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19 fast food hacks that will change the way you order
Financial Post ^ | July 26, 2013 | Ashley Lutz

Posted on 07/28/2013 9:16:34 AM PDT by rickmichaels

Fast food is all about convenience and affordability.

But there are ways you can make a trip to the local McDonald’s or Burger King feel like a VIP experience.

Two Reddit forums revealed tips from fast food employees and savvy customers. We pulled out the best tricks that could enhance your next dining experience.

From customizing your Taco Bell order to getting a cheaper “Big Mac,” these tips could change your fast food orders forever...

(Excerpt) Read more at business.financialpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Food
KEYWORDS: fastfood; hack; hacks

1 posted on 07/28/2013 9:16:34 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels; Revolting cat!

19 tips to complicate your fast food order and increase the odds that a minimum wage low skilled worker is going to spit in your food.


2 posted on 07/28/2013 9:21:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: rickmichaels

The tip from my daughter is: ask for honey mustard at Jack in the Box to add to your chicken sandwich; the sauce works well with the fried patty.


3 posted on 07/28/2013 9:27:33 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: a fool in paradise

My first summer job was at Jack in the box.
I ran the fryers. Tacos and super tacos were a
pain in the butt, you had to lift the basket out of the
fryer and pry those (still a-sizzlin’) bastards open to
add the lettuce and cheese and sauce. Burned your fingers and was greasy.

Finally, I figured a way out of it.

Beginning of shift, I’d duct-tape over the taco section at
the drive through menu and write “Tacos Unavailable” on the tape.

I removed the tape end of shift.

Cut my taco duties by about 70%.


4 posted on 07/28/2013 9:29:48 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: rickmichaels

I guess I figure, if you want better quality food, go to a sit down restaurant, or something other than a fast food chain place. Some “mom and pop” type places I know of serve excellent burgers, made with real beef, made to order. You have to wait a few minutes, but it’s pretty fast. And their prices are competitive with McDonald’s and Burger King.

The business model of chain fast food places does not lend itself to special orders, substitutions, etc.


5 posted on 07/28/2013 9:33:33 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: rickmichaels

Until the “this is for Trayvon” anger subsides, I am going to avoid fast food joints. Too much opportunity for peevish young folks to pull a Jesse Jackson.


6 posted on 07/28/2013 9:34:03 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Liberals' first line of defense is emotion...the fall back position is specious reasoning.)
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To: rickmichaels

When I want “fast food,” I have four Chinese places to choose from. Last time I had a grease-burger from Steak and Shake, I got the ,,,er,,,, nevermind!


7 posted on 07/28/2013 9:35:36 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: rickmichaels

Now I want an Arby’s. 2 Arby’s sauce, 1 Horsey sauce.


8 posted on 07/28/2013 9:36:10 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: humblegunner

What a great idea!!! LOL!


9 posted on 07/28/2013 9:37:32 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: RoosterRedux

Same here and you know poshitus just loves this.


10 posted on 07/28/2013 9:40:32 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: rickmichaels

I eat something from a fast food place about once every five or ten years, so I’ll try to remember these suggestions.


11 posted on 07/28/2013 9:46:31 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Last time I had a grease-burger from Steak and Shake, I got the ,,,er,,,, nevermind!

The last 2 times I ate at Steak and Shake, the waiter was a screamin' fruitcake. "Light in the loafers" didn't begin to describe either of these two burger queens.

I haven't been to Steak and Shake since, and that was 4 years ago.

12 posted on 07/28/2013 9:48:29 AM PDT by meyer (What would John Hancock do?)
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To: kingu
The tip from my daughter is: ask for honey mustard at Jack in the Box to add to your chicken sandwich; the sauce works well with the fried patty.

Many years ago I looked forward to my trips out West so I could get those. They came with the sauce and there was no breading on the patty.

13 posted on 07/28/2013 9:49:06 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

‘Special orders’ is short for ‘pull over to the side, sir’


14 posted on 07/28/2013 9:53:04 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ -- http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: rickmichaels

I’ve been ordering my burgers without mayo or without mustard for a long time — they’re right, this ensures that they’re made fresh and you get a much better quality burger.


