McDonald’s customer complains about different prices

Customers seem obsessed with McDonald’s Halloween Boo Buckets, and TikToker Jae Woodstock (@smoker.woodstock) started her day with a fun quest to collect a green bucket. But her day soon turned frustrating when she learned that each McDonald’s location charged a different price for the Halloween special.

In the video, Jae and her friend are buying their second Boo Bucket when they notice that each McDonald’s receipt has a different price. “That was $3.49 and this was $5.29,” she says. The worker just says, “I don’t know. I’m not the one making the prices,” as he hands the woman her order.

@smoker.woodstock McDonald’s pranks people #boobuckets #fypシ #fyp #boobuckets🎃☠️👻☠️🎃 #lesbiansoftiktok🏳️‍🌈 ♬ Original soundtrack – Jae Woodstock

Jae’s friend then asks the worker to mention it to his manager and while she waits she shows the camera the two McDonald’s receipts showing different prices for the same order.

However, the manager confirms for the two McDonald’s customers that “the prices are different in different places”. The women drive off and say, “I think McDonald’s is full of shit.”

The video has been viewed over 244,000 times at the time of this writing, and of course viewers shared their thoughts.

There are a number of factors that go into the pricing of McDonald’s items, such as the minimum wage at the franchise’s location. A Restaurant Business Report even analyzed McDonald’s menus in all 50 states and found that Big Mac prices ranged “from $3.75 for a Big Mac in Austin, Texas, to $6.39 in Seattle.” But most people on TikTok knew enough about how the franchise works that they weren’t surprised by Jae’s revelation that different McDonald’s locations have different prices for the same menu item.

“Different franchisees set different prices,” one person helpfully said. Another explained: “Different areas have different prices, especially different ones [cities]! IDK which two you went to, but you’re right, they don’t do the prices.” The creator responded that they went to three locations within a three-mile radius, but, as others pointed out, “They’re usually with different ones Licensed to owners so prices may vary.”

A number of viewers criticized the way the women asked for information from the drive-thru employee. “Employees don’t make the prices corporate, they leave the workers alone,” said one person. One user even accused TikToker of filming the worker for clout, asking, “What do people think it’s okay to record internet content service workers?”

In Jae’s video response to the comment, she explains that first, they knew the price difference at McDonald’s was because they went to locations with different franchisees. Second, she says they only filmed because they “wondered how many McDonald’s it would take to find a green bucket” and that they were never really interested in filming the workers.

“We just thought it was interesting and happened to video it,” she claims. However, viewers were skeptical of this claim.

A viewer called the TikToker and said, “Lmao no you didn’t find it interesting, you complained and asked them to ask a manager why it was different and said cheating McDonald’s.” The TikToker replied, claiming: “I was just filming lol.”

“But why record them?!?? You could just record!” asked another viewer, wondering why the workers’ faces were included in the clip.

The Daily Dot contacted Jae via Instagram direct message.


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*Initial Release: Oct 20, 2022 3:10pm CDT

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