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    A lot of stores seems to refuse the free fries discount, only giving the meal discount instead.

    Don't know why. Maybe it's at the franchises discretion which discount they'll apply.
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    • Florasaurus
    • By Florasaurus 11th Oct 13, 5:17 PM
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    • 11th Oct 13, 5:17 PM
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    • 11th Oct 13, 5:17 PM
    I've never heard of this free fries thing, I've only ever got the free stuff with a meal discount from McDonalds, but I've got medium fries before with it

    So yes, that means I've got 2 lots of fries but my sister only eats fries there so it works out alright worth noting that the McFlurries are only the basic ones - not the special ones that they change all the time

    And come to think of it, I don't have an NUS card, it works with just a normal student card for me
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    • Racheya
    • By Racheya 12th Oct 13, 10:08 AM
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    • 12th Oct 13, 10:08 AM
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    • 12th Oct 13, 10:08 AM
    I've done this a million times and the ONLY discount they seem to do is a free Fries/Hamburger/Basic McFlurry with a medium meal. I had one case where they demanded a large meal, but that's only happened 1 in 100 times.
    • The_Jakal
    • By The_Jakal 14th Oct 13, 4:14 AM
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    • 14th Oct 13, 4:14 AM
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    • 14th Oct 13, 4:14 AM
    I have the answer to your problems... The reason why there is this confusion is because of the difference between the standard NUS Card and the NUS extra card.

    With the NUS card you get a freebie with a medium meal.

    With the EXTRA card you get the free fries with the Big Mac...

    The reason why you can't find the standard NUS discount is because amazingly the NUS site don't list it. I'd search "student discount directory" and you should come up with some better resources.

    Hope that clears it all up.
    • GoldenShadow
    • By GoldenShadow 14th Oct 13, 4:56 PM
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    • 14th Oct 13, 4:56 PM
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    • 14th Oct 13, 4:56 PM
    Never heard of free fries either but I use my normal student ID (not NUS, 100% of places I've asked take normal ID instead!) and get the others you state free with an EVM.
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    • flea72
    • By flea72 14th Oct 13, 5:11 PM
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    Mcds are franchises. Each restaurant can set its own offers. They dont have to take part in national schemes. Thats why t&c state you have to check, before ordering
    • atypical
    • By atypical 14th Oct 13, 9:01 PM
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    • 14th Oct 13, 9:01 PM
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    • 14th Oct 13, 9:01 PM
    Mcds are franchises. Each restaurant can set its own offers. They dont have to take part in national schemes. Thats why t&c state you have to check, before ordering
    Originally posted by flea72
    The UK is unusual in that 50% of stores are not franchised and are owned by McDonalds. It used to be 70%.
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  • vassa
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    • 14th Oct 13, 10:38 PM
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    • 14th Oct 13, 10:38 PM
    Why on earth would you pay to eat that? It's like paying to be poisoned!
    • skintsocks
    • By skintsocks 16th Oct 13, 10:37 PM
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    skintsocks
    All last year I had this issue. I could only have the free item if I was purchasing a medium meal, so only really wanted it if my son was with me tbh, as he tends to eat his meal plus my freebie. The franchises wouldn't take it at all. I failed to have a discount at any Pizza Hut at all, all year. On the flip side, I went to Shoe Zone, and found that we still get discount there, even on sale items, which made me smile instead of frown
  • vassa
    All last year I had this issue. I could only have the free item if I was purchasing a medium meal, so only really wanted it if my son was with me tbh, as he tends to eat his meal plus my freebie. The franchises wouldn't take it at all. I failed to have a discount at any Pizza Hut at all, all year. On the flip side, I went to Shoe Zone, and found that we still get discount there, even on sale items, which made me smile instead of frown
    Originally posted by skintsocks
    Look up what Maccy D's put in their food. You'll never let your kid eat it again.
    • stephen77
    • By stephen77 17th Oct 13, 10:58 PM
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    Look up what Maccy D's put in their food. You'll never let your kid eat it again.
    Originally posted by vassa
    What do they put in their products in the UK market that I would not want my children to eat?
    Last edited by stephen77; 17-10-2013 at 11:02 PM.
  • vassa
    What do they put in their products in the UK market that I would not want my children to eat?
    Originally posted by stephen77
    That's a rhetorical question right?

