How to get free food at McDonalds

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Social engineering is a collection of techniques used to manipulate people into performing actions or divulging confidential information.Here’s a brilliant example of the method being put to use at McDonalds to obtain a free cheeseburger and fries ! Just use your actor talent.



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34 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL - how to steal from mcdonalds.
i hope that guy got hit and killed by a bus right after the video was shot.
p.s. i've forwarded the video to ncdonalds corporate.
idiots who post their crimes online often get caught.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because lying is brilliant?

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you have to realize is that it wasn't a crime. He lied, yes, but he never stole anything. The employee gave him the burger, just handed to him.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, it is a crime. Theftin general is defined as the taking or criminal conversion of anything, animate or inanimate through fraudulent means, and without color of right. If you really want to split hairs you can simply claim that he committed fraud, but this nevertheless results in the classification of theft by deception which still falls within the realm of theft. When you say that it wasn't a crime, you are basing this on your notion of theft as "stealing" or what is codified in many states as Larceny, which is the trespassory taking of a chattel. However, according to the common law, theft is still an offence, even in states that maintain Larceny as the primary offence.

Before you spout off incorrect crap designed to show that you have absolutely no understanding or knowledge of the laws that govern us, do yourself a favor by realizing you're an idiot and you don't know what you're talking about.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Omatic said...

It really isn't THAT impressive. As the employee / manager said, he's not supposed to do that without a receipt. This is more a case of foolish McDonalds employee and less a case of good social engineering. You can't go to any McDonalds and do this, apparently just this one is easy to fool.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the courts of the US this would be called fraudulent scheme. It is a Felony. Mcdonalds burgers and fries are pretty good but not worth going to prison for. Maybe Taco Bell!!!

10:44 AM  
Anonymous john said...

He's a con artist, he's conned them into giving him something that doesn't belong to him. It's just like a telemarketing scam, are those not illegal?

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for christ's sake it's mcdonalds. i mean it's equivalent to rummaging through a trash bin for free food. manipulate a real restaurant into giving you some REAL food for free and then i'll be impressed.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How cheap do you have to be to go through all that just to get $5 worth of food? Those guys are losers!

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not really that good its just blagging a burger i thought i was gonna get a foolproof scheme on how to achieve my target of fattest person ever for free!!

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its only blagging a free burger now and then it would be better if it was a foolproof scheme on how i could achieve my target of fattest person ever for free

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the burger is less than a dollar what a cheap fukin bastard. I really hope that gets reported. Stupid kid, I was hoping there was a cop at the front of the line so he can arrest those stupid morons. burger and a fry. fries!!!!! just a lame jackass. social retards.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought this guy was faking to be retarted, but that was just really how he talked

3:33 PM  
Blogger RockmanRotties said...

Forwarded the video to mcdonald's corporate because it is wrong and what kind people are they ? SICKO and LYING! They do not deserve to be alive! >:(

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy may have lied to McDonalds, but the people who said they've forwarded it to McDonalds Corporate headquarters is even more of a liar. Frankly, anybody who feels the need to even think about forwarding this to McDonalds is a worse person than the guy who stole FIVE DOLLARS...TOPS from that restaurant.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

waaah. poor mcdonalds. some guy took $2. alert the authorities?

that first fucker who fwd the video is the bitch who has to ruin for everyone.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LoL. Stupid fat greasy Americans. Eating every kind of burger from the menu at every fast food restaurant at every block.

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you people are so uptight. The man only got 2 cheeseburgers and a fry. What is the big deal? I have conned so many people i'm pretty much a self made man. This guy is startin small and he is good at it so he will be at the top.

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah who actually cares anyway...

plus the first guy didn't actually send it to McDonalds. He sent it to some other place called "ncdonalds corporate" hmmmmmm...... what a strange sounding place. I think the real question here is whether or not it's worth it to scheme to get about $3 dollars worth of food. I guess if I was really that desperate maybe. Just think about how much time it took him and how many times he actually had to repeat his story. I could find $3.00 in change in my couch faster than that...

On the legal question, it's less of legality than of morality. I mean, do you honestly think that McDonalds is going to drag him into court over $3.00 worth of food? They would be wasting more time (time = money) than it would be worth.

Yes, it is wrong. There's no denying that. However, have you ever lied to someone? That's just as bad.

Overall, I think we have all learned a very valuable lesson in how to inflate our egos. Kudos to the two young men in the video for exposing just how compromised the McDonalds security force is. Thank you to all the other people who felt it necessary to use profanity in their posts, because sometimes a cultured vocabulary just doesn't cut it.

On a serious note thank you to the people who posted comments that made sense and followed the principles of logical discussion.

3:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the manager (at least that's who I'm assuming it was) that should get in trouble, if anyone at all.

