DAYTON, OHIO -- Occurred: April 20, 2012 about 5:30 AM. I stopped by the McDonald's at 1501 Keowee St, Dayton, Ohio as I do a couple times a week for breakfast on the way to work. I ordered off the dollar menu as I normally do. Ordering a Sausage McMuffin, no egg. The lady that took the order (which as with every morning I stop in is very friendly) told me as normal my order was a dollar. I pulled to the window and paid with a ten dollar bill and was given change. I pulled to the next window and realized that I had only received $6 and some change. I just figured an honest mistake and I looked at the receipt and was charged for oatmeal (another honest mistake).
I spoke with the woman at the next window and told her the problem and she took the receipt and change and made a correction bringing me back another amount. After looking I now had $7 and some change. I told her that what I had ordered was off the dollar menu and she said she wasn't sure and checked with another person that I assume was a manager and she said no that it wasn't on the dollar menu.
I tried telling them that I had just stopped in on Thursday and purchased the same thing and was only charged one dollar. She said they must not have charged me right. Needing to get to work I decided to leave and called to speak to the manager after I got to work. I tried explaining what had happened and she tried telling me that I had not ordered what I had said I did.
I order the same thing every morning. Only changing with maybe ordering a hashbrown to go along with my order. I was overcharged and never received the correct amount back. I have contacted McDonald's Corp and below is the only response that I have received:
"Hello Jason. Thank you for taking the time to contact McDonald's Customer Service Center to bring your recent experience to our attention. First, I hope you will accept my sincere apology for your disappointment in McDonald's. I can assure you that we want you to be completely satisfied every time you visit one of our restaurants. Because most McDonald's restaurants are independently owned and operated, I have forwarded your comments to the franchise owner or local representative for follow up at the restaurant you visited.
Secondly, we want to recognize your complimentary comments and thank you for your kind words. Although we did not completely meet your expectations, please know that our restaurant employees strive to maintain the highest standards of quality, service and cleanliness. It's certainly nice to know that their efforts are appreciated. Again, thank you for taking the time to contact McDonald's. Customer feedback is very important to us as it helps us improve. McDonald's is number one because of customers like you." Gloria - McDonald's Customer Response Center ref#:**.
TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA -- The right to refuse or discrimination. I have visited your store at 18145 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA more than 6 days a week and many days two times a day. I eat lunch and many days I have my dinner there as well. The food is really great and the service is excellent during the evenings. I even stick around and use the WiFi after dinning. Many times I stay longer. The customer service is very good and many of the employees handle multiple tasks without controversy.
However, over the last year I have been in the store a number of times early in the day and before noon and have had an encounter with the same female employee who refuses to wait on me, and screws up my order when she does wait on me. I have a right to the same service she provides to other customers she waits on, but for some reason I do not get satisfactory service from that employee.
She has told other employees "I do not want to wait on him". One of the many observed acts of misconduct for example - I ordered a large strawberry shake and large fry. And she told me the price and it didn't sound right, so I asked her to repeat the order back to me. And she had taken it wrong, and had only charged me for a small shake. When I corrected her she became agitated and reached over the counter and began punching the cancel key on the card reader with unnecessary force and stating hysterically "OK, OK, if you want to change it we can change it".
I was shocked that she was attempting to blame me for her mistake (which I believe was a willful misconduct of an employee). I contacted a manager right then to let them know what had taken place and after she talked to me she went back behind the counter and everyone gathered around her and began to laugh openly. I was again shocked at such discrimination.
Today Tue. Dec. 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM I come in and she tells another employee she does not want to wait on me. I asked what the problem was and the other employee threw up his hands and stated "I do not know". I suggested that she does not have a right to pick and chose whom she does or does not want to wait on at McDonald's. He pointed to a sign that read "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone".
I believe there is a difference in reserving the right and discrimination. If I have done something wrong then ban me from the McDonald's. This is one person who thinks her employment gives the right to choose who they give service to in a customer service position. This issue is not being dealt with at the management level and it continues and will continue as she thinks she is not wrong in what she is doing to your customers. What if we all decided to work at our jobs in the same manner? How long would we stay in business if one rogue employee dictated who they served?
