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A glamorous American living in Australia has lifted the lid on the major differences in McDonald’s between her home country and Down Under.
Annika Swanson immediately noticed several surprising differences to the menu when she visited the fast food restaurant with a group of friends.
She revealed prices were more expensive, portion sizes were smaller and there was a time limit on when certain items could be purchased throughout the day.  
A glamorous American living in Australia has lifted the lid on the major differences in McDonald’s between her home country and Down Under
‘We’re at Australian McDonald’s. I cannot get over the McChicken is $7.35. It’s way cheaper in America,’ she said in a TikTok video.
‘You also can’t get McChickens after certain times. Oh brother.’
Ms Swanson directed the camera to the potato scallops option on the menu.
‘That is something we don’t have in America,’ she said. ‘The same with all of this.’
She showed an entire page of the menu dedicate to toasties with ham and cheese and cheese and tomato among the selection.
Macaroons and sparkling water were also among the items that were not offered at McDonald’s in the United States.
Annika Swanson immediately noticed several surprising differences to the menu when she visited the fast food restaurant with a group of friends
‘They also have three piece McNuggets, which they don’t have in America, which is what I’m getting,’ Ms Swanson said.
Her friend passed down her verdict on the chicken nuggets describing them as ‘teensy’ and rating it a 7.5 out of 10.
‘Good flavour, too small,’ she said.
Another friend pointed out they were given a small tub of sauce along with their meal, which isn’t offered in the United States.
A third friend added the amount of sauce ‘seems illegal’. 
Australians are calling out McDonald’s for almost doubling the price of popular food items as the fast food chain battles with the soaring costs of ingredients as inflation continues to bite.
One Aussie went as far to say the new prices were a ‘joke’ in a Reddit thread where users shared what ‘subtle signs’ of a recession they had been noticing.
A comparison of the price of items in 2019 and those in 2022 has revealed that even a soft serve cone now costs fast food lovers more.

A Big Mac (pictured) cost $5.65 in 2019 and now costs $6.90. To get the burger in a large meal cost $10.55 three years ago and now costs $12.70
 
When ordering at the restaurant or via the MyMaccas app, a Big Mac cost $5.75 in 2019 and now costs $6.90. To get the burger in a large meal cost $10.55 three years ago and now costs up to $12.70.
The humble Filet-O-Fish which used to cost up to $5 now costs $5.80. 
In 2019, a box of 20 McNuggets cost up to $12.40 and are now priced at $13.30.
Meanwhile, a chicken snack wrap has increased in price from $2.50 to $4.15. 
Even a soft serve cone, which cost 60c in 2019, now costs 80c. 
Meanwhile for drinks, a large Coke cost $3.35 in 2019 and now costs $4.55.
In 2019, a box of 20 McNuggets cost up to $12.40 and are now priced at $13.30. Meanwhile, a chicken snack wrap has increased in price from $2.50 to $4.15. 
Even a soft serve cone (left) which cost 60c in 2019 now costs 80c while McNuggets (right) have also increased in price
The price of menu items vary slightly across stores as franchisees are in some cases responsible for setting and adjusting the prices. 
In a statement, McDonald’s told Daily Mail Australia: ‘As individual businesses, McDonald’s prices are set at a restaurant level. 
‘Like all businesses, we review menu prices from time to time and consider several factors, including the higher-cost environment we are operating in.
‘While this may result in slight changes, Macca’s is committed to delivering great value for our Aussie customers.’
Richard Hill, the licensee of seven WA McDonalds outlets in Perth, said the price increase came down to rising inflation and production costs. 
‘This is the toughest environment I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in the business for 40 years,’ he told PerthNow in July. 
‘We’re paying double for a piece of equipment that we might’ve paid for two years ago because the cost of shipping around the world has dramatically changed.’
Last month, a McDonald’s customer took to social media to complain the size of menu items like a McChicken and Filet-O-Fish were shrinking. 
‘Have Mc Donald Filet-O-Fish always been this small? I don’t remember it being mini, kid-size like this?!’ one shopper wrote on Facebook. 
One patron took to Facebook to complain about the noticeable size difference between a Filet-O-Fish compared to the eatery’s McChicken and a beef burger 
Foodies in the comments were quick to agree with the unsatisfied customer as another agreed the burgers are now ‘super small’.
‘We had Big Macs last week. Not only have the buns shrunk but the meat patties were so thin we could see literally through them. Was as if they had sliced them in half,’ one member said.
McDonald’s denies the customer’s claims as a spokesperson said ‘there have been no changes’ to the outlet’s burgers
‘Just like the Quarter Pounder, got its name as it was a quarter pound of beef, it’s barely that now,’ another replied.
‘Inflated price…deflated goods,’ a third added.
A spokesperson said ‘there have been no changes to the size of the burgers’.
‘We are committed to offering our customers great quality, great value burgers featuring 100 per cent RSPCA approved chicken and 100 per cent Aussie beef.’
 

