How many hamburgers...?

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How many hamburgers...?

Postby Blatm » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:09 am UTC

How many hamburgers do you have to order before the cashier at McDonald’s figures something’s up?

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby 3.14159265... » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:16 am UTC

Experiment time, soon as I get my cheque!
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Robin S » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:23 am UTC

Depends on the cashier.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Aperfectring » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:25 am UTC

I need more information. The number can greatly vary based on whether it is a "cheap burger day"/"customer appreciation day" or not. It can also vary greatly based on whether they are Quarter Pounder hamburgers or the lesser "normal" kind.

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby bbctol » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:38 am UTC

I've seen someone walk in alone and order twenty, not get a blink.

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Blubb3r3ng3l » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:40 am UTC

Blatm wrote:How many hamburgers do you have to order before the cashier at McDonald’s figures something’s up?

what is this 'something' that may be up? Legitimately?

Like, I've been coming back from a football game, and my coach ordered 200 cheeseburgers to be ready at the end of the game (long haul back to the school).
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby |Erasmus| » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:44 am UTC

Blubb3r3ng3l wrote:
Blatm wrote:How many hamburgers do you have to order before the cashier at McDonald’s figures something’s up?

what is this 'something' that may be up? Legitimately?

Like, I've been coming back from a football game, and my coach ordered 200 cheeseburgers to be ready at the end of the game (long haul back to the school).


I used to work at McDonald's and yeah, you get this kind of thing from time to time... you also have birthday party's and such, where people want 30 or so burgers at once. I only worked out the back, so I didn't often see the customer ordering these things, but it wasn't too uncommon for us to be told that we need X (where X > 20) burgers at a certain time.

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Aperfectring » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:52 am UTC

Usually, though, people who have those large orders will place them at least a couple hours in advance. It is still strange when someone walks in by themselves and asks for >20 burgers.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Babam » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:58 am UTC

1337 or 80085
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Seven » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:17 am UTC

OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAND!!!!!!!

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Aleril » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:26 pm UTC

I think any of these numbers would'nt be weird. The person might think you would be getting it for a party.

I am guessing once you go up to about 30 or 50 you would get some looks.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby i like pi » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:31 pm UTC

It's actually funny what I did one time. I was left home alone for a month (My parents are a little too trusting, but I really don't do that party thing) and I ordered <80 double cheeseburgers to eat over the next month. after fifteen days in the fridge, they stopped looking appetizing.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Qoppa » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:32 pm UTC

You have to order each separately. And they all need to be special orders.

I want a cheeseburger with no pickles. A cheeseburger with extra onions and no lettuce. A cheeseburger with just cheese and ketchup. A cheeseburger with just cheese and mustard. A cheeseburger with no bun. A cheeseburger with only pickles and ketchup. A cheeseburger with only lettuce...

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Belial » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:33 pm UTC

I've ordered 30 before, and not really gotten questioned. So the number is greater than 30.

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:50 pm UTC

I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that the age of the person in question might be cause for concern.. that is, a 10 year old kid ordering 400 burgers would get a "WTF" look. Someone who looks 45 would not.

All that being said, if it's a joint where you pay first... then no one's going to give a shit. You paid X money for Y burgers, so whatever you're doing with Y burgers is your business.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Leesam » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:52 pm UTC

Some friends and I have done this at wendy's a few time for poker night (we place bets with J.B.C.s). They don't mind but really appreciate it if you call ahead for big orders (we normally got like 30 or 40)
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby segmentation fault » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:31 pm UTC

the use of the phrase "before somethings up" intrigues me.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Aleril » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:34 pm UTC

segmentation fault wrote:the use of the phrase "before somethings up" intrigues me.



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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Belial » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:41 pm UTC

Leesam wrote:They don't mind but really appreciate it if you call ahead for big orders (we normally got like 30 or 40)


They don't even get too fussed about you failing to call ahead, as long as you make it clear that there's no great hurry.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby grythyttan » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:20 pm UTC

I and a group of friends are planning to do something like this: we are about 10-15 people, we will pretend not to know eachother and walk up one at a time and order about ten cheeseburgers each. I wonder how long it will have to go on before they ask something...

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:24 pm UTC

This reminds me of the time my mom went to Subway or Blimpie and ordered three footlongs. She felt they insulted her when they asked the standard "for here or to go" question. Once in a while if I order a large amount of food like that from a fast food place I get taken aback, but I remind myself that (A) it's standard procedure to ask the question, and (B) the employee is so used to saying it that it comes naturally and so he automatically says it without even thinking twice.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Robin S » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:58 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:All that being said, if it's a joint where you pay first... then no one's going to give a shit. You paid X money for Y burgers, so whatever you're doing with Y burgers is your business.
Well... when ronnie and I bought 60 pints' worth of jelly cubes - and, a couple of weeks later, bought another 94 pints' worth - from my local Sainsbury's, we got some pretty odd looks.

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Quixotess » Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:08 pm UTC

Qoppa wrote:You have to order each separately. And they all need to be special orders.

I want a cheeseburger with no pickles. A cheeseburger with extra onions and no lettuce. A cheeseburger with just cheese and ketchup. A cheeseburger with just cheese and mustard. A cheeseburger with no bun. A cheeseburger with only pickles and ketchup. A cheeseburger with only lettuce...


This is the answer. And that would be awesome. Imagine if they tried to repeat the order back at you. Then, no matter what they said, you could scream "NO! YOU GOT IT [I]ALL WRONG["/I] and change it.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Adalwolf » Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:31 pm UTC

Hmm, well the other day my friends and I ordered 8 double cheeseburgers through the drive thru, so I'd say it would have to be more than 10 burgers.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Flying Betty » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:51 pm UTC

I would imagine that fast food is something like retail where after the first week you couldn't give any less of a shit about what people order/buy unless it's seriously out of whack. Like wearing a MEAT IS MURDER shirt with a PETA button and ordering 50 burgers. Assuming the cashier is even vaguely observant.