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA -- I guess this is a double complaint, I'm just fed up. I've had problems with McDonald's for years simply because I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like cheese on their burger. I have nothing against cheese as a food item. Just wish for it not to mingle with my meat :) About 4 years ago I wrote to customer service about the McDonald's near my house in Lafayette, LA for continuously putting cheese on my burgers then being rude about redoing it. 6 weeks later I got an apology in the mail with a coupon for a double cheeseburger.....I'm Lovin' It!
So, for a while I ordered the Big N' Tasty because it was their only burger without cheese, and therefore harder for them to screw up. Then of course they removed that item from the menu so that all their burgers now have cheese by default. And the madness begins again. Currently I live in Baton Rouge, LA and my roommate loves McDonald's so we go there a lot. We always go through the drive through, always check our food, and always have to stop and go in to ask them to redo my burgers (they've yet to get it right even once even though I always ensure that the screen says "No Cheese" before driving forward).
I've worked at a fast food restaurant before, and have been employed in the restaurant industry as a server for a few years now so I always try to be pleasant to McDonald's employees despite their ignorance with the cheese thing and basic customer service (like apologizing for messing up my order....something that's only happened twice in the past 8 years).
So, here's the big part of the story. A few weeks ago my roommate and I were running some early morning errands and decided to pick up some McD's breakfast before heading home. We knew we would have to go in eventually (because I also don't like cheese on my egg mcmuffin), so we just parked and ordered inside. My roommate went first and got some pancakes, then I ordered myself the egg mcmuffin value meal (sans cheese). She asked me what I would like to drink and I said "orange juice, but could you upgrade it to a medium, I always finish before I even get home".
When the price was a little higher than expected I didn't think anything of it because I knew she would charge me more for a larger drink. But then she handed me a cup. Figuring it was just a little mistake I said "Ma'am, I'm sorry, but I ordered an orange juice." She then turns to me and says "No you didn't, you ordered an egg mcmuffin meal with a medium drink and an extra orange juice." My roommate, who heard the whole thing spoke up; "Actually, I heard her, she never ordered an extra juice." While I felt the woman behind the counter was being a little rude about the whole situation, I knew my roommate had a short fuse and I didn't want the situation to escalate.
From my experience in the industry, I know how voids, comps, etc. work and that it would be easier for me to just cancel my juice and keep the rest of the order as is (it's easier to split off an added item as opposed to something included in a meal). So I actually apologized to the lady for the misunderstanding and asked that she simply remove the orange juice as I wouldn't be requiring two drinks. (Once again, I wanted the OJ, but was trying to make things easy on this girl to avoid confrontation).
The girl then gives me an annoyed look, turns around and yells for her manager, she then proceeds to tell the manager (who also looks annoyed) to cancel my entire order. At that point I was honestly too shocked to say anything. They refunded me. During all of this my roommate's order had been placed on the counter. She hadn't picked it up yet and the same looked at her and asked "You ordered hot cakes?", my roommate nodded, "Well there they are!". My roommate picked up her bag, informed the girl that the attitude was not necessary and we left.
You know, I've had to deal with unreasonable customers time after time in the food service industry and I know it can be tough which is why I always apologize for misunderstandings automatically even if it's not my fault. And when the customer is understanding about things, it just makes me want to make things right for them even more.
As a customer in this situation, I did everything I could to make things easy on this girl because I didn't know if it was her first day, or if she had just had a bad morning. The drink really could have been a misunderstanding....if she was 95% deaf in both ears, but to have my entire order cancelled when I only asked to take off an additional drink, there was no excuse for that.
I am so tired of the way customer service has fallen in this day and age. Call me old fashioned but I still believe that when someone is paying for a service or product that you want them to buy from you, you should treat them with a little respect. Just the other day at work, a lady at my table felt that her burger wasn't quite med well. I apologized, my manager apologized, we cooked her a whole new burger, we comped her appetizer.
Even though it was our standard med well, we took full responsibility and did everything possible to make her happy and I thought it was justified because we wanted her to be happy with her experience and return. Then I go to effing McD's and get treated like crap for what? A lazy employee with a sorry attitude, and a perfect twin to every other employee that works there. So tired of this being the norm.
