Food Theory: McDonalds WANTS It Broken! The Secret of McDonalds Ice Cream

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Have you ever gone to McDonalds dreaming of some cold, satisfying ice cream only to find the machine is BROKEN? Theorists, I sense something is afoot here. Today, I'm getting my metaphorical hands dirty and wading into the melty mess to find out if something shady is going on. I don't think anyone is prepared for what we are going to find...

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8Spikey 4 ヶ月 前
I remember when my son and I walked into a McDonald's and they said that only the ice cream machine was working. We looked at each other and wondered if we were in an alternate dimension.
David James Magtibay
Ice cream machines are only broken in America, or at least ice cream machines are never broken in our country
62 Main Street Newark NJ
@KnightSeeker tf are your standards
Hitoshi Shinsou
Hitoshi Shinsou 21 日 前
@koko6504 idk. I wish I was in that universe though ✨😃🔪😂
R. A Y
R. A Y 23 日 前
@Matthew Young shazaam😉
8Spikey ヶ月 前
@NATURE FEATURES Why submit at all? Wouldn't you prefer to be free?
Frizzy KiKi
Frizzy KiKi ヶ月 前
The McDonald's I worked at would have the machine do a heat clean once a week in the morning. For some reason we were told to tell people the machine was broken even though it was just stuff off for cleaning. I have no idea why because I'm sure I would have been yelled at less if I could have just said it was being cleaned 🤦‍♀️ the real conspiracy is that McDonald's just hates their staff
Nathaniel Weller
@Godless Death I guess it probably depends on what the owners say but the ones who own the stores I have worked for say once a week. I've cleaned a decent amount of the parts for the machine before I just haven't ever actually seen anyone disassemble or reassemble said parts so that's really the part I don't know.
Godless Death
Godless Death 6 日 前
@Nathaniel Weller Depends on the store. I'm the one who cleans the machines at my store and its once every 2 weeks. It's not hard to clean them but takes a couple hours.
Nathaniel Weller
@Godless Death the machine should enter heat mode every night on it's own and it's supposed to be taken apart and cleaned once a week i'm trying to learn how to clean one myself so I know how to do it.
Frizzy KiKi
Frizzy KiKi 9 日 前
@Godless Death you are right. It was the full clean I meant. We did it once a week and heat clean every night. I confused them I wasn't the maintenance person I was just there every morning it was being done.
Godless Death
Godless Death 9 日 前
once a week!? it should be doing a heat clean once a day and being fully taken apart and cleaned every 2 weeks
Kitkat Bug1
Kitkat Bug1 ヶ月 前
being a McDonald's employee my particular store, run by people who own 15 stores, are actually suing the company who provides the machine because of people thinking stuff like "it's broken on purpose", we don't want it to be. why would we want customers to cus us out and yell at us? the providers are milking us for money and having us take the brunt of the public's displeasure
Nathaniel Weller
Nathaniel Weller 27 日 前
@Jonkea The Gamer yes but keep in mind the company and more accurately the franchisees have to pay money each time they call a mechanic out to LOOK at the ice cream machine and more to fix it when it is broken.
Jonkea The Gamer
Jonkea The Gamer 28 日 前
The title is referring to the company, not the employees
Liam Najor
Liam Najor ヶ月 前
I mean...it is...Tyler made a flawed machine with the full intent of generating a repair racket.
BlakFoxxMuzik 3 ヶ月 前
As a current employee, I can say that it's not ALWAYS broken. Sometimes the machine overheats and a mechanic has to come out, but it's not as bad as we tend to make it. And *trust me*, we want it to work as much as you do (because we can have free ice cream and other food)
garry howes
garry howes 6 日 前
As a current employee I agree. Last time I tried to use the icecream machine I didn't notice it was doing the automatic heat clean thing and ended up with icecream as hot as oil (no exaggeration) all over my hand. Now I have the story of how I burnt myself with icecream.
Nathaniel Weller
Nathaniel Weller 27 日 前
I feel that pain I've been an employee at McDonalds for 3 years the amount of times I hear someone ask me if the machine is up on a daily basis is more than a little annoying especially since 9/10 times it isn't broken. You heard me right folks most of the time the ice cream machine isn't broken. My first store whenever it was broken it would take 2-3 weeks for the mechanic to come out to fix it. Our owners aren't happy about that but not just because it's that restaurant specifically but all the ones they own. I also feel the whole we want the ice cream machine to work just as much as the customers thing because i love me some milkshakes, but I think a lot of people don't realize that the ice cream machine uses the same stuff that cars use to keep it cold and just like cars when the machine uses too much of it; it runs out. As MatPat said in his video there are certain things that can only be done by the company that produces our machines because believe it or not plenty of ice cream machines McDonalds uses they don't actually own. That plays into the whole having to call a mechanic out to fix it and it taking 2-3 weeks for the mechanic to actually come out thing. There are also times where the machine has to be taken offline for cleaning and that can take several hours otherwise if we didn't do it our shakes, flurries, cones, and sundaes would be just like Sonic's blasts. Granted there are times and restaurants that will take their machines down on purpose just so they don't have to sell ice cream, but not a whole lot of stores do that and it's usually only during the last few hours of that store's operation. Otherwise if we say the ice cream machine is down it's because it is ACTUALLY down for one reason or another. Whether or not it's done on purpose it's a different topic entirely that's open for debate but if it is done on purpose it isn't McDonalds doing but Taylor's.