15 posted on 07/28/2013 9:53:23 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: rickmichaels

For fresh fries, order “no salt.”


16 posted on 07/28/2013 9:56:09 AM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: humblegunner

Thanks for the biggest laugh on this Sunday morning!


17 posted on 07/28/2013 9:57:36 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: a fool in paradise

Respectfully, if you are in The West, just go to In-N-Out Burger. They start their people at nice hourly wages, and all the cooking and prep is done in the open. If you ever lose faith in the modern generation, you will be pleasantly surprised, the youngsters that they employ are usually top shelf. Thanks !


18 posted on 07/28/2013 9:57:47 AM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: meyer

One time I went, I was handed my takeout order by a very sullen black kid. It was obvious that he’d rather kill me than give me my order!


19 posted on 07/28/2013 10:00:15 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: humblegunner

That’s funny! Bet the boss wondered why the taco parts inventory was all over the map!


20 posted on 07/28/2013 10:06:58 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: jttpwalsh

I wouldn’t change a thing ag Chik-fil-a. EVerything is perfect there.


21 posted on 07/28/2013 10:08:45 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: humblegunner

Ha... i would have been bummed! In the summer, as a teen, i would get up, maybe wash my car... cute 1982 Mustang... and my niece (who is my age) and i would go through the Jack drive-thru... order 2 tacos, fries and a Coke each... and then after a night of dancing, or cruising, we would go through the Jack drive-thru and again order 2 tacos, fries and a Coke each!


22 posted on 07/28/2013 10:09:35 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: bigbob

I’m sure that during the intervening 35 years, some method
has been devised to manipulate the dang tacos without finger damage.

OSHA would have been proud of me for minimizing hazardous work practices.


23 posted on 07/28/2013 10:12:53 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: latina4dubya

No tacos for you!


24 posted on 07/28/2013 10:15:49 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: rickmichaels

I always customize just a little bit (usually ask for no onions cause I don’t like them raw) different so it’s fresh.

And I learned that Frisco trick a while back. LOL


25 posted on 07/28/2013 10:17:52 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: rickmichaels

I worked in fast food as a teen, and they do not keep their food under heat lamps for hours... at the end of one shift at closing time, i tried to buy the last Big Mac, but it had reached its maximum time limit under the heat lamp, and the mgr would not sell it to me... i would not let up so she finally just gave it to me... whatever didn’t sell by the time limit was tossed out...


26 posted on 07/28/2013 10:19:34 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: bicyclerepair

That is the truth!


27 posted on 07/28/2013 10:20:28 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: meyer

You don’t eat at a delicious restaurant because your server was gay?

Wow.


28 posted on 07/28/2013 10:21:37 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: kingu

McDonald’s has little packets of Picante sauce for their breakfast burritos. I always ask for one when ordering the dollar chicken sandwich. It’s free (unlike the nugget sauces) and really livens the sandwich up.


29 posted on 07/28/2013 10:22:06 AM PDT by Eepsy
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To: a fool in paradise

They haven’t got the last four orders right at McDs ....so what did they do, closed, tore it down and are building a new one!


30 posted on 07/28/2013 10:26:26 AM PDT by Shady (Creed of the PC Police: You're guilty when we say you are...)
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To: autumnraine; meyer
You don’t eat at a delicious restaurant because your server was gay?

If a restaurant worker makes little, if any, distinction between a butthole and a vagina, why would one further tempt fate and order food there?

31 posted on 07/28/2013 10:31:44 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: bicyclerepair

Agreed, Chik-fil-a is very good !


32 posted on 07/28/2013 10:51:25 AM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: autumnraine
You don’t eat at a delicious restaurant because your server was gay?

We're talking about Steak and Shake, not some "delicious" restaurant.