I would have to say this was the worst visit I have ever had at a McDonalds. My mother and I arrived at about 7:50 pm on 12/18/10. There was one guest in front of us. The girl at the counter took her order and then proceeded to help fill orders for drive through (they were busy) but not once did she look at us or acknowledge we were standing there.
After waiting 15 minutes she took our order. She never apologized for the wait and never bothered to make eye contact. I understand they had a backed up drive through but at a very minimum an apologized for the 15 minute wait was in order. Annoyed already we made the order and stepped aside to wait for it to be filled. By that time there was already a line forming behind us due to the girl taking so long to take our order.
The manager was very busy filling orders and put our bag of food on the counter but said nothing to us (this was 15 minutes after the order was placed). My mother asked her if that was our order and she said "yes but I am waiting for a sandwich." Again she didn't apologize or even acknowledge the fact that we had been waiting so long.
My mom then told the girl at the counter the food was getting cold and she just turned away and took the order for the next guest. She didn't even acknowledge my mother. The order sat there for about another 10 minutes and then she added the sandwich. My mother told the manager the rest of the food was cold at that point. The manager then responded with "I am doing the best I can." Again no apology... We then asked for our money back and left.
The restaurant at that point was filled with guests and every single one of them saw this. We arrived at this McDonalds at 7:50 and left at 8:35. Is this acceptable for a to-go order? I understand when things get busy and there may be a longer wait but the guest should be made aware of this and again an apology should be given.
I felt like we were ignored and the manager could have cared less if she kept our business or not. She just took our food and put it behind the counter when we asked for our money back. To add insult to injury she gave us the incorrect change when the refund was given. Our order was Crispy chicken meal (large), 20 pieces nuggets, 2 kids' meals. Total = $ 24.00.
Because of this we will never go back to this McDonalds even though it is very close to my mother's house. I work for a very large Automotive company in the consumer affairs office. I know good customer service and I know sometimes things get rough. But when that happens the manager of all people should be the first to acknowledge a guest and apologize. We left McDonalds that night and went to Taco Bell up the street and purchased our food. We were in and out of there within 15 minutes.
LANDER, WYOMING -- I'm in the process of moving, so all of my kitchen items are packed, which means eating out this week. Yesterday for breakfast, I went to McDonalds and ordered a #1 with a medium soda (Egg McMuffin & hashbrown). It came to $5.30. Today, I ordered a #1 with a medium orange juice. It was $6.54. $1.24 more for the healthy drink option?!? I thought McDonalds was trying to improve their image and make healthier options available to people at a reasonable price?
It's not reasonable to charge $1.24 more for a medium orange juice than for a medium soda, especially considering the medium orange juice is still 1/2 the size of the medium soda. It's very distressing to know that so many people eat less healthy because of cost! If you have McDonalds for breakfast on your way to work each morning, that's $24.80 more a month to have orange juice, as opposed to soda, or $297.60 more a year. This is a McDonald's wide issue, not a local store issue.
To be clear: There are a few comments suggesting I should go ahead and drink a soda since the meal is so unhealthy anyway....to that I say hogwash. I am not trying to "watch my calories" or "make up for junk food with a healthy side dish" and I'm not "trying to avoid sugar". All of these assumptions are incorrect. I don't want the caffeine and I don't want the carbonation. I also like to try to get Vitamin C in the morning in the form of whole foods. Since I am out of my normal routine with moving, I am trying my best to get it with what options I have.
Eating an orange might be healthier than drinking OJ from McD's, but that's not the point of my post. Soda is one of the worst things you can add to your diet and I try not to drink it very often. I do not eat fast food very often so I am really shocked at this price difference. I suppose people who eat it a lot have become jaded to the overall implication with the price difference. Yes, OJ is more expensive in the grocery store than soda, but it's not anywhere near THIS type of price difference.
It was early Saturday morning, when me and my friend decided to go for a ride, we stopped at the McDonald's here in Huron, Ohio, it's a small town, and sometimes the off hours food isn't what it could be, so we usually stick to peak hours to avoid dry and cold burgers. We drove up around 10:30 AM and ordered a McMuffin with egg and 3 Cheeseburgers, a Hamburger, and an orange juice, and a shake.
