Tuesday, September 12, 2006

McDonald's From Hell

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Do you ever set out for an event and get a bad omen right off the bat? That is how our trip began as we traveled north on the Kansas turnpike. I know I was in a bad mood since I was PMSing. No, that doesn't stand for Potential Murder Suspect, although yesterday it could have. I was also sunburned, exhausted and had the beginnings of a nasty cold, which I'm sure contributed to my not-so-pleasant demeanor. But I digress.

We stopped for lunch at McDonald's on the turnpike, and I ordered Georgia a 4-piece Chicken McNuggets. This is what I get her every time we go to McDonald's. They 16-year-old Mary-Kate-Jennifer-Love looking thing working behind the counter raised her eyebrow ring at me and said, "We only sell a 6-piece McNuggets, Ma'am." That was about all I needed. Before I even opened my mouth, my husband actually backed up a couple of steps.

I told the girl I know they sold the 4-piece because I had purchased it there before. She told me I was mistaken. (I don't f*cking think so!) She said they only sold the 4-piece in the Happy Meal. If you bought the McNuggets by themselves, you could only get a 6-piece. I find it difficult to believe that I can buy a 4-piece at every other McDonald's in the country except that one. So, I asked to speak to a manager. Katie Holmes with the facial jewelry called over her manager - a middle-age woman in serious need of an extreme makeover who looked like she was seriously pissed off with her station in life. She whispered with eyebrow ring girl, and came over to inform me, "Ma'am, you can only buy a 4-piece McNugget if you buy the Happy Meal."

I'm not necessarily opposed to someone calling me Ma'am, except when you can tell by their tone that they are mentally saying, "Bitch." I called them both liars. I looked to my husband for support, but he had taken the children and ran as far across the restaurant as he could get from me. Apparently, he didn't want anyone to know he was with the "crazy lady."

At this point, the sourpuss manager and bubble-headed employee were trying to get me to pay for a 6-piece McNugget and they would just give me a 4-piece. I think I responded, "Are you f*cking crazy? Now you want to steal my money?"

I am smart enough to realize that I was on the verge of becoming completely irrational. And what was I going to do? The children had to eat, and there wasn't another "restaurant" for miles. I bought the 6-piece McNugget, with all six pieces. My husband ate the remaining two, which I knew he would. But that wasn't really the point. As my dad always used to say, "It's the principle of the matter!"

6 comments:

Aaron said...

someone needs their coffee and a giant midol...

Bobby Griffin said...

I've had this problem before. At the McDonald's nearest to my house they sell the 4 piece nuggets on the dollar menu, which is a pretty good deal.

At other places though, without the 4 piece, the 6 piece usually goes for about $2.50 (RIP OFF!) Even at places with the 4 piece on the dollar menu, they still sell the 6 piece for $2.50, which is retarded since you can get 2 4-pieces (aka 8 pieces) for 2 bucks.

Jenny McLellan said...

We ran into the same problem at a "highway" McDonald's (the one between KC and Lawrence)--they don't have a dollar menu. What's up with that?! So we ended up with a "large" order of fries for $2.25 or something ridiculous like that.

Morgen said...

the whole time I was reading this, I was thinking: the Mickey D's down the street has a 4-piece nugget on the dollar menu. isn't it weird? the micro-macro-mickey-d-enomics of the weird?

I could SO picture your husband backing up from you!!! great post!

ian said...

If you head up I-70 west into the mountains, you'll find the lovely resort town of Silverthorne. There is a Burger King there right off the interstate which does a brisk trade in beefy comestibles. Silverthorne being a resort town, there aren't that many people who actually LIVE there. And those who do are known by sight by the BK employees. The locals get to order from the "menu under the counter", where the items are the same as for everyone else, but the prices are a whole lot less.

So if you're ever in the mood for a Five Dollar Whopper...

Ian

comment4U said...

Oh, that's friggin' hilarious! The mental picture I got of the hubby, panicked and backing away...LOL!