McDonalds - how to get a Big Mac (Mally Mac) at McDonalds for £1.20 to £1.50

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I have 4 children and as they are growing and times are tough a trip to McDonalds is a rare treat as they are no longer satisfied with a Happy Meal, my eldest actually wants 2 burgers these days!! A full meal for five can cost in excess of £20, but I have a way to eat cheaper and fresher...

It is a little known (but brilliant) fact that McDonalds have a policy that the customer is always right, and staff are instructed that they must customise any burger how the customer wishes. Now I like a Quarter Pounder Deluxe (with tomota, mayo and sald) but they only run this at special times, but for many years i have requested the extra salad etc to be added to a regular QP with no problems (well 1 notable exception but thats another story), and have never been charged, the other bonus of this is though you have to wait for a few mins the burger is always made fresh.

My children love Big Macs (as do I) but these evil little treats on their own work out very expensive, so I get them to customise a double cheeseburger which i think retails at £1.20 (saver menu) to add in lettuce and a shot of mac sauce. The only difference (apart from we also get tomato which is non standard for a big mac) is the skank piece of bread in the middle is missing as are the sesame seeds but in every other respect its a big mac, in fact it actually tastes a little better imo.

At some McDonalds they will charge you up to 30p for the shot of mac sauce, but i dont mind paying that, others charge nothing, so a big mac turns out for around £1.20 to £1.50 made fresh. My local McDonalds even know the order my name is Malcolm we call this burger a mally mac they even know it as that, when they get an order for 6 mallys mac the order staff laugh because some poor guy in the back has to go make them up, but when the bill is between £7.20 and £9 for 6 big macs well we dont care.

Enjoy your mally mac! God bless the golden arches, i hope they never change that policy :D
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  • lilymay1
    lilymay1 Posts: 1,597 Forumite
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    I used to work in finance and one of my clients was McDonalds. To correct a few of your mistakes...

    A double cheeseburger is £1.49. Lettuce and a shot of mac sauce should both be an extra 30p each. Actual price, £2.09.

    You are correct in that the burger will be made fresh (80% of the time..the rest you'll just get a normal double cheeseburger that's been unwrapped and sauce and lettuce added). Having said that, that's not always a good thing. Mistakes, slow staff and staff who don't follow procedure are common in McDonalds. 'Grill' orders are regularly given to the wrong recipients.

    You'd be better off finding some of the numerous vouchers that offer a bigmac and fries for £1.99. Or sometimes £2.49 depending on location.

    Alternatively don't eat at McDonalds. If you knew what went on behind the scenes it'd put you right off.
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  • Gra76
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    lilymay1 wrote: »
    If you knew what went on behind the scenes it'd put you right off.

    Having worked as a 'crew member' and 'floor manager' at one of the busiest McDonalds in the north of England when I was significantly younger I'd say you've obviously had experience of a different McDonalds to the one I worked at. To say the place was permenantly spotless would be an understatement, and everything was done as it should have been. Crew were properly trained and regularly checked to make sure they were doing everything correctly. I'm sure this differs from store to store and of course it is dependant on the staff and managers, but what you're describing (especially the part about mistakes and slow staff) wasn't the case at the store I worked at.

    The only time I'd agree with you would be a late night drivethru with an abusive drunk in a taxi (most Saturday nights from experience). You wouldn't always get a 'standard' burger...I'm always polite to people who work in places where I plan to eat. ;)
  • lilymay1
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    Were you Franchised or McCopco? You mentioned 'floor managers' whom I know still exist with some franchised stores but have been absent from company for a while.
    I only ask as I never dealt with the Franchised stores so can't comment on them. In general, the company owned stores were (mostly) poor.
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  • Gra76
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    It was a franchised one, as are most of the ones in the area, all owned by the same chap. All of them were very well maintained and the training was overseen regularly by all levels of managment. I believe the same guy still owns them, although it's been a long time since I've worked there, one of my fellow floor managers is the store manager there now so I always get a good 'deal' on my orders when she's around! :)
  • loracan1
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    lilymay1 wrote: »

    Alternatively don't eat at McDonalds. If you knew what went on behind the scenes it'd put you right off.

    There isn't a food production company on earth that hasn't had this accusation levelled at them at some point.
  • lilymay1
    lilymay1 Posts: 1,597 Forumite
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    loracan1 wrote: »
    There isn't a food production company on earth that hasn't had this accusation levelled at them at some point.

    And? What's your point? Nothing I say is going to make any difference to whether or not people will go to McDonalds, I'm just giving my opinion from experiences I have had.
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  • Person_one
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    lilymay1 wrote: »
    I used to work in finance and one of my clients was McDonalds.

    If you knew what went on behind the scenes it'd put you right off.


    Hmm, I didn't realise the accountants now did shifts in the kitchen!

    McDonald's isn't gourmet food, and I never eat it now I was thoroughly sick of the sight of it after more than two years working there, but its much safer and more hygienic than most independent fast food/takeaway places.

    The staff are people and therefore occasionally make mistakes, but they aren't subhumans or lobotomised on their first shift.
  • Smart_Mart
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    lilymay1 wrote: »
    And? What's your point? Nothing I say is going to make any difference to whether or not people will go to McDonalds, I'm just giving my opinion from experiences I have had.

    Ay ay calm down. The poster was only suggesting that most food establishments will have been accused of being unclean... just their opinion!! ;)
  • flutterby_lil
    flutterby_lil Posts: 1,879 Forumite
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    I used to work in a franchised McD's in Burnley, loved it, but I was only 16!!

    It was very clean, very efficient and had numerous hardworking staff.
  • emsywoo123
    emsywoo123 Posts: 5,440 Forumite
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    I used to work in a franchised McD's in Burnley, loved it, but I was only 16!!

    It was very clean, very efficient and had numerous hardworking staff.

    Your edit reason made me smile :rotfl:
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