BlakFoxxMuzik ヶ月 前
@Haidyn I can answer any question you like to the best of my ability in regards to McDonald's
BlakFoxxMuzik ヶ月 前
@Haidyn I did lol. I'm literally telling you the truth. I don't care about whatever contract. I would argue with my boss because I wanted the machine fixed before the Oreo shamrock McFlurry so I could try it out
Haidyn ヶ月 前
@BlakFoxxMuzik must be a pretty in depth contract to have you not say anything about it 🤔
Zellec 3 ヶ月 前
Imagine going to McDonalds and when the dude says the ice cream machine is broken saying “yeah, I know why!” And explaining this whole video.
Esha G
Esha G 19 日 前
I promise if you do that to me at the maccies I work at, I’ll love you for it lol, I adore food theory and the other channels Matpat is a part of
Justaspy ヶ月 前
The fact this is even a video in the first place goes to show how many people never got their icecream
Mirit Skeen
Mirit Skeen 4 ヶ月 前
Im usually a bigger fan of GT and FT but these real-world theories are quickly becoming some of my favs, Love learning abt things I can use in my real life and sound smart using!
Dao_of_potato 4 ヶ月 前
I mean, as long as you don't like NFTs...
JellyBeanGamer 4 ヶ月 前
What do you mean? Can you not use the knowledge of a fictional character in a game franchise trapped in a pizzaplex with similar features as a kid who died years ago being a robot or fazgoo clone in your life? Psshhh, that’s a bunch of crap.
Fiona Pang
Fiona Pang 4 ヶ月 前
I used to like them more than they become more lore stuff 😅 So noe food theory is my favourite as well as THE SCIENCE behind. Its mt source of fun learning lol
Jitesh Ramakrishnan
Jitesh Ramakrishnan 4 ヶ月 前
We have two FTs tho
Kaitlyn :3
Kaitlyn :3 ヶ月 前
I asked someone who works at McDonald’s why the ice cream machine never works, and he said that if the machine is just very very slightly dirty it’ll shut itself off until it’s perfectly clean. So they have to tell customers a lot that the ice cream machine is down again so they can clean it for the 100th time that day
Antoni Antek
Antoni Antek 3 ヶ月 前
im suprised there are still theories about food, keep going! lets see how much theories about food can be created! i belive in you mat!
NS777 28 日 前
As a Canadian, I can say that I’ve never once seen a broken McDonald’s ice cream machine.
Kookeh 3 ヶ月 前
I love when they say "I'm sorry the ice cream machine is broken/down/under going maintenance/ect" and not even 5 minutes later a friend of theirs or an employee will walk out with a cone, mc flurry, or a sundae like "broke? ha! nah we just don't want to clean it"
Siobhan-Rae Kewley
would you for less than a living wage?
Synne Bergan
Synne Bergan 4 ヶ月 前
i live in norway and i've honestly never encountered a "broken" ice cream machine at mcdonalds, the closest i've gotten is once at burger king
bog ヶ月 前
same in canada
Theo ヶ月 前
same happened to me here in turkey
Georgie ヶ月 前
In australia i’ve never had a broken ice cream machine but i’ve seen a lot of broken frozen coke machines in my time
bacon boy
bacon boy 2 ヶ月 前
Same for germany
Hello Goodbye
Hello Goodbye 2 ヶ月 前
I think it’s just a us problem lol
Robert Nap Jr.
Robert Nap Jr. 3 ヶ月 前
I always hear people complaining about McDonalds ice cream machines breaking, but I have only been told it was broken once
Godless Death
Godless Death 9 日 前
I work at McDonalds and most of the time when the machine is "broken" its actually not. It's just easier to tell people that than explain what's really happening. The machine has a hopper which freezes the ice cream and it only holds about 10 ice creams worth. The reason it "breaks" is when a lot of ice cream gets ordered. The machine is filled with liquid at the top which needs time to freeze once it enters the hopper. It only takes about 5 mins to freeze more. So if you ever get told its not working ask if it will be running again soon and they will likely tell you yes then you can just wait 5 mins and try ordering again.
SuperRelic 64
SuperRelic 64 3 ヶ月 前
As someone who worked at McDonald's for a few months, the first question I always asked the manager before I even clocked in was if the machine was working. I'd say the one I worked at had it working about 45% of the time from the months of June to late November. Glad someone explained better why that's the case.
