A McDonald's employee has gone viral after uploading a TikTok video showing him destroying huge quantities of stock in order to stop people from getting their hands on a handful of potentially lucrative monopoly stickers. Check it out below:
Now, players can take part in McDonald's Monopoly by collecting stickers found on the packaging of various qualifying menu items.
These stickers, named after the locations on the classic Monopoly board such as Mayfair, Whitehall and Old Kent Road, can be exchanged for big prizes if a player collects a full set, including TV's, a hot tub, a shopping spree, holidays in both the UK or Ibiza, and up to £100,000 in cash.
It's been one of the fast-food giant's biggest promotions for years now, and after taking a year off last year because of Covid the 2021 Monopoly has been rumbling away quietly for the past few weeks, starting on August 25th and finishing up yesterday.
But there are two sides to every story.
On Wednesday 7th October - the final day of the promotion - a TikTok user and Maccies employee going by the name @jay.x174 uploaded a short clip of himself dumping what looks like thousands of promotional boxes into the trash.
"McDonald's Monopoly is over so we have to throw all of this out," he claims in the video whilst unpacking several boxes packed full of monopoly-branded containers and unceremoniously binning the whole lot.
It's waste on an industrial scale and according to Jay, the restaurant's management claim that they can't even recycle the material, and are instead 'forced' to destroy it in order to stop potential dumpster divers from claiming free stickers and cashing them in while the promotion is still valid.
Naturally, people were aghast at both the scale of the wastage and the potential prizes being thrown away, and Jay was on hand to explain why management had called for the stock to be destroyed and to offer a sympathetic ear to anyone annoyed by the situation.
"THERE COULD BE £100K SITTING IN THAT BIN!" one user exclaimed, to which Jay responded that "with the amount of cups and boxes we waste it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest."
Whereas when another viewer questioned why so many boxes were ordered in the first place when there was clearly no way they were ever going to get used, he responded that: "the managers logic is that we'd rather have too many than too little".
Whilst a number of people were annoyed that Jay went along with such a request and couldn't simply give them away or stash them for later, he correctly identified that he was just doing what his managers told him to do and that he just wanted to keep his job.
So even though it's easy to become frustrated at Maccies employees for taking part in such senseless acts of destruction, let's not blame the guys on the bottom.
The problem, as always, is at the top.