    Ok, so i'll answer it anyway.

    The meat and poultry is of the worst quality you can possibly find, the food is crammed with sugars, salts and additives that don't belong in food naturally.

    Spuds come with 2 ingredients. Spuds, and the stuff they're cooked in. McD's chips have about 14 things in them. Au Naturale.

    A Big Mac contains Sodium Phosphate which is usually prescribed as a bowel cleanser, bleach (in the bun) and all sorts of other nasty stuff which humans aren't meant to ingest. If you think that's fine though knock yourself out.
    Last edited by vassa; 18-10-2013 at 2:18 PM.
    • atypical
    • By atypical 19th Oct 13, 5:38 PM
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    atypical
    The meat and poultry is of the worst quality you can possibly find, the food is crammed with sugars, salts and additives that don't belong in food naturally.
    Originally posted by vassa
    You wouldn't believe the amount of dihydrogen monoxide* in their drinks.

    You might like to have a read of this:
    http://www.senseaboutscience.org/data/files/resources/5/MakingSenseofChemicalStories_July08-Reprint.pdf

    *water

    Spuds come with 2 ingredients. Spuds, and the stuff they're cooked in. McD's chips have about 14 things in them. Au Naturale.
    Originally posted by vassa
    McDonalds lists 2, sometimes 3, ingredients:
    Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Rapeseed), Dextrose (only added at beginning of season).

    A Big Mac contains neither of the ingredients you mention.
    Last edited by atypical; 19-10-2013 at 5:42 PM.
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  • vassa
    You wouldn't believe the amount of dihydrogen monoxide* in their drinks.

    You might like to have a read of this:
    http://www.senseaboutscience.org/data/files/resources/5/MakingSenseofChemicalStories_July08-Reprint.pdf

    *water


    McDonalds lists 2, sometimes 3, ingredients:
    Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Rapeseed), Dextrose (only added at beginning of season).

    A Big Mac contains neither of the ingredients you mention.
    Originally posted by atypical
    McDonald's own website says differently.

    http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/ingredientslist.pdf

    Big Mac has cheese on it. The cheese contains bowel cleanser, also known as sodium phosphate. Please, try and research your facts.

    It's also hilarious that people are actually arguing against someone who says McDonalds is horrendously poor food (both nutritionally and ethically). Brilliant, this forum gets funnier and funnier, yet i'm sure i'll still be labelled a 'troll' by people who don't like hearing facts. Enjoy your cancer burgers.
    • atypical
    • By atypical 19th Oct 13, 7:58 PM
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    atypical
    Big Mac has cheese on it. The cheese contains bowel cleanser, also known as sodium phosphate. Please, try and research your facts.
    Originally posted by vassa
    Note how the title of the document is "McDonald's USA ingredients". The UK ingredients do not list it: http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/product_nutrition.beef.19.big-mac.html

    But that's beside the point. The fact sodium phosphate is used as a bowel cleanser tells you nothing about its safety. Sodium chloride (table salt) is also used in bowel cleansers.

    Have a read of the Sense About Science document I linked to.

    It's also hilarious that people are actually arguing against someone who says McDonalds is horrendously poor food (both nutritionally and ethically).
    Originally posted by vassa
    You're not engaging in debate, you're spouting untruths and generally scaremongering.

    Hope this wasn't a wasted reply.
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    • HappyMJ
    • By HappyMJ 19th Oct 13, 8:12 PM
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    HappyMJ
    If potatoes, oil and possibly dextrose is so bad then why should I serve potatoes fried in oil at any time at home.

    The beef isn't the best premium cut but it isn't the worst cut either. If I were making a burger at home I wouldn't use the best cut either. I'd use minced beef which is never the best cut. It's beef...and a bit of salt and pepper. Nothing else.

    The bread contain a few extra ingredients but no more than shop bought bread.

