A British expat was shaken when he tried to order a cheeseburger from an Australian McDonald’s restaurant.
Jenny Herriot was ‘starved’ after a long day and decided to satisfy her appetite at a Macca’s drive-thru.
She ordered a McChicken meal and added a cheeseburger as an extra snack.
Originally, Jenny only expected to pay an extra 99p ($1.85 AUD), but Jenny was shocked when the cheeseburger added $4.70 to her total.
“It’s not all sunshine and rainbows here in Australia,” she realized after the surprise encounter. “This one cut deep.”
A British expat was shaken when he tried to order a simple cheeseburger from Australian McDonald’s
Jenny explained her ordeal in a video.
“Another update from a Brit in Australia,” she said. “On the subject of McDonald’s, or Macca’s, or whatever they call it.”
Jenny shared that she wanted an extra side on top of her McChicken meal and was in the mood for a cheeseburger.
“As you do, you get a small snack from the saver menu, such as the 99p ($1.85AUD) menu to go with it, so you can snack on it before eating the main meal,” she said.
She added, “And I asked for a cheeseburger, and I didn’t really know what to call it.” I asked for the cheap one because I didn’t want to say ‘the 99p menu’.’
But Jenny didn’t know that Macca’s Australia doesn’t have a dollar menu and burgers are significantly more expensive.
“The 99 pence burger is literally exactly the same…but it costs $4.70!” she exclaimed. “For literally like a standard cheeseburger?”
Many others were also outraged by the price.
“They got rid of the dollar menu a few years ago and the country hasn’t been the same since,” said one woman.
“Macca’s is so expensive!” one employee said, “I work there to pass orders and get shocked by some of the prices.”
“It’s only worth it if you have a special on the app – otherwise I won’t even bother,” a third wrote.
Another added: ‘I don’t eat Maccas anymore because it’s so expensive. I can get a breakfast burger and a coffee in a cafe for the same price.”
Another McDonald’s enthusiast was ripped off by the unexpectedly high price.
The customer recently bought a cheeseburger and paid $4.25 before seeing burgers on the menu for just $2.
The only difference between the two burgers is a single slice of cheese.
“When did a slice of cheese become more expensive than the whole burger?” he smoked.
And other foodies were just as baffled by the price difference.
Many accused the fast food chain of “ripping off” customers.
Foodies were baffled to find that a McDonald’s cheeseburger is more than double the price of the burger, despite having nearly identical fillings
“Royal commission in cheeseburger prices,” one user replied to the man’s complaint, while another asked, “Is it because they rip us off?”
“Yes, I asked this question recently, even the staff think it’s ridiculous,” a third recalled.
Someone joked it was because of a “cheese tax” while a restaurant worker pointed out that the price of cheese has risen in recent months.
‘Work in a restaurant that uses a lot of cheese. The cost of cheese has skyrocketed over the past six to nine months. Killing my food costs,” they explained.
Many thought that the price difference could be due to the inclusion of the hamburger in the Maccas Loose Change Menu.
“The $2 burger is a promotion. The $4.25 cheeseburger is regular fare,” one person explained.
Outside of the loose change menu, the Hamburger is about 75 cents less than the Cheeseburger, although prices may vary slightly from restaurant to restaurant.
Many pointed out that unlike the $4.25 cheeseburger (left), the $2 burger (right) is a special included in the Maccas Loose Change menu
Both burgers all have the same other fillings, including a beef patty, onion, pickles, mustard, and ketchup.
Some Maccas fans thought they had a solution to get a cheaper cheeseburger, but an employee stopped their hacks.
“What happens if you order a burger and cheese?” one asked and another suggested, “Just get a burger and add cheese.”
‘I work at a Maccas. To all those asking if they can add cheese to the burger, they can’t. It is not mentioned in the app. It’s not on the vending machines or kiosks in the store,” the employee replied.
One foodie shared his own cheeseburger trick: “I picked up a few of these burgers on my way home and slathered a slice of Woolies smokey cheese slices on each one. Good job.’