Money Minute: McDonald's Fast Menu Changes Are Slowing It Down


McDonald's is moving too fast and too slow at the same time. That and more of the top money stories you need to know today.

McDonald's (MCD) says it has rolled out new menu items too quickly this year, which has created challenges in its kitchens and slowed service.
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A trade publication that tracks the time it takes to get your drive-through order says McDonald's has slowed to slowest pace in at least 15 years. In response, the company says it will invest more to improve the assembly process.

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Thou used to get a fish sandwich with cheese at the mc dees on williams blvd in cedar rapids iowa. But a long time ago they started to put just a half slice of so called cheese on the sandwich. When thou said to them hey, what be up with this, they replied that is what the costumer wanted. What a load of bull ****, don`t go there unless thee wants to get ripped off.

November 16 2013 at 4:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Comcast service sucks they are losing customers.

November 16 2013 at 3:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OK, watched the story and read the comments. Yeah, they can be slow but thats because so many people like their food, coffee, etc and go there. Bet everyone of us has been "in line" at the drive threw for what we consider a "long time" but guess what? You went and keep going back. Why, the food is good. Now, to you people complaining about the the fat, grease, calories and so on. DON'T EAT THERE if you dont like what they are offering. Go elsewhere. It's not like your being forced to buy your dinner here. It's a choice, not a mandate. Feel free to go buy whatever you like and serve it up for dinner but fell free to stop whineing about where I like to eat.

November 16 2013 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to DOUG's comment

If you think the food at McDonald's is "good," you really need to get out more.

Is it inexpensive? Yes. Is it manufactured plastic formed into food? Yes. Is it good?? Well, that's relative but a GENERAL consensus is that McDonald's food is as far from good as you can get.

November 16 2013 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to g.alcantara's comment

Tara, it aint cheap, what is wrong with thou`s sense of $$$$$.
Crap from mc deez or hardees or burger dive should never be over 2 dollars per person.

November 16 2013 at 4:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Their 'food' is such crap.I cant believe the number of people that go there.

November 16 2013 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ppllaanntt's comment

Thou can, but like p t bar none has said, there be a sucker born every second.

November 16 2013 at 4:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

MCDonald's sucks! It's not even real food.

November 15 2013 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the McDs in our town are slow no matter what menu is being served. That is because the workers aren't the brightest bulbs in the box

November 15 2013 at 11:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to blackcoffeeparty's comment

Good reason not to double their pay.

November 16 2013 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People today do not have a clue. When I was young and so was McDonald's (back in the day of the fifteen cent hamburger) ... service was lightening fast. You could walk into any McDonalds and the lines could be 10 deep as they often were and you had your food and out the door in five minutes max at the busiest time of day. Off hours, your food was on the counter before you could get your wallet out. People today have no idea what fast service really is ... not a clue. Today you walk into a burger joint with 4 or 5 people at the counter and it take more than 5 minutes just to place your order. In the old days they were turning 4 or 5 orders every minute. Service today is a joke compared to what it once was.

November 15 2013 at 10:56 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Brutal's comment

Well bruticus, people now a days are just plain, to put it nicely, unwise.

November 16 2013 at 4:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert Beuttler

Well, if they would put the buttons in Spanish, it might speed it up things and maybe just maybe they could get our orders right for once.

November 15 2013 at 10:25 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Robert Beuttler's comment

Learn how to write "your" language!!

November 16 2013 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hmmm, so is thou saying it is YOUR fault cause you are to lazy to learn to speak a language that is not supposed to be spoken here? Wake up buttler, it aint the USA any more, it be the union of soviet and chinese and spanicsh comrades.

November 16 2013 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trebob711 people still eat at mcdonals? Getting nauseated just thinking about it. what are they thinkin/

November 15 2013 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to trebob711's comment

Exactly. Time to use robotics, no human paid people. I want a $1 item, give it to me. I don't want to read throught neh $1.29 menu etc. Only the $1 menu. Don't offer it?????? Will never come back again.

November 15 2013 at 10:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to hkusp007's comment

Good point 4 1se.

November 16 2013 at 4:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply