McDonald’s New Deal Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

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( – A TikTok video showing a $25 meal deal at a McDonald’s in Southern California sparked widespread discussion online, linking the price to the state’s minimum wage increase. The user, @shannon_montipaya, highlighted the cost of a 40-piece Chicken McNugget meal with two large fries, pointing out the absence of a drink in this deal.

The video, which quickly went viral, showcased the rising costs at McDonald’s, where prices have reportedly doubled since 2014, according to FinanceBuzz. This increase in price led to a wave of nostalgia and debate among TikTok viewers over the escalating costs of fast food.

Some users reminisced about cheaper times, while others debated the impact of California’s recent minimum wage hike for fast-food workers, which moved from $16 to $20 an hour. This legislative change prompted discussions on its effect on fast-food pricing, with some pointing to the wage increase as a factor in the rising costs.

Comparisons of McDonald’s prices across different states emerged, revealing significant variations, with some users noting much lower prices outside California.

Despite the shock expressed by some over the $25 meal deal, others viewed it as reasonable, dividing the cost per person and suggesting it was a fair price.

The wage increase’s anticipation led to operational changes among fast-food chains in California, including closures and layoffs at places like MOD Pizza, ahead of the policy’s implementation.

McDonald’s USA responded to the discussions, stating that the FinanceBuzz report did not accurately reflect their pricing, emphasizing that franchisees set prices and that the company remains committed to providing value to its customers.

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