Denzel Delaney
Denzel Delaney 2 ヶ月 前
I remember one hot summer years ago, I went to get a simple cone and the guy said it was broken so I settled for a Sprite, then a mother with her 2 toddlers asked for the same thing RIGHT AFTER me and they got theirs no problem, including the mother. Needless to say I was a bit salty about it
Louis Rossmann
Louis Rossmann 4 ヶ月 前
What's most interesting to me is how this slowly creeped in. 50 years ago we were a culture that took such pride in repairing what we owned, having the freedom to repair what we own, extending the natural life of our own property. It's not like someone flipped a switch and then magically, everything from cameras to medical equipment to agricultural devices and consumer electronics were all unfixable. It was a slow creep over time to the point that most people didn't even notice until past decade. Thank you for going over this that more people have an idea what is happening, so that hopefully we can reverse it together!
Westrim 4 日 前
That's recency bias. The struggle for right to repair has been going on about as long as civilization. There's documentation about guilds in Roman times insisting that only they be allowed to repair the things they built. There are contracts from the water wheel driven looms days that forbade anyone but the manufacturer from servicing parts of it (and then records of the resultant injuries/fatalities when owners both refused to ignore the contract or shut down a dangerously compromised loom). This has been going on forever. Parts are just more complicated now, and there are more of them.
Robert Coffey
Robert Coffey ヶ月 前
It is always, always about the creeping expansion of corporate greed. With the introduction of electronics into every facet of our lives, corporations have been given free reign to lock everything down in ways that the consumer isn't readily able to circumvent on their own. So it's definitely a "because they can" and "because money" situation.
Joey Cameron
Joey Cameron 3 ヶ月 前
And this applies to the McD's ice cream machines as well. When I worked for the clown in the mid 90's, we took those machines apart every night to clean them and inspect the inner parts and had calendars for when we would replace the scrapers and always had bags and bags of the o-rings to replace whenever needed. And at that time the ice cream and shake machines were 2 separate machines. And if for some reason they weren't working, the first step was for an employee that knows how to tear the machine down to do exactly that to try to diagnose the problem. Usually just an assembly error. During my second tour with the Clown in the mid 00's was when I learned of the new Taylor machines. And while ours were not down very often, I was surprised that when it did go down, the manager said we HAVE to call Taylor and that we were not allowed to take it apart. Even though, underneath it is basically the same machine, just now computerized.
Sameenoobgaming 3 ヶ月 前
@ArtistAnthony thanks mr obvious
ArtistAnthony 3 ヶ月 前
@Sameenoobgaming It's a bot, not a real person.
Cass ヶ月 前
Wow! This is such an interesting video. Had no idea about any of this but it makes so much sense. I officially cannot go to a McDonald's now without thinking about this channel thanks to you and your amazing team!
Father Freddie
Father Freddie 2 ヶ月 前
The Food Theorists make documentaries on random topics so interesting. Appreciate the hard work 🤔 ❤️
Licinius Varrus
Licinius Varrus ヶ月 前
In the couple of years I worked at a McD's in the US, I quickly realized that the unreliable ice cream machine is a sham.
Fat Cat Sports
Fat Cat Sports ヶ月 前
Food Theory: Does a drink taste different depending on what you drink it from (plastic glass metal etc)
Csala Bálint
Csala Bálint 4 ヶ月 前
When I was working at mcdonalds, I once had the question of "Why am I even working here for slightly over minimum wage, when they could easily create a machine that pumps out burgers flawlessly without ever dropping one", then the next second when one of the cashiers told a guest that the ice cream machine is broken, I came to the sudden realization that "Oh yeah, it'd just be broken all the timr"
keeganshigh 20 日 前
A pompous McDonald's worker?
Champion of the Dark Soul
@WackoMcGoose a kids show is not a good example of automation.
Jakub Toman
Jakub Toman 2 ヶ月 前
@Csala Bálint I can't find it too. All I found is fryer automation from 2019 and "vending machine" from 2016. I have my info from people who work for McD on a regional scale.
Csala Bálint
Csala Bálint 2 ヶ月 前
@Jakub Toman Source? I searched for it, but only found automated drive thrus and kiosks
Jakub Toman
Jakub Toman 2 ヶ月 前
I'm sorry to inform you fully automated McDonald's is a thing now and it works flawlessly. Ok, not fully automated. One person is still needed for fetching the trays.
ShinobiSora 2 ヶ月 前
I always hear about the ice cream machines being broken, but I've never experienced it. I also rarely get ice cream at McDonalds so that's probably why. And if I do it's in the middle of the day. I think I remember Sonic's ice cream machine being broken once. I think it was also late and it was once.
Dez H
Dez H 10 日 前
I always thought they were just lying. I wanted a frappe from McDonalds one day, but the person in the drive-thru said the machine wasn't working. So I went home, and ordered one on Uber Eats a few minutes later, and had my frappe no problem. Though it is way too expensive.
Jasper 3 ヶ月 前
When I worked at mcdonalds in high school, our ice cream machine was almost never down, then again my store didn't have this specific ice cream machine
Charlie 2 ヶ月 前
I heard from my friend who works at McDonald's that making certain ice creams was too difficult so all the workers decided to say the ice cream machine was broken lol.
