And they say there's no such thing as a free lunch!
A group of Australian friends uploaded a video of themselves getting just that, though: They figured out how to trick a McDonald's self-service machine into giving them a free burger.
A video the friends uploaded to YouTube shows that they selected the $1 hamburger option from the menu and asked for 10 of them.
"We'll have ten of these and we'll customize them so we don't want a regular beef patty so that takes $1.10 off our order, off our dollar hamburger," said a voice behind the camera.
The group then added one regular hamburger to the order.
"10 pattyless burgers, one regular hamburger, oh we get our discounts, that's pretty good," the voice says.
Removing the the hamburger patty from each sandwich discounts $1.10 from each burger. Because the hamburgers themselves only cost $1, this gives them a 10 cents credit for each burger. Do this 10 times, and they get a $1 credit on their order.
The group's cameraman selects a $1 hamburger with the patty and adds that to his cart, a move that leaves him with one free burger.
The group shows off their bounty at the end of the video.
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A genius move? Or too much work? It's certainly gotten people intrigued, that's for sure.
Ninja coulda ate free McDonald’s forever BUT he HADDDDDD to go viral. Sometimes you just gotta stfu and take the wi… https://t.co/6dzXv6Wl2K— MaliQue (@MaliQue)1554781342.0
fallout: hacking skill https://t.co/kaay9Jrtd0— EL (@EL)1554781533.0
Now THAT'S McValue! Friends score a free McDonald's burger by tricking the self-serve computer using a little-known… https://t.co/5OIu85vO7N— The Glove (@The Glove)1554715086.0
Others were just bummed that this only works in Australia.
@TheSun I'll just buy a ticket to Australia so I can get a free burger then, you tw@s— Lillybeck Rachel (@Lillybeck Rachel)1554781843.0
Still others felt that McDonald's should pay them for the free QA they had just provided.
@mashable In the same way security experts should be consulted when they discover flaws, McD's should reward these… https://t.co/kBOYQ2Gu5s— Ruby and Riesling (@Ruby and Riesling)1554733989.0
Two legends https://t.co/Ys86xdCFIx— Victor Muisyo (@Victor Muisyo)1554731670.0
Sounds about right.
They're lovin' it.
So THAT's what it was all about.
The future is now.