A former McDonald’s crew trainer has lifted the lid on some of the fast food giant’s best-kept secrets.
The Sydney man, who asked to remain anonymous, worked at McDonald’s for close to a decade while at school and university.
Six years later, the 26-year-old has shared the ordering tips every customer should know – including how to make sure your burger is fresh and chips are hot.
FRESH BURGERS
While McDonald’s boasts about making burgers ‘fresh to order’ – what they don’t let customers know is that the meat is pre-cooked and kept in a heated cabinet.
Workers are supposed to throw away meat after its timer goes off.
Customers who request their meat is made without salt and pepper are guaranteed a fresh burger, as kitchen staff will have to lay a new run of beef down on the grill.
If you’re after a fresh burger, ask for your meat to come without salt and pepper
 FRESH FRIES
Like burger patties, fries can often be left to go cold if workers aren’t keeping track of how long each batch has been sitting there. 
If you order your fries without salt, you are guaranteed hot and crispy chips.
Simply ask for some salt on the side – a free condiment at McDonald’s – and add it to your fresh fries (but be warned, you’ll infuriate the staff).
To guarantee fresh fries, ask for no salt. You’ll have to wait three and a half minutes while staff put a new batch into the deep fryer 
ALLERGIES = FRESH FOOD
While staff are meant to change their gloves regularly, keep the burger-assembling bench clean and waste old meat – things can get out of hand during peak-hour.
If you’re wanting an immaculate burger made properly – I suggest saying you’re allergic to an ingredient or gluten free.
Kitchen staff take allergy requests very seriously – there’s a huge liability if a customer gets sick – so they will wear clean gloves, wipe down the bench and take extra precaution with your order.
Meat, fish, chicken and bacon are all placed in trays that are kept in heating cabinets (pictured above) with timers. Once those timers run out staff are told to waste the product 
If you feel strange making the requests to an employee, the process of removing seasoning from your burger and fries is very simple on the self-serve machine. Simply click ‘customise item’ on the screen and follow the prompts
NO ICE = FREE SOFT DRINK
An old trick but a classic, if you’re extra thirsty but don’t have enough money to upsize your coke – ask for a soft drink with no ice.
Staff are trained to fill close to a third of the cup with ice in a bid to save money on soft drink.
But be warned, a ‘no-ice’ soft drink isn’t for everyone – it won’t be as cold as you’re used to and will be missing that refreshing icy kick.
NEVER ORDER A FILET-O-FISH LATE AT NIGHT
The Filet-o-Fish is an acquired taste, and as such the demand for it is significantly lower than other burgers like the Big Mac or Quarter Pounder.
As a result, the fish portion can often be left sitting in a heated shelf for hours – despite policy clearly stating it should be removed after its timer runs out. 
If your heart is set on a late-night Filet-o-Fish, I suggest politely asking the manager if you can have a fresh burger. 
How to get free Coke: Order a soft drink with ‘no ice’ – staff are trained to fill cups close to a third full with ice
PICKLES, TOMATO SAUCE, WATER, SALT AND PEPPER ARE FREE
Customers are technically entitled to order pickles, tomato sauce and salt and pepper for free – among other things.  
Try your luck ordering a bulk amount of any of the above – I’ve seen a customer walk out with an entire bag of pickles for free.
Treating McDonald’s employees (stock image) with respect and kindness goes a long way
BE POLITE
If you want quality customer service and fresh food, you’d be surprised how big of a difference it makes treating the staff decently.
Employees working at the counter will almost always go out of their way to ensure customers get fresh burgers if they’re asked nicely.
Conversely, customers who treat staff like they are their slaves will more than likely end up with that old Cheeseburger or flat soft drink.  
 By Dan Peters for Daily Mail Australia
Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd
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