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!
I'm am writing in regards to all those unhappy people that "will never" stop at a McD's again. I work in the McD's in Australia, I'm not sure how it is overseas but I know here, down under, is not what you people say it is. I have a few points that I want to clear up etc. Just off the top of my head, TOYS, we give out 1 toy for every Happy Meal bought. 1:1 ratio, it is advertised that there are 2 toys, usually it is 2 toys that you can COLLECT by buying another Happy Meal.
Secondly, do you people have any idea what we have to deal with from..well...YOU? It's constantly "I want, I want, I want." For god's sake, a please and thank you would be nice once in a while. And no matter if the fries were cooked in gold plated vats (deep fryers) you still would have something to complain about, "not enough salt, too much, shouldn't have salt on, should have salt on, my fries are cold because I decided to talk to my friend for 20 min before eating them!"
We go through hell with these, I know I have had complaints "I have 2 pickles on my cheese burger" or "The lettuce on the big mac is falling off" or whatever else you come up with. When you order your food, you want it NOW. You don't have the patience to wait an extra 30 seconds for it. We do our best to get it to you fast so just tone down a bit honestly.
We have to deal with smartass customers every day. So don't be offended when we don't laugh at you when you add a "mc" to every word you say, "Can I McPlease have a McMeal McCombo, with McFries and a McCoke, McThankyou." It's not funny, and it just shows how dumb you really are. Also have you ever worked at Macca's? If you have you will understand how easy it is to make a simple mistake, by accidentally grabbing the burger with pickles instead of the burger without them. Just politely bring it back and SAY...not Shout or be all aggressive about it.
You may not know it, but WE ARE PEOPLE TOO. I don't come to your workplace and scream at you "YOUR PENCIL ISN'T SHARP ENOUGH" do I? It seems as though as soon as you walk through the doors you turn into complete idiots. Treat us with respect and you will get better service.
Gloves is another thing I see that many people have complained about. I have done all certs in food handling and every teacher I have spoken to agrees that the use of gloves is just as bad as using your bare hands. Now I'm not saying that gloves shouldn't be used, but I know that in some parts it's not necessary. I know in Australia though it is.
Sauce charges, yes we charge for extra sauces. Some may know that McD's have now put in to play some dietary and healthy standards, like 'made for you'. We charge for extra sauces as a deterrent because one portion is better for you rather than 2 tubs of sauce. Also syrups, you complain about McD's making you fat, yet you want more syrup for your hotcakes! FGS have some sense, high in sugar or fat make you big!
No we don't substitute, if you don't want pickles but want an extra meat patty you have to pay for it. Yes, you cannot just mix and match things. We don't custom make your burgers. We have a set standard although we can take sauces away or meat etc, or add stuff on but we don't sub...you pay for all of it. The common myth that our nuggets are just the scraping of bones... NOT TRUE, Aussie nuggets are taken from the breast of the chicken.
And don't scream at us for broken shake and sundae machines or frozen drink machines... It's not like we tell that machine to break like I have had stuff thrown at me cause the frozen coke machine is broken. We have to wait for the repair people to come out and fix it, and you know what they are like.
I'm not saying that all customers are bad, and I'm not saying that it's always your fault. And I totally understand that some crew people look and act like they have just been picked off the street and have no manners, but before you get on your high heels and become that mad customer, try being polite about it and I'm sure we will fix it for you. We take a lot of crap from you. Thank you.
GLACE BAY, NS, CANADA -- This past Saturday we went through the drive through at Mcdonald's. Me and 4 friends were in the vehicle, we placed 2 orders, and we were all coming from a party and the passengers in the back were all after having a few drinks. My boyfriend and his friend were in the front. So we were carrying on amongst ourselves and whatever and so we get to the window and the girl serving us says "don't take my picture", and she said this cause I had my camera out taking pics of me and my friends, and I didn't take her picture nor did I want it.
Then she leaves and the manager on duty who's no older than 18 comes to the window and throws our food at us and says we're being "rude and obnoxious" and not to come back. So then my boyfriend says "excuse me how are we being rude" and he says "you were taking pictures and carrying on like fools and being rude", etc, and then he slams the window and so my boyfriend's friend who's in the passenger seat gets outta the car and stands up and is like "open the window" because they had left the window and they could not see us as we were lower than the window in the car.
So he comes back and says "don't come back" and slams the window again, so we go back through the drive through because at our Mcdonald's they only let you place 2 orders at once, and we had 2 more orders to make, so they wouldn't answer us or ask us for our order. They just totally ignored us.
Then my boyfriend called them on Monday and wanted to talk to the head manager and they said he would call us back either Tuesday or Wednesday. So he did today and he asked for my boyfriend's name and address and his car make and model and all that, and we gave it to him thinking he was going to come and apologize or something.