The Lady taking our order said we could still order McMuffins, but they didn't have Egg to go with the sandwich; my friend thought it would be alright since the first burgers of the day are fresh and hot. They took our money ($10.50), and said at the pickup window (after we got the shake and orange juice) to pull up and park (people were behind us) and that it would be 7 minutes. After we got our bag we pulled away - Down the road, the cheeseburgers were almost Cold and dry (...sitting around), the Mcmuffin was old and the hamburger was missing.
I told my friend who was driving that the food was CRAP again, I wanted to throw it out and was upset that it was SO BAD again! But she said, "We're taking it back!" We went back to the Huron McDonald's, and I tried to take it inside, but it only upset me more with 15 people in line. Then we went around the drive through, and she told them we were missing a burger and the cheeseburgers were 'not hot'. The lady that took our money before said, "They were just made fresh!" and gave us a dirty look as we pulled up to the next windows to see the Manager. The Manager apologized and in a couple of minutes gave us new burgers.
A couple of miles down the road we tried the hamburgers, they were fresh and hot; but after a bite, the burger were SO Freaking salty, you couldn't even finish it (it made me gag!) Then I gave her a Cheeseburger, and I tried a Cheeseburger. We couldn't take more than a couple bites before we had to stop! Everything they gave us was WAY too salty! She said "in the 20 years I've been eating burgers, I Never had a Burger this AWFUL, Ever!" They tasted like they were soaked in brine, it was so GROSS!
We called the Huron, Ohio McDonald's phone number on the receipt from the car, and complained about how the food was purposely oversalted because we went back for the burger we paid for and they didn't give us; and how cold the "Made Fresh" Cheeseburgers were.
We were put on the phone with the Manager (Melisa). The girl who answered the Phone said the Manager cook the Burgers herself. The Manager apologized up and down. My Friend explained to her "it wasn't funny, or a mistake; that all the new burgers were intentionally oversalted and made inedible".
How can people be so Petty! They throw tons of food away everyday, but Don't ever take food back to McDonald's, these malcontents will spit in it or worse to "get" back at you. I'm sure those delinquents thought they'd show us...
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA -- It was just the start of January 2009 when I was hired at the local McDonald's. I was more than happy to begin working; it was exciting to be a part of the experience--or so, I thought. First off, I want to say I am truly surprised at how many people eat at McDonald's, and how MUCH. After all it was not too long ago when there was such an uproar about the fast food corporation because of documentaries like "Fast Food Nation" or "Super Size Me" (very good documentaries too!).
My full-time job was very much confused with hell thanks to both customers, managers, and other employees. Not saying of course that ALL the customers, managers, and other employees were a nightmare to deal with, because some of them were pretty cool.
Customers always complained about how long it took for them to get their order taken and receive their food. It was because this was the second most busy McDonald's in all of Jacksonville. This restaurant is the ONLY fast food restaurant right off the Interstate near here. I had lines of families waiting to order, and when they approached me and my register they would just complain about how they couldn't find a parking spot, how the drive-through was backed up around the whole building, or how long it took me to take their order. What was I supposed to do about that? I was pushing those buttons on my register as fast as I could.
They threw fits when I told them extra sauce was 25 cents. They cried when I couldn't take coupons over their expiration date. They would taunt the front cashiering workers for packets of ketchup when there was an obvious ketchup pump with little paper-cup holders right next to the soda machine while they were dining in; and it seemed that they would take those ketchup packets and coat a section of the trays in them so we would have to scrub them down real good.
Some of the managers and employees were worse. I had worked morning shift, and at 2:00 pm the night shift were SUPPOSE to come in and take our spots. Every day, they were always late and that meant I had to stay after until they decided to get there. And when they did arrive there they got away with a slap on the wrist, and I'm pretty sure I have not gotten a single dime from working overtime like that. Those night shift workers had it good. They wore jeans and high-heels to work sometimes, and listened to their ipods their entire shift. Those night shift managers let them do whatever they wanted.
I had problems where night shift were supposed to stock the front area for us cash registering people for morning shift, and sometimes they never did.. causing us problems with the customers and the morning managers. That too was a slap on the wrist for night shift. We had hired a girl from South Korea who learned 10 years worth of English but still had somewhat of an accent. I always overheard the other employees and even the managers make smart remarks about how she should learn how to talk English right, or how they were disgusted with her culture.
