A very long drive … via: McDonald’s fans travel 250 miles for a Big Mac from one of the few reopened stores
- Ryan Hall and Paisley Hamilton drove from Hull to Peterborough for a McDs
- Ryan said the trip lasted seven hours and they only spent 15 minutes on food
- The fast food giant said to reopen 33 drive thrus earlier this month
- Yesterday, McDonalds announced it plans to open nearly 1,000 additional restaurants next Thursday
Two friends took a 250-mile round trip to the nearest McDonalds drive-in after the fast food chain reopened a handful of stores last week.
Ryan Hall and Paisley Hamilton, both 23, drove from Hull to a Peterborough McDonalds on a trip they said took seven hours.
Ryan, who paid £ 27 to fill his Fiat 500 for the trip, said they hadn’t really thought about how much the trip would cost or how long it would take.
“It was definitely an ‘F *** it’ moment that ended up costing me a lot of money. But I would do it all again. It was so worth it, “he told the sun.
In Peterborough, vehicles stopped in the parking lot as McDonalds employees fought to meet the high demand of drive-thru customers
On May 20, McDonalds announced it would reopen 33 stores across the country for meal pickup, and another six would provide delivery service.
Unfortunately for the friends, their nearest franchise was over 100 miles away in Peterborough.
Ryan said that after the long journey, they ate their lunch in the parking lot, while eating a big Big Mac meal, a big Chicken McNugget meal, two double cheeseburgers, a McChicken sandwich, a regular cheeseburger and a Filet-O-Fish ate.
McDonald’s announced yesterday that nearly 1,000 additional restaurants will be reopened from next week for drive-thru or deliveries, under new lockdown friendly measures with a £ 25 limit on orders.
Each franchise has been asked to keep its staff fit and able to work after nearly two months of lockdowns.
As of Tuesday, McDonald’s will start announcing the restaurants that have reopened. 975 franchises were reopened on Thursday.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said, “We can announce today that by June 4, 1019 of our restaurants will be reopened, either for Drive Thru or McDelivery.
“This means that every Drive Thru in the UK and Ireland will reopen next Tuesday and Thursday and we will also expand the availability of McDelivery.
‘This is only possible after the hard work of the teams in our 44 pilot restaurants.
“Over the past two weeks, our employees, franchisees and suppliers have worked tirelessly to implement new procedures to enable safe working, so we can now help all parts of the UK and Ireland enjoy the return of the Big Mac.
“With fewer employees working in our kitchens and service areas, our teams still need your patience and support as they continue to adapt to the new way of working.
‘Face covers, gloves, perspex screens and new safety and hygiene processes will make it look different, take a little longer and as we’ve seen in the pilot restaurants, we expect demand to be high.
“Be patient, we will continue to put our people first – their safety is our priority.”
Drive thrus reopened because lockdown measures have brought convenience, have caused long queues as fast food fans have been trying to get their first fix of McDonald’s since restaurants closed.
In some cases, McDonald’s had to close passages, while there were also complaints about the safety of delivery drivers after they queued up in London to pick up orders.
With more than 900 more drive-thru jobs opening Thursday, the fast food giant says he’s working to keep customer levels low.