McDonald’s Breakfast Price Hike

I admit it. I like McDonald’s. I can stay away for months at a time, but I always find an excuse to grab a meal on the run. It’s just so convenient!

When life gets chaotic, the first thing to suffer is diet and exercise. Let me tell you; this year so far has been crazy busy!

This week I stopped by two mornings back-to-back and bought a quick breakfast. I always get the same thing. Sausage biscuit with cheese, hashbrowns, and a large coffee.

A funny thing happened on the second day. The prices went up! Not just a few cents difference, I’m talking about a significant price increase from the day before. A huge $0.98 difference!

Here are the receipts:

Sausage Biscuit Meal $0.40
ADD American Cheese $0.10
<Drink Upcharge> $0.40
Tax $0.08
TOTAL $0.98 Increase!

If you look closely at the receipts, you can see that they are in fact from two different McDonald’s locations. But, they are only a few miles apart, and in the same city.

I reached out to both stores by phone to ask if a manager would like to comment on the price differences. Here are the results:

“We can’t give out the manager’s email” – Mariah
McDonald’s Store 1
5608 E Ashlan Ave, Fresno, CA 93727
(559) 291-8381

“No thank you, Sir, not interested.” – The employee refused to provide their real name but offered an alias of Mark
McDonald’s Store 2 –
2654 Alluvial Ave, Clovis, CA 93611
(559) 299-1422

My theories for the price increase are:
1.) The cashier rung it up wrong.
2.) There is a national shortage of biscuits, sausage, cheese, potatoes, and coffee.
3.) Someone in the back recognized me from grade school, remembered that I stole their super ball, and advised management to overcharge me.
4.) Price variation between McDonald’s restaurant locations is commonplace and to be expected.