Sometimes at the end of the day I would have money missing out of my drawer, and it puzzled me why because I was so damn good with money. After I paid McDonald's back with the money out of my paycheck I learned that managers were using my register when I was out for lunch. So I had to pay for their careless mistakes!
One day after work, I was called by one of my managers to take her home and I agreed to do it. I thought her house was nearby but it was clear over in Orange Park. While we were driving there she asked me if I can sign a rental car for her in my name and if she could borrow my credit card. She also stole money from out of the registers there at McDonald's, and stole a credit card from a customer. And guess what? She still works there.
The week after that happened I quit. Now I couldn't tell you about the food there. I vowed to stop eating at fast food places a long time ago and that's working out very well for me. But hey, the apple dippers with caramel there are pretty tasty!
CARTHAGE, TENNESSEE -- I've been going to McDonald's my whole life. Of course there have been times when it was better than others, but I've never had a worst experience than what I had a few days ago. I got there and there was hardly anyone there. There was one family in front of me with about 4 people and that was it. Well when me and my friend got in there, this family had already ordered, but they were standin up there waitin for their food.
The woman at the register knew these people, and she was talking to them. So me and my friend stood there patiently waiting for her to take our order. Time passed and we were still standing there. Then another family came in behind us. She still hadn't took our order, she was talking to the people in front of us, and I heard what they were talking about, and it had nothing to do with McDonald's or their order or any reason. They could have had to hold up the line.
It had been about 20 minutes and there was about 3 families standing behind us. And it wasn't like the woman couldn't see us, we were in perfect site! I don't see how you could miss 4 groups of people waiting to order. So finally I just stepped up to her and said "excuse me, I don't have time to stand here while you talk to them, I have somewhere I have to be and I'm already running late because of this." I was very nice about it, and I was telling the truth because I had to be somewhere and I was running late already and she made it worse.
So she finally took our orders. We both ordered the chicken nugget meal. If you order the meal, it's cheaper than ordering separately a medium fries, 10 pieces of chicken nuggets, and a drink. And we both said meal I know for a fact. We got our meal and went to sit down and I didn't realize till after we left but I looked at our receipt and she had put it as we ordered one meal, but then put the other meal all separately, so she ended up charging us more than she should have.
I would have gone back in there had I not already been late. But when we ate our fries I've never had fries like this in my life.... but when you bit into it... normally it has the potato in the middle, it had none. It was crispy on the outside and inside. It was horrible! They cooked em wayy too long! They were the worst fries I have ever had in my life.
Then our chicken nuggets had been cooked the same way... way too long. But at least the fries were hot! The chicken nuggets had been cooked too long, then had sat out for a good while so they were cold and way too hard to bite into! It was just overall the worst visit I've ever had in my life to McDonald's, and I don't plan to go back anytime soon.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- McDonald's is by far the worst restaurant when it comes to the safety and respect of their customers. I went there with my boyfriend and while we were waiting in line to order, three guys behind us kept making inappropriate, vulgar comments to me. At one point my boyfriend stepped in and asked them to stop. They then threatened and made vulgar comments towards him. When my boyfriend asked the person behind the counter for help from the manager, it was very clear that she did not speak English and anyone that did understand our request for the manager made no attempts to get their attention.
While he was asking for them to get help from the manager, the three men surrounded and cornered me away from everyone else. As I tried to get away from them, my boyfriend asked for the manager one more time, stating that he would have to take matters in his own hands to get them away from me. The person behind the counter took this as a threat to them and had the security throw us out, and left the harassers inside to proceed with their purchases.
Since we felt that they had handled the situation incorrectly since the cashiers/security disregarded the harassment we had received, we informed them that we would be reporting them tomorrow to the McDonald's Corporation Headquarters and asked for their names.
The security continued to walk towards the building, unwilling to reveal their names/position to us. Thus we started to walk towards them and asked them again. At this point the security proceeded to arrest us. Since they are only security and are not allowed to touch the customers in any harm-inflicting way, I tried to push away from the security. He took this as violence and filed a report against me for assault/battery. My boyfriend was only charged for disorderly conduct. They then forced us against our will to wait for the police to pick us up and we had to spend the night in jail.
