• Why you shouldn't go paperless at this restaurant
  • How asking for a receipt will make your service better
  • Best time to stop for the best service and freshest food
The best hack for fresh food and good service at McDonald's.
The best hack for fresh food and good service at McDonald's. // Canva
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When McDonald's Asks If You Need a Receipt, Say Yes

When you go through any drive-thru line these days, it's almost a reflex to say no when we're offered a receipt. We all know it's one more piece of paper that will likely end up on the floor of our car.

Why does asking for a receipt at McDonald's improve the quality of the food?
Why does asking for a receipt at McDonald's improve the quality of the food? // Canva
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Do you really need to remember you stopped for a Big Mac and how much you paid? Probably not, but here's why it's better to say yes to that receipt, especially at certain times of the day.

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When You Say 'Yes', You Send a Signal

Taste of Home shares that like many restaurants, McDonald's uses Mystery Shoppers to get the best out of their employees. And this is not a rare event. In fact, mystery shoppers visit McDonald's stores both in the lobby and in the drive-thru several times a day.

Fresh food coming right up, when you do this one simple thing at this popular fast food chain.
Fresh food coming right up, when you do this one simple thing. // Canva
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In order to get reimbursed for their purchases, these mystery shoppers have to prove they made the purchase, which they do with - you guessed it - their receipt!

The Best Hack: Order When Mystery Shoppers Visit Most Often

To really hack the system, try to get your timing right. Asking for a receipt is just the first step. Mystery shoppers usually plan their visit during the busiest time of the day to get an accurate picture of how things are running at the restaurant.

Make sure you visit at the peak times, the way mystery shoppers do.
Make sure you visit at the peak times, the way mystery shoppers do. // Canva
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McDonald's employees know when they're most likely to show up. The first time is over the lunch rush which happens between noon and 2 pm and again during the dinner hours from 5 pm to 7 pm.

When you ask for a receipt during these times, you're far more likely to get a meal that's hot and fresh.

This may just be the best hack to get the freshest food, fast!
This may just be the best hack to get the freshest food, fast! // Canva
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