McDonald's menu with total '$4.44' for 1 small fries and 1 large sweet iced tea caption 'McDonald's charging 2030 prices' (l) McDonald's sign with blue sky (c) McDonald's fries in paper bag (r)

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‘Near $5 for a large sweet tea and a small fry?’: McDonald’s customer slams chain’s increase in prices

'And the fries aren't even in there.'


Melody Heald


Posted on Nov 9, 2022

In a viral TikTok video, a McDonald’s customer shares his outrage at the increase in the chain’s prices after purchasing two items on the value menu that amounted to nearly $5.

As prices for goods and services have inflated by 8.2% in the past year, McDonald’s is one of many fast-food chains to raise their prices.

User Phil (@philosophyphil) records the drive-thru screen after placing his order, showing simply a large sweet tea and a small fry, which totaled up to $4.44.

“Look, don’t get me wrong, I know inflation has been bad, but god damn near five dollars for a large sweet tea and a small fry?” he asks in the clip.

The camera cuts to the inside of his bag, where a measly serving of fries lay. “And the fries aren’t even in there. God,” he says, joking about the small size.

@philosophyphil Value menu $5 now #fyp #mcdonalds #inflation #hurt #fries #sweet #tiktok #foryou #value #money ♬ original sound – The Movement

His video racked up over 391,000 views as of Wednesday, resonating with others who shared complaints about increasing fast-food prices.

“I got a shake and cheese curds at Culver’s and it was $15,” one viewer shared.

“Mcdonalds breakfast costs us 25 bucks, it’s 2 adults and a toddler,” a second stated.

“All fast food prices are getting ridiculous. Damn near $15 for a meal at most places,” a third wrote.

Some claimed that $1 items on McDonald’s value menu no longer exist.

“It used to be half that the $1 large drink was my go to,” one observed.

“My local McDonald’s raised dollar items to $2 and everything else went up near doubled in price,” a second noticed.

“I paid close to $2 for a value fry yesterday like WHAT. It’s insane,” a third commented.

Others urged Phil to download the McDonald’s app to find deals.

“Gotta use the app. Some better deals on there,” one recommended.

“Is the McDonald’s app. $1 large fries or free large fries daily,” a second said.

“My dude McDonald’s app 1 dollar large fries thank me later,” a third suggested.

Phil took viewers’ advice regarding the app. In a follow-up video, he shows how much the price dramatically dropped while using the app. A large fry that would normally cost $3.89 dropped to $1.06. Additionally, app users can earn rewards points with purchases that can be redeemed for discounts.

@philosophyphil Replying to @beefboy.beefcannon McDonald's App out here saving lives. #fyp #mcdonalds #sauce #bless #app #foryou #foryoupage ♬ original sound – The Movement

The Daily Dot reached out to @philosophyphil via TikTok comment and McDonald’s via press email.

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*First Published: Nov 9, 2022, 3:49 pm CST