Oct 23, 2020
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There is no greater grievance as a consumer of fast food than pulling up to your local McDonald's and ordering a milkshake, cone or other frozen treat only to learn the ice cream machine is broken.
Instead of settling for an apple pie, you could consult the website mcbroken.com, which tracks McDonald's restaurants to help you learn which ones have out-of-order machines.
The site was built by 24-year-old software engineer Rashiq Zahid, reports The Verge. Green dots show McDonald's restaurants with working machines, while red dots are locations poised to disappoint your dessert cravings.
"I reverse engineered mcdonald's internal api and I'm currently placing an order worth $18,752 every minute at every mcdonald's in the US to figure out which locations have a broken ice cream machine," wrote Zahid in a post on Twitter.
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During an interview with The Verge, Zahid said he built the site for fun after traveling to Germany and twice failing to get a sundae.
“I just made it for fun. But people were like ‘Wow, this is the best thing I’ve seen this entire week,'" Zahid told The Verge.
Even McDonald's appears to be on board with his endeavor. "Only a true @mcdonalds
fan would go to these lengths to help customers get our delicious ice cream," wrote David Tovar, vice president of communications and government relations at McDonald's.