Though I have discovered that ordering a bacon cheeseburger with no burger gets you some weird looks. (What? Ground beef is *nasty*!)
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby hermaj » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:42 am UTC

I think you could go to quite a few round numbers and be okay. "I'd like 60 cheeseburgers" isn't as weird as "I'd like 47 cheeseburgers". You'd almost certainly get a strange look with "I'd like 47 cheeseburgers and a 6 pack of chicken nuggets".

On the eat here/take away thing, people often send a delegate to order the meal while they find a table or whatever. I really don't think she had any cause to be offended by the question. And SexyTalon makes a pretty good point; as long as they get paid they're not going to care too much.

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:19 am UTC

On the contrary, I'd think a "round" number such as a multiple of 10 would seem more suspicious. The odds of requiring a multiple of 10 burgers are only 1 in 10, and if someone's just goofing around, most people will choose such a number. If you say you need 47 it gives the impression you counted, whereas if you say a nice round number like 60 it sounds more like a number you just pulled out of your ass.

On a similar note I wonder how many pizzas you have to order for delivery before they question you?

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:22 pm UTC

If I've got 20 people (myself included) that I'm buying food for, and I just do a quick "Hey, everyone think they want two or three burgers?" and most people mutter back three... I'm not going to count "So that's 14 threes and 6 twos".. I'm just going to go 20x3=60.

47, on the other hand.. for one, it's prime. Which means I didn't do quick math of 15x3, I actually counted the exact number needed. Especially if several of them have special requirements (15 with no pickles, 7 with extra onions, 2 with no ketchup).

Of course, the only real way to do this is to find a burger joint that has no one else inside and for you to arrive alone and request them for Here instead of take out.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby zenten » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:41 pm UTC

Quixotess wrote:
Qoppa wrote:You have to order each separately. And they all need to be special orders.

I want a cheeseburger with no pickles. A cheeseburger with extra onions and no lettuce. A cheeseburger with just cheese and ketchup. A cheeseburger with just cheese and mustard. A cheeseburger with no bun. A cheeseburger with only pickles and ketchup. A cheeseburger with only lettuce...


This is the answer. And that would be awesome. Imagine if they tried to repeat the order back at you. Then, no matter what they said, you could scream "NO! YOU GOT IT [I]ALL WRONG["/I] and change it.


The problem with that is that no matter what you do the person taking your order had a worse customer in the past week.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:46 pm UTC

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby TheTankengine » Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:19 pm UTC

'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:On a similar note I wonder how many pizzas you have to order for delivery before they question you?

Having worked at Domino's for about a year as a delivery driver, I can pretty confidently say that no number of pizzas is odd. We had schools or churches order up to 50 or even 100 pizzas. They just make sure to get a credit card and all is good.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby 22/7 » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:55 pm UTC

Yeah, as popular as it is to order pizza to feed large numbers of kids/people, I'd be pretty surprised if you could, well, surprise a pizza place with an order simply by the volume of the order. That said, why would anyone want that much McDonald's?
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Flying Betty » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:54 pm UTC

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Flying Betty wrote:Though I have discovered that ordering a bacon cheeseburger with no burger gets you some weird looks. (What? Ground beef is *nasty*!)
Did they do it?


Oh yeah. It just takes a bit of explaining. And sometimes two tries.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby zenten » Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:41 pm UTC

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Flying Betty wrote:Though I have discovered that ordering a bacon cheeseburger with no burger gets you some weird looks. (What? Ground beef is *nasty*!)
Did they do it?


Oh yeah. It just takes a bit of explaining. And sometimes two tries.


Make sure to ask for freshly made bacon.

Actually, for McDonalds be sure to do that for everything, except for common items in the middle of a rush.

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Otis » Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:33 pm UTC

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'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:On a similar note I wonder how many pizzas you have to order for delivery before they question you?

Having worked at Domino's for about a year as a delivery driver, I can pretty confidently say that no number of pizzas is odd. We had schools or churches order up to 50 or even 100 pizzas. They just make sure to get a credit card and all is good.


I'd have to agree. When I delivered for Papa John's a couple years ago we would get orders for high school football games that were upwards of 200 pizzas. Of course those were placed about a week in advance so we'd have the amount of ingredients necessary. If somebody called in and ordered that many for that day then it would probably raise some eyebrows.

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby TheTankengine » Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:07 pm UTC

Possibly. But large orders are so common that they would just reply "i'm sorry, we'll need more time than that to make an order of that size", rather than a strange look.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Kabann » Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:12 pm UTC

For anyone attempting this social experiment... try not to do it in a crowded drive-thru. That tends to increase the amount of anger in the universe significantly.
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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby Blubb3r3ng3l » Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:44 pm UTC

i like pi wrote:It's actually funny what I did one time. I was left home alone for a month (My parents are a little too trusting, but I really don't do that party thing) and I ordered <80 double cheeseburgers to eat over the next month. after fifteen days in the fridge, they stopped looking appetizing.

on a somewhat related note...

bio 101 experiment on the effectiveness of preservatives. We took an organic 'thing' (grass clippings in our case' and something previously organic that we thought might have preservatives in it. We chose McDonald's double-cheeseburgers.

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Re: How many hamburgers...?

Postby 22/7 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:31 pm UTC

I don't understand, mold on the clippings or mold on the cheeseburgers?
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