    The big mac sauce has quite a few ingredients but so does any shop bought sauce.

    Yes it's fast food but it's not really that bad at all when consumed in moderation....ie. not for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    • stephen77
    • By stephen77 19th Oct 13, 9:51 PM
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    That's a rhetorical question right?

    Ok, so i'll answer it anyway.

    The meat and poultry is of the worst quality you can possibly find, the food is crammed with sugars, salts and additives that don't belong in food naturally.

    Spuds come with 2 ingredients. Spuds, and the stuff they're cooked in. McD's chips have about 14 things in them. Au Naturale.

    A Big Mac contains Sodium Phosphate which is usually prescribed as a bowel cleanser, bleach (in the bun) and all sorts of other nasty stuff which humans aren't meant to ingest. If you think that's fine though knock yourself out.
    Originally posted by vassa
    Lets start with chicken. Why is there poultry so bad? Is it so much worse than the rest of the food industry. After all Moy park who supplies a lot of MacDonald's chicken also supplies the major supermarkets, restaurants, cash and carry outles etc.

    With chicken nuggets, they have also cleaned up the recipe a lot over the last few years. Same as the supermarkets when they all pretty much went clean dec around 2008. Chicken nuggets moved to chicken breast (which resulted in them not being as succulent to eat, but inline with food trends at the time). Rather than them using more parts of the chicken.
    Other parts of the chicken are nice to eat. Personally I find the other parts of the chicken nicer to eat, unless I baste the breast with butter every 20 or so minutes when slow roasting a chicken.

    For sugar - 1 gram of sugar per portion. Most of that will be from the flour in the batter. A little dextrose is added.
    Dextrose is a naturally occurring sugar. Males even produce it and its found in honey as well.

    Salt - Not checked but MacDonald's are more than likely to adhering to FSA 2014 salt guidelines. Which are not getting pretty low.

    additives. well the ones I can see are a raising agents that you will find in pretty much all battered products on sale.

    So if you like chicken nuggets. They are comparable to other major supermarkets and food outlets, so to single out MacDonald's as being the worst would be wrong.

    They are scared of bad press and scare mongering these days, so they have to raise their game.
    • stephen77
    • By stephen77 19th Oct 13, 10:00 PM
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    stephen77

    The beef isn't the best premium cut but it isn't the worst cut either. If I were making a burger at home I wouldn't use the best cut either. I'd use minced beef which is never the best cut. It's beef...and a bit of salt and pepper. Nothing else.

    .
    Originally posted by HappyMJ
    It would certainly be a waste of aged fillet.
    TO use to lean cuts, once the burger is cooked it would probably be tough, unless eating It rare which the average consumer will not be wanting a bloody burger bun. You want the nice cheaper cuts as the fat adds flavour and succulence.
    But why let having a succulent product get in the way of good scare monger.
    • stephen77
    • By stephen77 19th Oct 13, 10:10 PM
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    stephen77

    Big Mac has cheese on it. The cheese contains bowel cleanser, also known as sodium phosphate. Please, try and research your facts.

    It's also hilarious that people are actually arguing against someone who says McDonalds is horrendously poor food (both nutritionally and ethically). Brilliant, this forum gets funnier and funnier, yet i'm sure i'll still be labelled a 'troll' by people who don't like hearing facts. Enjoy your cancer burgers.
    Originally posted by vassa
    To say a burger will cause cancer would be very hard to prove. To many other variables in the diet.
    Just because I like a odd burger. Does not mean I am going to get cancer from it as the rest of my diet is high in fruit & veg, oily fish, I do not smoke, drink. I exercise a lot etc.
    People are still debating the role of fat in the diet and what harm it causes. More and more info is coming out that fats are not as bad as once portrayed even saturates. While fats like olive oil are not as good as once thought.
    people get hung up GDA's etc.

    As for a troll. I do not think you are a troll in the slightest. Many people share the same view as you on MacDonald's, many people do not care if the above you have said is true. It would not stop them eating it.
    Even if either camp changes there mind in this debate. It will not be the last time this argument comes up.
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