But then once we gave him the info he starts screaming at my boyfriend, cursing and swearing and threatening him with legal action, saying we were "being little pricks trying to get free food" and that we were threatening the staff, which NONE of this happened whatsoever. And (did I mention that this Manager is the Father of the male who slammed the window in our faces several times on Saturday?).
So my boyfriend asks if they have audio of this because he wants to hear where we made threats, and the manager says no "he doesn't have audio but he has a tape of us in the drive through", and my boyfriend says "Then I want you to ask the girl who served us what I said to her that was so rude" and the manager says "No I will not ask her. I know what you said" (funny though cause he was not there and does not have an audio tape??).
My boyfriend then asks if he can see the video cause he would like to see where we made threats then and the manager said "NO" and started cursing and swearing at him again. Then my boyfriend hung up cause he was so pissed off and couldn't believe what this manager was saying to him and how he was treating him.
But he then realized that he had his information and wasn't sure what he was going to do with it cause obviously he has some sort of temper. So he called back and the manager wasn't there. Shortly later the manager calls back and starts with his yelling and hollering again, told my boyfriend he was going to "give him advice & to choose his friends better", which has NOTHING to do with the situation at all.. The funny thing too is that if we were in our 30's or 40's they wouldn't have said a word to us and guaranteed the manager would have called and apologized to us.
The manager told my boyfriend that he is responsible for the way the passengers are acting, so if that's the case what happens when a mom pulls through with a bunch of kids in the back screaming and yelling and crying, are they going to say "listen lady shut your kids up?", no they aren't. So what makes them think they can talk to us the way they did. NOTHING. There is not a single reason for the way they treated us. ESPECIALLY the MANAGER.
We will be going to MCDONALD'S CANADA and writing a letter. We tried calling but they said there is nothing they can do for complaints that we'd have to file it against the store, which in this case I'm sure the manager would just laugh at us and throw our complaint out.
I myself work in customer service and I can't think of a single manager who would DARE talk to a customer that way, especially using threats and verbal abuse. Nor can we as employees do this. Customer is always right, are they not? We also filed a police report on the manager because we felt threatened by him cause as soon as he took our information he started with threats so we weren't sure what he was going to do. Me and my friends are absolutely mind blown by the way we were treated by the staff and management. McDonald's can be sure they won't have us as customers anymore.
LLAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Why is it when I go to eat, the service never matches what the TV commercials make us believe we will get? It's bad enough that I now need to take an interpreter with me just to order - My Polish Great - grandmother Kaszinsky made her children “learn the language of the new land, not the old country" as she put it; She understood. The order takers are masters of making me feel like I'm in the wrong for complaining if I have to slowly explain what I wanted when they ring it up incorrectly.
I am by no means the master of correct grammar; however, I am always open to learning and improving my abilities. Why all of this fanfare over a fast food fungus like McDonald's? It is because this company is the blood pressure monitor of the culture of America. They reflect back more than the enlarging of our society's waistline.
Fransisco, at store 17708 in Las Vegas recently gave me my order of Asian Salad without the little bags of almonds. I asked him for the bag and he said we don't have any. I had already eaten several bites the salad before our conversation and I politely asked him what he planned to do to rectify the situation upon notice of his blank stare. He said the only choices were for me to eat it without the almonds, or to bring the whole salad back for a refund...
While I was there at the counter, five (yes 5!) other customers came up to complain about messed up orders as well. Not once did I hear "Sorry", "Thank you", or any other well-mannered verbiage spouted from the mouths of the employees other than the word "yeah". The "ghetto" lingo that has become the iconic language of our "look at me" generation is a reflection of the new “no one else matters” standard in America!
Why has the influence of poorly educated, unmotivated, self-absorbed gangster wannabes become the only aspiration of so many young people. You see it in the clothes we buy and the street language we hear on television. Why has the world found favor with people that can only find validation, not through their personal achievements or good values, but only through their vulgar language, scarring tattoos, and acting like something they have seen on TV?
Is behaving like Snoop Dog (Snoop Dork in my book) the highest accomplishment a human being can achieve? Does his standard and values of being reach the zenith of all that human being should and can become? Someone let me off this train! I beg you!
The search for the meaning of life should reach higher than the hydraulic bounce of a low-rider car (insecure-mobile), more in depth than the foundation of make-up, or farther than the pass of a football. Maybe McDonald's should try training their employees the fundamentals of respect, common courtesy, and self-initiative. As Fransisco seems to have none of these attributes when he didn't stick around for my answer but went on to make a milkshake and just ignore me as if I was no longer something to worry about, I realized he just didn't care. This lack of care for others (the minimum wage syndrome) was really a reflection of his lack of care for himself.
Once, I had a job that required me to clean toilets and I didn't like it; however, I had enough self-respect to make sure that they weren't just clean, but that they sparkled! Is the sparkle in America gone? The “judgementalists” among you may claim I am intolerant for a variety of reasons to single out a working class group of people even though I was working in the same class when I cleaned toilets; wouldn't their hate of an intolerant person make them intolerant as well?