Just Some Guy without a Mustache
I always thought McDonald’s always has their ice cream machine broken, because it was never working in the first place.
ArtistAnthony 3 ヶ月 前
@xXSlayerOfSoupXx That happens alot, not just here on YT.
Miles Prower
Miles Prower 4 ヶ月 前
The workers don't want to clean them
Amy Tattersfield
Amy Tattersfield 4 ヶ月 前
I Never Had A Problem With The Ice Cream I'm Not Happy Some People Have Had A Problem.
MarcosQ24 3 ヶ月 前
One of your best, most important food theories. Great work!
Arthur Fleck
Arthur Fleck 2 ヶ月 前
I've heard this before but pat will always be the master explainer
supersmex 3 ヶ月 前
I don't even eat McDonald's (unless I've broken my sobriety and crave Garbage) but these are always fascinating
CopperK-9 ヶ月 前
A friend of mine used to work at a McDonald's and they always said that the machine cleans itself and they can't stop the cleaning cycle. So they always say it's "broken" because that's easier to say than "it's cleaning itself and we can't turn it off or stop it."
Yoshilover 4 ヶ月 前
New Food Theory: How many breadsticks can you order from Olive Garden before they run out?
Ro L
Ro L 5 日 前
@Katie Taylor the question was how many can one person or even one party order before running out , considering we don’t take parties much larger than 40 ppl on RARE pre planned occasion even if 40 ppl all ate 10 bread sticks , that’s only 400 sticks and we have way more then that , we tray up about 20 sticks a tray and can cook 5 trays at one time. So 100 can be made in the span of about 5 minutes. Trust me we have a very deep supply of breadsticks that are enough to last an entire week. It’s not really too possible to tap the supply of an entire olive gardens bread sticks.
Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor 5 日 前
that varies between restaurants due to how much space they have and how many customers they've had in a given period. but I worked at a fazolis (fast food pasta, we also had breadsticks) next to an olive garden that did run out of breadsticks once. they came over and bought a ton of breadsticks from us to tide them over for their dinner rush.
hassunkhan 24 日 前
they actually have a portal to the breadstick dimension. they harvest the breadsticks off the vines everytime you order so you constantly get something fresh ❤️
Ro L
Ro L ヶ月 前
Bro there’s a job called bread in the schedule someone sits there all day preparing bread. One single person can’t eat more then 20 breadsticks at the most and each batch is around 100 so we wouldn’t easily run out of bread unless you had many many large reserved 30 person parties who each ate 10-15 sticks , I just had 2 26 people parties last night and they didn’t even dent a single batch
Ro L
Ro L 3 ヶ月 前
@MrKINSM you’re missing the point and telling me something I obviously know. Even the hungriest man or table of men couldn’t deny our supply we have boxes and boxes of yes premade breadsticks by the 1000s
Baris Korkmaz
Baris Korkmaz ヶ月 前
I've seen a lot of videos about the ice cream machines being broken in McDonald's. But, in the Netherlands it's actually never broken. I can always get ice cream 😂
Sined Dd Mk
Sined Dd Mk 3 ヶ月 前
This is a very very good video. I want to say it is the best you made, but I havent seen it all yet. It is just super interesting and informative
derchesten 3 ヶ月 前
The only time I've ever encountered a broken ice cream machine was in a local roasted chicken joint. McDonald's I've cream machines were the most reliable thing I've encountered in my life
Lord Of Chaos Inc.
I'm watching from Germany and there was definitely a period when they were all broken that is more than 14% in the range of actually remarkable. That was many years before the discussion came up in the US though and IDK how they stand today. There might also be a difference if you're on a large airport or at the countryside.
Carter Thiel
Carter Thiel 4 ヶ月 前
Its awesome to see Right To Repair becoming a mainstream issue. The fact that people are actually against it is mind boggling
Carter Thiel
Carter Thiel 3 ヶ月 前
@ArtistAnthony there is actually a really great explainer that Linus Tech Tips did yesterday where a single person with minimal previous knowledge created a script that wipes bots from comment sections. YT could do something if they really cared, it wouldnt be perfect, but it would be much better than it is currently
Carter Thiel
Carter Thiel 4 ヶ月 前
@Grabble please dont make this issue partisan, because its not. Right To Repair laws have been facing issues from both sides for the better part of a decade.
Carter Thiel
Carter Thiel 4 ヶ月 前
@Roland Swift really? how does RTR eliminate jobs? the only difference is that it encourages local family owned business, which puts pressure on the corporate repair monopoly. If you can explain the logic behind job loss that would be appreciated. its also fact at this point that as long as you take a look at reviews, the local repair place will out perform 1st party, unless its because of the artificial lack of parts which RTR is solving
Roland Swift
Roland Swift 4 ヶ月 前
what it comes down to is 1) it will eliminate job opportunities leading to an increase in unemployment amongst people with little to no other marketable skills 2) it can cause issues with accountability where they can't sue larger corporations with deeper pockets when they crash after they or a smaller mechanic forgets to rotate the tires or things like that
unlegndary 17 日 前
You know, the ice cream machines actually work where I live, I always wondered why people said they were broken all the time, literally any McDonald's I go to has a working ice cream machine, I live in the USA too so does that have to do with anything?
