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This Is Why McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Always Seem to Be Broken

Most people know not to get their hopes up if they head to a McDonald’s for a McFlurry—it’s a running joke that the McDonald’s ice cream machine always seems to be broken when you swing by the drive-through. But why can’t McDonald’s get it together and give its customers what they want?

The main reason is that the McDonald’s ice cream machines take forever to clean, taking up to four hours to sanitize—and it has to be done every single day. When the machines are in the process of being cleaned, they can’t serve ice cream. And, when the staff is handing out Big Macs left and right, no one has the time to tend to the laborious machine. Telling you that the ice cream machine is broken instead of admitting that they are too lazy to clean it is just one of the secrets that fast-food workers won’t tell you.

In early 2017, McDonald’s announced that they were going to be replacing their soft serve machines with ones that are easier to maintain and wouldn’t take as long to clean. However, actually installing the new equipment in every restaurant is taking a very long time and customers are …read more

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