And yes, if the waiter chooses to blatantly offend people with his "gay" act, then I will choose another place to eat. I don't care who he chooses as a partner in the privacy of his own home, but I do care if he tries to carry that act out in public.

It's not like these two were just a tiny bit light in the loafers - they were flaunting their abnormal behavior and it was repulsive.

33 posted on 07/28/2013 11:12:16 AM PDT by meyer (What would John Hancock do?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Just about anything you ask that adds one microsecond of labor to your order will get your food spat upon. From what I’ve heard, there are places like DC and Philly where they’ll spit on your food just for being white.

I haven’t eaten at a Mickey Dee’s in many years.


34 posted on 07/28/2013 11:20:30 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Justice for Trayvon: Dig up his body and shoot him again.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Nice tag line!


35 posted on 07/28/2013 11:44:36 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: rickmichaels

I’ve been to a Sonic drive-in 3 times and will never go again.

I still haven’t eaten anything.

Hello? Anybody here? Hello? Does this speaker work? ...drive away.


36 posted on 07/28/2013 12:06:03 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: jttpwalsh

Agree... at In n Out you can watch you burger from start to finish.

Double Double, fries and chocolate shake please!


37 posted on 07/28/2013 12:10:27 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: autumnraine; meyer
You don’t eat at a delicious restaurant because your server was gay?

That's actually not a bad idea.

If someone is willing to do a Jesse Jackson and spit in your food, imagine what a socially-conscious poofter could come up with...

38 posted on 07/28/2013 12:16:31 PM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: latina4dubya
You got lucky. After working an extremely late night run to get product out on a Friday night, I went to the local Burger King late on a Saturday morning holiday weekend. I asked for a Double Whopper with cheese to go, since I was starving and just wanted to grab a quick bite and relax back home, and the register kid slowly rang it up.

Then he walked back a couple of steps to where a single boxed one was sitting there on the 'ready' slide, and put it in a bag and handed it over.

Considering that the kid had been leaning with crossed arms watching the indoors telly, and there was only one other customer there and no one else immediately before or behind this order, I was suspicious since nobody seemed to be in a hurry to do any work there behind the counter.

"I would like a fresh one," I told the kid.

"This IS fresh, sir," he stated. "We JUST made it."

Being dead tired, I just took the bloody bag he kept proffering and went back home.

Mistake.

The buns were soggy from condensation, the lettuce was brown dry, and wilted, and the bloody cheese had absorbed so much moisture it had turned into some type of drippy coating over a stone cold pair of very stiff patties.

Threw the thing away in disgust, since I was just too tired to go make a fuss. Never went back to that location, and ever since then I always keep a close eye on the 'cook' staff to make sure no further unpleasantries occurred.

39 posted on 07/28/2013 12:36:19 PM PDT by Utilizer (what does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
And their prices are competitive with McDonald’s and Burger King.

Now that I'm seeing $6-$7-$8 show up on their menues, we spending a few bucks more and getting a REAL dinner at the sit-down places. McD is still good for a couple of quickie $1 McDoubles when on the road though. If we have the time though, forget 'em.

40 posted on 07/28/2013 2:27:31 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: hattend

That’s what a hamburger’s all about ! :)


41 posted on 07/28/2013 2:46:09 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: meyer

Steak ‘n Shake has a magnificent garlic cheeseburger that redeems them over anywhere else for me.


42 posted on 07/28/2013 3:45:24 PM PDT by pallmallman (Q)
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To: FlJoePa

I miss Arby’s soooo much.
The one i grew up with burned to the ground over 20 years ago and there are no others around.
argh...


43 posted on 07/28/2013 10:18:40 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: rickmichaels

I refuse to go to fast food joints. I cook so much better than them. And I’m a male of the hungry kind.


44 posted on 07/28/2013 10:31:45 PM PDT by jy8z (From the next to last exit before the end of the internet.)
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To: rickmichaels

Many of these “tips” are franchise dependent and won’t work everywhere.

For example, no way are the McDs going to change the egg type upon request around here.


45 posted on 07/28/2013 10:38:12 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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