THGAwesome 3 ヶ月 前
2:11 McDonald's in India has no beef as its illegal, they instead has the Mac maharaja
justin craig
justin craig ヶ月 前
This is so interesting , bravo matpat! 👍
N56 3 ヶ月 前
Johhny Harris made a incredible video on this and I definitely recommend it
Ian Studios
Ian Studios 4 ヶ月 前
True story: I used to work at a McDonald's and almost *everything* broke except the ice cream machine,the only time it "broke" was when one poor soul put milk in the machine instead of the ice cream mix It took a few hours to clean it out but after that it was fine
Avalon Page
Avalon Page 4 ヶ月 前
do you live in my down, lol
Uprising 4 ヶ月 前
one of my co-workers does that on purpose sometimes when it’s overwhelmingly busy. i’m surprised he hasn’t gotten fired yet
Matthew Wilkins
Matthew Wilkins 4 ヶ月 前
Same! Here in Australia it's exactly the same. We had our own maintenance guy fix the machine
BabyteaddS 3 ヶ月 前
To be honest I’ve never had someone tell me the ice cream machine was broken
Seth Ali
Seth Ali 3 ヶ月 前
My work also uses the C602. Funnily enough, it's actually the shake side of the machine that currently isn't working. One of the staff members dropped and broke a part while cleaning it, and so now we have to wait for a part to be shipped from America. I live in Australia. It takes a while for stuff to arrive over here 😅
Satsujin-Sha The witch KingofWolfs.
There's one MacDonalds where I live in England (that I know of, obviously there could be more in town that I haven't seen) and it's ice cream machine is basically always working. Knock on wood
Darth Vader
Darth Vader 3 ヶ月 前
I live in India and I've honestly never encountered a 'broken' McDonald's ice cream machine near my locality I guess Mcdonalds uses a different ice cream machine here in India
ur boi uncle JOE
ur boi uncle JOE 4 ヶ月 前
I’ve worked at a McDonalds for about 7 months now and I can confirm that it’s usually just because new mix got put in the machine and it’s still just ice cream soup. I’ve seen people try to serve the super liquidy stuff in shakes and people get pretty mad about it. It’s just easier to explain that it’s broken rather than not ready yet.
Thaias 4 ヶ月 前
I feel like I read this before...
STschannel T
STschannel T 4 ヶ月 前
@Some Random Name mc milk shake brings all the boys to the yard 😉
on space
on space ヶ月 前
There was a time when my uncle and I went to McDonalds to get some ice cream but they said there was no ice cream. So we just ordered meals. But when we went up to pay we saw a woman getting her food. But one of the food was ICE CREAM
Rori Macias
Rori Macias 5 日 前
I had a friend who got hired at a McDonald's in the last half of our senior year of high school. She quit after a month but told our friend group after her second shift that they were telling people the machine was broken just so they didn't have to clean it. She advised never ordering ice cream because even when it "wasn't broken" it wasn't cleaned.
Jamella 5 日 前
I work at McDonald’s and I must say the machine is never broken, it’s just doing it’s daily cleaning process. But for some reason we are told by managers to tell customers that it is broken instead of saying that it’s being cleaned. I mean, I’m sure customers would be more understanding if we jus told them the machine was being cleaned😫🤣
Leena A.
Leena A. 2 ヶ月 前
I thought this would be a fun light-hearted video and now I'm in the middle of corporate tea. I love it.
Emma Castle
Emma Castle 4 ヶ月 前
Most of the time ours is “broken” it’s in heat mode and the customers understand “broken” better than it being in heat mode.
Jacob Shrum
Jacob Shrum 4 ヶ月 前
Gotta love customers. I work grocery, and I just put in the code that rounds up to the next dollar before the customer notices because we are in a coin shortage atm, and too many of them complain if I tell them I don't have any coins but the money will be taken off of their next order when they put in their customer ID. They waste my time by asking for a manager expecting to get something we can't give to them which only exacerbates the line and makes more irritable customers as a result.
Majin Ally
Majin Ally 4 ヶ月 前
@pete lee bc they still don’t get it
Majin Ally
Majin Ally 4 ヶ月 前
@Jojo Joe is this a joke?
James Michael
James Michael 4 ヶ月 前
@Deadly Cupid I don’t believe everything he says you know, I’m not some blind puppet, I like these videos because they teach you to look at things in a different way and consider different prices of evidence that normally get left by the wayside. These theories are fun, entertaining, and you shouldn’t need much more of a reason to decide to watch them. If you are here in the comments then either you fell for the clickbait or you like Matt’s stuff.
