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May 12, 2009 04:28 PM

McDonald's charging for Big Mac sauce now?

I went to a McD's the other day and got my usual double cheesburgers with Mac sauce. They charged me 30 cents per for the sauce! Historicaily, Mac sauce has been free, so a double with Mac sauce is a good arbitrage play vs buying an actual Big Mac. Is this a new national policy for McDonald's or a rogue franchisee?

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  1. I don't know if it's national or just your local franchisee, but I don't see how only one Mcd's would do that. It's a matter of the register and that most don't know how to figure things out on their own. I'm serious, they don't really teach math in school, just how to operate a calculator to get answers.

    Charging for the sauce. ......What are they thinking? It's a condiment for pete's sake. Once they start charging for that and get away with it, you'll see salt, pepper, mustard, etc. also following suit.

    I need to go as I'm now getting a Big Mac attack. I'm disabled and can't drive so I can't just go get one...or two.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Shadowcran

      They charge for condiments in Europe at McD's. A little container of ketchup (similar to the Mcnuggets sauce containers here in the US) was nearly $1 in Bucharest.

      1. re: Shadowcran

        The McDonald's by work is charging $3.79 for one Big Mac or two for $3.50.

        You have to buy two...or at least order two.

          1. re: malibumike

            Clairmont Mesa Blvd, South East of 163. They also do $1.29 Filet o Fish Fridays all year.

      2. Just grab a pack of ketchup and one of mayo and mix the two. Voila: instant mac sauce.

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        1. re: NewDude

          That may be the "special sauce" at one place, but the Mac Sauce is Thousand Island dressing. I may be wrong, but I think the Big Mac was inspired partly by the Reuban sandwich. That sandwich is filled with stuff I wouldn't eat by itself, corned beef, sauerkraut, TI dressing, but put them together and the Reuban is an excellent sandwich. The Big Mac I don't see as a burger at all. It's a hamburger sandwich. The difference is I do indeed have Big Mac attacks, but I never have Quarter Pounder attacks. I hate lettuce, but love it on a big mac.

          $1 for ketchup? Is tomatoes rare in Hungary? That would explain the price. That's an interesting little dilemma.

          1. re: Shadowcran

            Isn't that what thousand island is? mayo ,ketchup and relish mixed together?

            1. re: Shadowcran

              Bucharest is in Romania, but when I was in Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, etc there was always a charge for condiments. When I asked the clerk in Romania she said it was so the poor Gypsy children did not spend their days eating condiments. Napkins, stir thingies, straws, etc. were also kept behind the counter.

              Here in Israel there is a charge for BBQ or Sweet/Sour sauce, and depending on the McDonalds cheese is a shekel extra.

          2. They've been charging for extra condiments at McDonald's in Los Angeles. I haven't been in almost a year, but they informed me that I would be charged extra when I asked for more sauce for my nuggets.

            I don't remember how many they originally gave me, but I knew it wouldn't be enough, so I asked for an extra one.

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            1. re: alliebear

              Yeah, but do they charge you for ketchup, mustard, or mayonnaise?

              1. re: aynrandgirl

                I'm not sure. I never ask for any of those.

            2. I get steak, egg and cheese bagel sandwichs with extra sauce and extra onions, and 1 out of maybe 15 times the cashier will charge me 30 cents for the extra sauce. I have never raised a fuss about it, but the next time it happens I will complain and tell them that I order this all the time and am NEVER charged for it.

              1. They've been charging me for Mac sauce for at least 3 years now in Toronto (well, some locations).

                On some of my trips to Rochester/Buffalo, I've been charged $0.20 for a little dab of mayonnaise on my double cheeseburger!