Thursday, November 10, 2011

McDonald's franchisee can be terrible...

Location: British Columbia, Richmond Centre
Industry: Restaurant
Annoyed By: McDonald's

It wasn't until the past few months that I noticed that some McDonald's do not offer refills and have different service standards.
I placed a call to HQ about this issue and they advised me that certain franchisee McD locations are allowed to do as they please.
Here's the story: I ordered a combo meal at a Mcdonald's mall location, my medium beverage was filled full of ice and pop. At that time, i didnt really care less about my cup being full of ice as I was always accustomed to the free refills. Apparently, this location does not offer free refills. I was quite suprised and disappointed by this fact as I was not informed during my purchase and nowhere on the menu stated this fact. Had I known, I would of requested to have not as much ice and more pop.
Now, I am not a cheapie that mooches off free refills but I feel that, as a consumer, I have the right to know about these things. I don't feel it necssary to always ask about whether they charge more for this or do not offer that anymore when other McD locations do. It's McDonalds! We all grew up on it and expect the same consistency in all Mcd venues.
I do also understand that some venues may have a slight increase in their food prices due to demographic regions (airport locations etc) and that the current economy is slow -- But, does NOT offering free refills or charging for extra bbq sauce really make that much of a difference to risk losing a devoted customer permanently? Why don't they just charge you extra for ketchup if that is the case to make a few extra bucks?
Needless to say, I will never goto that McD located in the mall again. If you see that the pop vending machine is behind the counter, it means that they wont offer any refills and may also charge extra for other condiments. Keep that in mind for all you frequent McD goers~

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