Landon The DM
Landon The DM ヶ月 前
Across the places in the US and Canada I've got McDonald's ice cream from in 30 years, the ice cream machine has never once been "broken". It has occasionally "just been cleaned and shut off" in the late evening but never broken
Roku_shiv ヶ月 前
Here in India, I've worked in few outlets In Delhi and Jaipur where Ice cream sections were built in a separate section and none of the machine had Taylor branding on them. we're using local suppliers. Never had any breakdown, even during peak hours.
bob7872 3 ヶ月 前
Interesting. TEAC does the same thing. I got a disc duplicator from Heartland America years ago. Bargain, right? Yeah, until I had to replace one of the drives. They force you to send it to them to repair because the machine requires parts that are only compatible with their products. I ended up not getting it repaired, because it wasn't worth it. Later I got a Microboards brand one, and now if a drive goes bad, I can buy a generic one and replace it myself. BTW I haven't eaten at McDonald's in years, and I don't remember the last time I had their ice cream.
der sebbl
der sebbl 2 ヶ月 前
I doubt McDonalds tastes the same everywhere. They surely adapt to fit local tastes. (for example not being overly sweet when outside the US)
M'lady 4 ヶ月 前
Right to repair is really, really important, especially when big companies like Apple are notoriously bad at fixing their own products, but your local small repair shop downtown which is a jack-of-all-trades can not only do it faster and cheaper more often than not, they may also treat you less like an idiot and more like an actual human being.
anonemusly 3 ヶ月 前
LOL all I hear is this right to repair BS. the machines McD uses cannot be repaired by just anyone, your average McD employee cannot "fix" it outside of the normal cleaning procedures the machine needs daily and bi-weekly. There is alot of tech in these machines that can fail, from something as simple as a sensor to something more elaborate like replacing a compressor. same with anything that needs repair you need someone who is trained to do that work. you wouldnt have your out of work bum neighbor who is a self proclaimed handy man come over and put a new roof on your house. you wouldnt fix your own refrigerator or air conditioner. so dont expect any McD employee to "REPAIR" these machines outside of the basic cleaning procedures it needs for daily operations. its not just the ice cream machines either. all the equipment needs repair sooner or later. thats why the company who makes it provides technicians because they have the knowledge on how and what to repair. same reason you take your car to a mechanic to get it fixed, because thats what they were trained for. bottom line is: right to repair is useless if you have no idea HOW to repair it. this only applies to you people who want someone other than apple to fix your precious iphone that you broke. if it wasnt for that, none of this right to repair nonsense would be an issue these days.
Jacob Shrum
Jacob Shrum 4 ヶ月 前
@Shiny Delcatty Wouldn't stuff like that be illegal under right to repair? That still makes it so that only the provider can fix the device.
Rae Rohan
Rae Rohan 4 ヶ月 前
@J M Yeah, I know the video. Both iPhones were purchased brand-new from an Apple store, so there was no chance of them already being broken or being fake copies. He confirmed both phones were functional before swapping parts. Then he swapped parts from phone A to phone B and it bugged out. Switched the parts again and the phone suddenly went back to being fully functional
J M 4 ヶ月 前
@Jannik Heidemann unfortunately, this is a real thing, it even can happen if you swap parts from the same type of phone There is a video on JPvid of someone taking two of the same phone, opening them up and swapping a few pieces and it bugging out saying it didn't recognize anything
Izuku Midoriya
It's not always broken, sometime we just don't have the sundae mix for it, so we just say that it's broken for easiness.
Loo La
Loo La 2 ヶ月 前
I remember years ago the machine would never be broken… good old days…
The Country Chemist
The Country Chemist 3 ヶ月 前
I remember seeing the Johnny Harris video on this. Good stuff. Glad more people are talking about it. Highly recommend his video.
Zachery 3 ヶ月 前
It's pretty crazy that the best tools we seem to use to fight abuse of monopolies is to prevent a monopoly rather than regulate that amount people can charge for a product or service.
Emmett Ilnicki
Emmett Ilnicki 4 ヶ月 前
Once again, Matpat has come through with another reason to not take notice of the Golden Arches as you drive past all the fast food places on your way to your grandparents house. P.S can you do an episode on brain freezes, in the spirit of the ice cream machine and the cold weather
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Roger Szmodis
Roger Szmodis 20 日 前
I must get pretty lucky. I haven’t run into a broken machine when I wanted ice cream in years. Also I worked at McDonald’s for 2 years and I never saw a Taylor tech working on the machine. It was always a local company that sent someone out when it was needed. Different in Canada maybe?
Sir. Grumpy Pawson
Yes, im guessing better regulation or Taylor's unwillingness to operate in that much sparser of a country. They are able to make machines that dont break down every other day.
pheme 3 ヶ月 前
i would like to say i work at mcdonald’s currently out ice cream machine is always working and we don’t usually have trouble with it. so it’s either really broken or the restaurant doesn’t have enough people to be running back and forth making ice cream and do other things as well
David Nitchman
David Nitchman ヶ月 前
Our ice cream machine always works at my McDonald’s. But when I am short staffed and already covering the positions of 3 people I just don’t have the time to make ice cream for every order, so I just tell the customers that it’s down for cleaning.
