I’ll take cheeseburgers for $1.29, Alex

At the McDonalds in the mall above which my office building rests, I noticed an interesting quirk on their menu. Cheeseburgers cost $1.29. But on their “Dollar” menu, a double cheeseburger costs $1. While standing in line, I thought to myself that really, this is only slightly insane. What would be truly insane is if someone actually ordered a cheeseburger. I started to wonder if they sold any cheeseburgers anymore with such a gaping loophole in their menu and was about to do some mental calculation, when I heard the woman in line behind me place her order:

“I’d like a cheeseburger, small fries, and a small Coke.”

At that moment I decided McDonalds was performing a social experiment to see how many people actually read the menu.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.