A TikTok user, who also claims to be a McDonald’s employee, recently gave viewers a walkthrough of cleaning the ice cream machine. And, after seeing the absolute monstrosity inside, many have vowed never to order a soft serve again.
This Macca’s ice cream machine will put you off your lunch
TikTokker @Meg.morgan4’s clip ‘Cleaning the ice cream machine at McDonald's’ has already gained over 180,000 views, and we can easily understand why.
The video shows what the worker claims to be one of McDonald’s ice cream machines getting a deep clean. The Maccas worker then proceeded to scrape off old ice cream, and chocolate which had solidified on the side of the machine. Comments in the video can be heard stating:
Ew this is disgusting.
By the end of the video, the machine seemed to be scraped clean, however, it still seems like much of the audience was put off their meals. One person commented stating:
Well I'm not ordering ice cream from McDonald's again.
Another person commented:
Now I see why yall always say the ice cream machine is broken.
Is the ice cream machine really broken?
No matter where in the world you are, you will have no doubt experienced the absolute disappointment upon going to McDonald’s and being told that the ice cream machine is broken. The heartbreaking phenomenon has even been the inspiration behind apps which track what stores are actually dishing out the soft-serve on any given day.
However, it also seems that the machines aren’t broken nearly as often as they are told to be. Joining the fast-food secrets movement, another person spoke out a few months ago revealing that often staff are just too lazy to clean out the machine. They addressed the issue over Twitter stating:
Btw, I used to work in McDonald's. The ice cream machine was never broke, it just takes three hours to clean so we used to say it was broke so we didn't have to serve you lot. Cheers.
Another person seconded the statement saying:
As an ex-McDonald's employee, the ice cream machine was always working it just took too long to clean it so we used to tell everyone it was broken hahaha.
Many questioned why staff don’t just admit the machine needs cleaning. The commenter revealed that in this situation customers just won’t take no for an answer:
Because people don't understand that you can't use it at all when it’s on a cleaning cycle… They just think you're wiping it down or something, its easier to say it’s broken.
It seems that McDonald’s themselves even weighed in, clarifying ‘shake and soft-serve ice cream machines undergo heat treatment cycles every 24 hrs. They're disassembled, sanitized and cleaned every 14 days. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.’
Anyone else craving a McFlurry?