If we, through our desire to be tolerant accept and celebrate mediocrity, ignorance, and selfish rudeness, we have failed as a species. Life isn't just about the destination of our journey - it is about how we strived for decency and the lifting of a higher hope along the way. I ask McDonald's to not just make money, but make an effort to add richness to our society.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- I visited this McDonald's for the first time last night and will NEVER visit again. I ordered a cheeseburger, French fries and soda last night before my class at DePaul. I took my first bite and got a huge pubic hair in mouth. It was INSIDE the sandwich. I nearly threw up. I still gag thinking about it.
My disgust was compounded when I notified the manager and he barely blinked an eye. He didn't apologize; he literally threw another cheeseburger on the counter in front of me. I told him I did not want another burger. Seriously, why would I eat something made in the same kitchen that put a pubic hair in my mouth only minutes earlier. He ended up giving me $1.11 back despite the fact that I couldn't eat my entire meal. I am disgusted by this entire situation and how it was handled. Poorly done, McDonald's.
Yesterday May 27, 2012 I went to the local branch of McDonald's in Saudi Arabia and ordered Special chicken meal after getting it and opened it I wound Cockroach inside. I do have the picture of it and the invoice as I return it back to them after ruining my day. This is very, very, very bad.
WEST ISLIP, NEW YORK -- After ordering food and stating no cheese on my wife's quarter pounder, and other food, I drove home. It clearly stated on the receipt and box no cheese/onions. Upon arriving home the burger has cheese which my wife hates. She peeled it off. Unacceptable. I drove back where the same crew we still on shift. The manager apologized and gave me a coupon for a freebie. This happens way too often. I can say it's not worth my gas and my time to go back.
MIDWESET CITY, OKLAHOMA -- I'm letting my angry inner child type this one out because I'm mad as hell and I want this to be largely extemporaneous and unedited. Ya know I'm usually the sensible one on my3cents but this time I'm playing the rage card. I think I've earned that privilege.
I wake up this morning feeling good and with an appetite for the first time in a long time. I got a little pep in my step and a hunger in my belly and McDonald's on my mind. I order my breakfast burrito and *rolls eyes* *finger quotes* UNSWEET *finger quotes* iced tea, pays my $2.16 and drive off. Sounds like a happy ending, right. Oh HELL NO. Not by a long shot. I reach in the sack for my straw so I can sip some iced tea and you ain't going to believe this but Jar Jar Binks forgot to give me a straw. Yeah. No straw. What the bloody hell?
The drive-thru line is too long for my time so I had to spin right back around out of my truck into the store for a damn straw before I could be on my UNHAPPY way. I ask you who forgets the straw, man? How hard is it to put a freaking straw in a sack. You serve a drink, you give a straw. It's that way every time. This ain't no decision tree requiring judgment or thought. DRINK - STRAW. DRINK - STRAW. DRINK - STRAW. DRINK - STRAW. There's absolutely no excuse for forgetting the STRAW. GEEZE, GEEZE, GEEZE, GEEZE. If I wanted to get out of my truck for some abuse I'd gone to the Waffle House.
They SCREWED with the WRONG guy this time. I'm never going to McDonald's again. NEVER EVER ANYWHERE. McDonalds in Texas? NO! In the Kansas? NO! On a turnpike or in a Walmart or at a mall food court? NO! NO! NO!!! I AM DONE with McDonald's and I might add for morally superior reasoning. Bottom line, you just don't treat people like that so early in the morning. It's just that simple.
Two evenings ago my family and I visited the said McDonald's for an evening snack only to have another poor experience at the restaurant. Long of the short, the employees and the manager, in my opinion severely lack customer service etiquette.
Upon arrival to the drive through, we were not greeted with a kind welcome, rather a tone of incontinence. We placed an order requesting only 5 McDoubles, specifying Catsup only. The employee did not repeat the order back properly. I attempted to assure the food was prepared as we requested there was no response returned over the intercom system. We proceeded to the pay window communicating with the employee whom received our request, where we encountered an extremely rood young lady. We asked if she had heard our request for the preparation and she closed the window during the conversation and walked off.
We asked to speak to the manager and as we were advising her on the conversation she (the manager) looked at the employee closing the window, smiling at the employee and walking off. The employee reopened the window stating the amount owed and we paid and drove to the pick up window only to be told it will be approximately seven minutes. Within seconds here arrives at the window an additional employee eating a hamburger and sipping a soda. (I should say stuffing a burger in her mouth) Unacceptable!
We continued receiving poor service. I asked to speak again to the manager, whereas the employee handed me a cup stating, "If you have a problem there is the 800 number, call customer service".This is where I was done with the negative experience, I requested my monies be returned and we left. How pleasing??? Never again!