Like he said, it's a general rule to not replace a customer's food if they don't have a receipt. Unfortunately, as seen in the movie, the common attitude towards people who pull this sort of thing is "I really don't care right now. I'll give you the food you want, as long as you get the hell out of my face."

A better way to get free food from McDonalds (or any other fast food place, really) is to find a receipt on the ground somewhere, then take it in, and say you didn't get something that was on it. You have a receipt, so for all the employees know, you did order that food, and you just want to get what they didn't give you the first time.

You'd just have to check the time and date on the receipt, because if you were to pull such a stunt, they'd be sure to ask you when it was that you came in.

4:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fraud is a crime but even in this case you will never find a judge who will convict you. I work at an applebees and i see things all the time where someone comes in without money and orders food. Then they make sure they complain about everything, recooking a steak 5 times for one guest even. They eventually get it free. there is no proof in these situations which also makes it hard to prosocute.

5:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, people try it all the time, if you're nice about it, of course they'll give you 12 cents worth of meat and cheese and packaging instead of arguing with you.

mmm... mcdonalds cheeseburgers with "special sauce", I hope he savored every bite. ;)

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See you are all wrong, here are the reasons
1) it canot be proven that he stole the fries, his story could be true
2) macdonalds wont call their lawyers for 2 cheese burgers and a fry
3) i would do the same crap if i wasent a vegetarian lol

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it worked!! i tried it!!! except i told them they missed my big mac and large fries

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at Mcdonalds, and honestly can't believe people are forwarding this to them. I mean, it's fucking Mcdonalds! Fries get thrown out after seven minutes, sometimes an extra burger gets made and just sits there. So what if a corporate giant gets cheated out of five bucks? I still get paid.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are building a lot of bad karma, guys.

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez, wonder if coporate will actually spend thousands of dollars to pursue a 3 dollar theft.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it SHOULD work in every McDonald's. I've been a manager in a McDonald's store (as written on their equipment) and I followed the one week SMC (Shift Management Course). They told us that such scams represent only 2% of our complaints. So they better give food to the 2% scammers than unsatisfying 98% of their already unsatified clients.. Whenever you go at McDonald's, remember one thing: Total Satisfaction of the Client. And you're the client. And if the restaurant doesn't "satisfy" you, there's a whole lot of people higher who just want to make you believe they care about you when in fact they just don't want you to speak bad about them.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this video doesn't even show solid facts that he was lying you fucking faggot. i wonder how you feel about the people that spit, and rinse their hair in your food. If you honestly think that your "rightful" email to "ncdonalds corporate" will go any further than to the trash, you must be the dumbass who actually gave the cccp communist the free cheeseburgers and fries. hit and killed by a bus...you are mentally unstable...
Wendy's is better anyway.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really this is more help to McDonalds than anything. He brought up a good issue that McD's Can resolve thru training. Maybe saved them a few million a year.

Anyone really upset with this should really check their priorities.
Come on this pissed you off?
There are plenty of crimes associated with every single product you buy/use. Really do you think your made in Mexico jeans are crime free? Instead of stealing from a corporation you choose to steal from hard working people. Those jeans screwed American ready to work for a living ( a living wage that is) and the mexican guy who for some reason does not get paid 1 out of every four weeks.

In general I dont give a shit. We can cry about this and that. Or you could attack my comment. But just remember, your just pissed cause your a hippocrit ( who gives a shit if I cant spell) who would rather buy cheap shit and turn the other cheek, than realize this fucker was just pulling a prank.
Who knows, maybe the fucker, got some other fucker to spit in his burgers.

LOL.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

vagina....that is all,...thank you......

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the retail business it is known as the " perfect crime". Customer calls a day after they buy a bunch of stuff and say they are missing a shirt or whatever from the bag. The cashier must have forgot to bag the item. Depending on the sincerity and/or acting ability of the customer we will give them their so called "missing item". This scam (like the McDonalds one) probably works a bit better if your older. Most fast food places will not just give free food to a teen kid. One scam I did learn from a reformed shoplifter regarding free food seemed too good to be true. This guy would call up a chain style restaurant ( he said chain because they are much easier targets) and say he had a problem with a take out order from like two weeks ago. He would ask to speak to a manager and claim he called and left his phone number and name but nobody ever called back. At this point most managers are apologetic and willing to replace the food he never got in the first place. This guy basically did this twice a year to the same restaurant so they would not catch on. He did say however that the turnover was so great at fast food places he could scam them on a monthly basis. Free food scams are wrong but if the manager just gives you the food without proper ID or investigation then shame on them as well. I do agree that this probably only happens 2% of the time to businesses and so they just give in instead of wasting time looking into it.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im a police officer - its theft through deception and is illegal.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i actually looked this up because I haven't eaten in 2 days and have no money at all and am in a strange place, no friends or family and no idea when my check is going to get here. Was one thought to try mcdonalds

4:23 AM  

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