On a further note, my boyfriend and I tried repeatedly with letters to the manager of the McDonald's where the incident took place, letters to the corporation and numerous phone calls, to clear up the issue outside of the court. After 1 1/2 months of our continued efforts, the only thing we received was a letter of apology for the "bad service" that we had received.
Thus, if you would not like to be treated as a criminal for being harassed, then I would not buy from the McDonald's corporations anymore. I did not know that a place that is supposed to be a safe haven and fun for children would allow for this type of harassment to occur. And furthermore, for them to press charges against the victims. I know for a fact that if the employees and managers of the McDonald's that night were to have been responsive to our requests for help, that we would not be facing the legal issues and emotional stress that we have had to endure.
JACKSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- Employments at McDonald's Corporations are to put it politely, a waste of time, energy, and payment. I was an event host for two years there handling parties and events. Very enjoyable work if the job had been anywhere else. I also worked behind the counter and such for one and a half years. My mother has been with the company for thirteen years. She now has an office job handling customer complaints. So I had an idea of the setbacks before I started the job. I was an employee who cared about her job who tried to succeed in all aspects of customer service, preparation, presentation, and more. This company sucked these aspirations out of me.
To begin with, I would like to place some blame on customers. First of all, it is a common misconception that jobs at McDonalds are easy and don't pay very much. Managers make as much as teachers. Store managers make as much as principals and public school board officials. Meanwhile, area supervisors easily make far above the salary of college professors. There is a Hamburger University.
As such, managers know their field. They know what they are talking about. Don't waste their time pretending like you do. Furthermore, these jobs are not easy. And things like running out of napkins, miscommunication, and ice cream machines not working is nothing to get overwhelmed about. Rudeness is. There is no excuse for any employee of any establishment interrupting without an apology.
During the order taking process, interruptions actually cause more confusions. I don't really care if you really want to know if the customer wanted Coke or Sprite. All questions can and should wait until the end of the order. Orders, no matter, how small should always be repeated. That way YOU as the CUSTOMER KNOW WHO SHOULD BE BLAMED!!! And remember, a little apology goes a long way.
Now I would like to discuss the setbacks due to the employees, company, managers, etc. McDonald's Corporation is a conspiracy in the fact that they can convince individual's to dish out work that is worth about $20 an hour, but convince them that they are only worth minimum wage. This business doesn't understand that they key foundation of all business is communication. As an event host, I was required to handle birthday parties and all other events. I cannot begin to count how many times I would run in on what I thought was my day off because there was a scheduled party I hadn't known about.
Plans are made to fix communication problems, but these are never fully resolved. They also don't understand the evils of indifference. As such, you HAVE to have your best employee train newcomers. Moreover, newcomers HAVE to be trained! Compassion must be shown for them before it can ever be shown to you. People will choose themselves before anyone else.
Now for the finally, I quit McDonald's because I was told I would have to give a months notice for day's off from events. I am a high school senior who is actively involved in dance, theatre, art, music, choir, band, soccer, and countless other activities. I took the job originally to make my own hours. By doing this, they took the only reason I started away from me. I had no further reason to stay. I cannot begin to account for the hours and money I spent on my personal materials for parties and events. As a host, I do face painting, balloon animals, and magic tricks. This all COSTS MONEY. I was hired with the promise that these would be paid for. This never happened.
Then on my final day, I was informed that I had to return all of my PERSONAL party hosting items. I quickly replied uncharacteristically rudely for my usual attitude. I told them they would get it when they paid me about $3000. (This wasn't an exaggeration.)
Now however, I am a self-employed party host that is paid $45 dollars an hour for less stress and less work. This is far better than the $7 I was receiving before. Don't work for a corporate-owned McDonalds. I would once suggest franchise. Thank you for your time, though I doubt that no one is going to read the entire thing.
EDIT: I would like to clarify one of my reasons for quitting because a comment made by one of my visitors has brought up a very good point. Notice is always expected at all working establishments. What I failed to mention is that salary managers have to give a maximum of only two weeks notice. Hourly employees need only a week in my area. Anyone above a standard manager makes their own schedule and it doesn't matter. Since I was not salary, I didn't feel this required month was fair. Especially because parties were being scheduled only twenty-four hours before its scheduled day. Thank you for bringing this to my attention though!