Ballistic Mallard
Ballistic Mallard 3 ヶ月 前
The McDonald’s where I used to work never had our machine broken, it was the coke machine that kept breaking lol
The Dragon Champion
The Dragon Champion 4 ヶ月 前
As a previous employee of McD's, there is a FEW ways to "fix" some of the errors. When the machine has a heat cycle error all you had to do to fix it is just turn it off and back on after being turned off for 20 seconds. ALSO SCREW THE FUDGE PUMPS! THEY ARE THE WORST
BRE undercover
BRE undercover 3 ヶ月 前
Ashe Douglas
Ashe Douglas 3 ヶ月 前
Omg the fudge pumps are terrible 😭
Steven Kramer
Steven Kramer 3 ヶ月 前
@Timeland I understand there are treatments for that nowadays
Lazy Triux
Lazy Triux 3 ヶ月 前
I also hate the fudge pumps the caramel works the the fudge you have to use your strength to yank it up
Yetunde Adeyemi
Yetunde Adeyemi 3 ヶ月 前
What's a fudge pump
EriTastic 13 日 前
Weird though, since all the McDonald's I have ever been to had working ice machines. I always get a mcsundae with free chopped peanuts
supernova743 15 日 前
When dealing with dairy you really need to keep all the nooks and crannies of the machines clean. Gaps in those seals are food illness lawsuits waiting to happen. However most the the reasons the machines are down is due to minor issues which could be resolved by staff.
Odhrain_h 2 ヶ月 前
I currently work at McDonald’s in the UK and our ice cream machine still works it just over heats very quickly because how much we use it
Shurikenmo o.0
Shurikenmo o.0 3 ヶ月 前
I’ve never seen a broken machine, just machines who run out of milk and had to wait to for it to cool
Marijn Peppelman
Marijn Peppelman 4 ヶ月 前
You're forgetting one important detail on the repair service stuff Mat: McD does not pay Taylor, the franchisee does. Enforcing the use of Ice-cream machines with frequent breakdowns costs McD corporate literally nothing, but brings their partner Taylor more revenue.
vioaDi :D
vioaDi :D 4 ヶ月 前
@Chris Bowe Johny Harris made a video about McD broken ice cream machine. Here is the link: jpvid.net/video/%E3%83%93%E3%83%87%E3%82%AA-SrDEtSlqJC4.html
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R3 Bones 🇵🇭 4 ヶ月 前
@SniperBear 13 ik
Liv ヶ月 前
Just me or the ice cream machine always works 😂
The Nerdy Gamer!!!
The Nerdy Gamer!!! 3 ヶ月 前
I live in Australia and I have never had a broken soft serve icecream machine but the frozen coke machine is always broken
mageius 3 ヶ月 前
you know there is an hour-long video from last year that discusses this topic and breaks down a lot more. So yeah good on you for at least passing along the basic info to people.
nxfelibata baka-kun
Before I even watch the video I can already tell it’s going to be because McDonald’s wants you to come for the soft serve (which isn’t expensive ), but then when the machine is broken you buy something else on the menu that costs more.
Ander _101
Ander _101 4 ヶ月 前
I never understood the joke of “McDonald’s ice cream machines always broken” cause whenever I asked for it I never experienced that so 👀
GwynGwyn _
GwynGwyn _ 4 ヶ月 前
Miriam Vasquez
Miriam Vasquez 4 ヶ月 前
You must be lucky
Devin Nall
Devin Nall 4 ヶ月 前
I mean since it's only between 10-40% of ice cream machines that are ever broken statistically speaking there's a pretty large amount of people that have never experienced that problem
Lane Robertson
Lane Robertson 4 ヶ月 前
Same here. I've always gotten the ice cream I asked for when I've been at McDonald's.
CosmicBrickFilms 4 ヶ月 前
@Jexusli where I live I can never get ice cream from McDonald’s smh
Federico Cresci
Federico Cresci 3 ヶ月 前
the place where I worked had two of these, the machine is complicated for untrained personal, most of the problems are caused by employees. Also, if you cut the power it iniciates the 4hr sterilizing cycle.
Microwave Helicopter
Mcdonalds employee: *walks into mcdonalds* Engineer: Hey the ice cream machine is fixed! Employee: Cool. *aggressive metal pipe noises*
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I’m proud to say that the ice cream machine has only EVER broken ONCE in my nine years that I lived in my city
Flame-Anarchist 3 ヶ月 前
McDo is going to be the staple of Food Theory, it will always come back
TheCreepypro 4 ヶ月 前
the idea that this somehow makes them more money than having an operating machine that is always selling ice cream is crazy to me
Joshua Satterwhite
Joshua Satterwhite 2 ヶ月 前
@CaTastrophy427 McDonald’s OWNS the repair company so it’s at 0 loss to them. Also franchise owners have to pay out of pocket for repairs 💀
Vendetta 3 ヶ月 前
@Isaias C That is sad, small francise owners can't serve kids icecream because because of Wallstreet.
Jon Hunt
Jon Hunt 3 ヶ月 前
@Téyah lovge .80p is $1.38 cad.
