A hack that lets McDonald’s customers eat for free in Australia seems to have been revealed in a viral video. If it’s true, it’s not likely to work in the U.S. since the burger chain’s discounts vary by location.
Two friends demonstrated the trick in a two-minute video posted to YouTube on Sunday that has garnered 1.1 million views. They appear to have duped the self-service kiosk into giving them 11 free burgers — or 10 meatless sandwiches and one traditional burger.
USA TODAY reached out to McDonald’s to inquire about the authenticity of the free burger loophole. When the burger chain responds or issues a statement, we will update the story.
In the video, the friends walk viewers through how they scored the extremely discounted menu items.
“We’re here at Maccas. It’s me and my friend, Matthias,” the person holding the camera says. “We’re here and we want the dollar hamburger, right? Actually, we want ten of them.”
Maccas is a nickname for McDonald’s in Australia.
It seems that by ordering 10 burgers for $1 each using the self-service machine, the customers received a discount on a regular $1 hamburger. By then removing the meat from 10 burgers, each meal was discounted by $1.10, giving the two customers enough surplus to cover the cost of a regularly priced burger.
The total for the entire order read $0.00.
After requesting to check out, the computer confirms there is “no payment required” and prints out a receipt and an order number.
“Fantastic!” the person holding the camera says after the receipt prints out.
The video concludes with the friends opening a brown McDonald’s bag, revealing one regular burger and set of buns with ketchup and pickles on it which one of them refers to as the patty-less burger “that cost negative ten cents’.
Reactions to the video on Reddit ranged from “It’s a colossal waste of food” to “That pattyless burger is the most depressing meal I’ve ever seen.”
One Redditor asked, “But why would you tell… THE ENTIRE WORLD?”
In the U.S., McDonald’s is currently offering a deal that allows customers to buy one Big Mac and get the second one for 50-cents. The deal is only availble to people who use the burger chain’s mobile app.