Wouldn't they make more?
Z3e 3 ヶ月 前
@CaTastrophy427 comes out of the profit so technically yes but also no. Because we'd make that money back in hours
Josh Erickson
Josh Erickson 3 ヶ月 前
I used to work at a McDonald’s, and 90% of the time of the ice cream machine was “broken” it would be because it was being cleaned and sanitized, not broken, or I just really didn’t want to make someone some ice cream. That’s it.
SprigSlashVital 11 日 前
I love living in Sweden where the ice cream machine is never broken
Rainy City
Rainy City 3 ヶ月 前
I've only ever seen a working ice cream machine at McDonald's 3 times and I've been there so many times.
ÎŽĀNĀGÎ 10 日 前
Never experienced this. Philippines or Middle East, the Ice Cream was a staple. It went good with fries because I could dip mine in ice cream all day and be satisfied with it.
Wubbed 4 ヶ月 前
I still can't believe how successful this channel is, congrats Mat, and everyone else working on this! :)
The Hat Thief
The Hat Thief 3 ヶ月 前
I am a living LEGEND. I have never seen the machine be broken.
SuperMarioAdamYT 21 日 前
The McDonalds I go to, most actually fully functioning perfectly, I literally got ice cream there last month. I guess I'm just the lucky soul.
White Dream 9934
White Dream 9934 23 日 前
Believe me or not. Our ice cream machines are always fixed! I just ate a mcflurry with my burger yesteray after 5 months
lol idk
lol idk ヶ月 前
i work at a very small ice cream shop with the same ice cream machine, i don’t know very much about cleaning it but i do know that all we have to do all day is to refill it with some ice cream mix.
Awesomenesss 4 ヶ月 前
To be honest, I have almost never encountered a McDonald’s without a broken ice cream machine
Alexander Mankhaev
Alexander Mankhaev 4 ヶ月 前
Awesomenesss 4 ヶ月 前
@Dawn well I have 530 people who saw it
Dawn 4 ヶ月 前
@Awesomenesss that is fine, no need to feel guilty over writing a sentence wrong
Awesomenesss 4 ヶ月 前
I feel super guilty, I mistyped. I meant to say with
Angelsfromtheskies 4 ヶ月 前
@Ashe No actually they are not guaranteed in fact as I am writing this 2 of the 3 Mc Donald's in my town have broken Ice cream machines. They do have a lower chance though
DinoGoof Hybrid Hero
The weird thing is every time I went to my McDonalds to get a McFlurry the machine was never broken O-o
M3LiHah 2 ヶ月 前
In Germany all the ice cream machines in a mc Donald’s I have been to, worked so first time hearing about this conspiracy 🤨
Howdy 3 ヶ月 前
The reason they’re always broken is because of 2 reasons. I worked there so I know. 1 it’s actually broken, which actually is not the case most times but our icecream machine did break once, they’re hard to clean. Or 2 it’s being cleaned so it’s out of operation so it’s easier to just say it’s not working or broken so people don’t complain so much
Scottish Gonk
Scottish Gonk ヶ月 前
I just remember my parents saying its because the ice-cream machine was too hard to clean.
Quckeyalt 16 日 前
I went to McDonald’s on Saturday and the ice cream machine was actually working, I knew this because someone received a vanilla cone.
Joca Plays
Joca Plays 6 日 前
Where i live i have only ever seen the ice cream machine broken once, and the second machine was working, so either im lucky or the machine broken is only a US thing
Tesla’s life
Tesla’s life 17 日 前
Fun fact: I have never never in my life have I Sean a broken ice cream machine and my sister works there and she has never said anything about a broken ice cream Machine and if they do say it it is probably bc it is being cleaned or something
Water Girl
Water Girl 2 ヶ月 前
I ordered an icee drink at Mc Donald’s once they said the blender was broken. My dad told me that seems to be going around everywhere. So to see if that’s true asked again next week *still broken* the next week *still broken* Yeah I can 100% guarantee they are lying about these machines being broken
Supergamer204 4 ヶ月 前
As someone who's worked at McDonald's for a few years, I can confirm that the shake machines were designed poorly. The most common reason for a shake machine to go down is the heat cycle failing. At the end of the cycle, the machine checks the mixture temperature, and if it's off by even 1 degree, it fails and locks itself up until next heat cycle is successful or is reset. Another reason for it to go down is if the machine is not brush cleaned (which is a pain to do). If not brushed cleaned, it'll go into freezer lock and won't work until cleaned, that's why we say "it's down for cleaning".
Daisy Heart
Daisy Heart 2 ヶ月 前
Maxstar404 3 ヶ月 前
As an ex worker, I can confirm this.
Cake the Cat
Cake the Cat 3 ヶ月 前
Worked there as well pre-pandemic and honestly ours never broke, I assume this is the fruit shake/frappe/icee machine. Tbh it wasnt even cleaned often other than the area where the cups actually go.
ZeroWitch 3 ヶ月 前
@Supergamer204 I feel bad for laughing, but just imagining exploding shake mix... lol
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