McDonald’s is facing criticism on TikTok as a man claims that dining there has become prohibitively expensive due to recent price hikes. Topher, upon a recent visit to his local McDonald’s, was surprised to find that his usual order—a Smoky Double Quarter Pounder BLT burger, large fries, and Sprite—now exceeded $16.
Are food prices on the rise, or is it just a personal perception? Unfortunately, once-affordable takeout choices seem to have become notably more costly.
The surge in inflation over the past year has significantly increased the cost of living in the United States, impacting the prices of food and energy.
Despite these economic shifts, Americans have traditionally viewed McDonald’s as a reliable source of inexpensive meals. However, Christopher Olive, a TikTok user, challenges this notion.
In a video posted last year, the aspiring strongman showcased his recent McDonald’s purchase—a large order of fries, a Sprite, and a Smoky Double Quarter Pounder BLT burger. This meal’s price tag, when compared to what might be considered a fair cost, raised eyebrows.
Just a few years ago, a similar meal would typically cost no more than $10, if not less. Christopher expressed his astonishment upon inspecting his receipt, revealing a hefty charge of $16.10 for his meal.
In the video, he remarked, “So I get there’s a labor shortage, I get there’s wage increases and a number of other things but… sixteen dollars? Sixteen dollars for a burger, a large fries, and a drink. It’s just crazy.”
The video has garnered nearly 180,000 views and numerous comments, reflecting diverse opinions. Some criticize the $16 price for a hamburger meal as excessively high. However, others emphasize that rising costs affect the entire supply chain, contributing to these elevated prices.
Commenters shared their perspectives, with one person noting, “Five Guys prices at McDonald’s?!?” Christopher responded, “It’s crazy.” Another individual suggested, “It’s officially not convenient or affordable anymore, might as well go to the store and buy hamburger meat.” A third shared, “I make a lot more of my own food these days because of stuff like this,” to which Christopher agreed, saying, “Exactly. I eat 90 percent from food I cook, and this really shocked me.”
Not everyone sided with the criticism, with some pointing out that the user had chosen the most expensive item on the menu. One comment read, “Bro ordered the most expensive meal they have and acted surprised,” while another said, “Because you got DOUBLE DELUXE BACON quarter pounder, literally the most expensive option on the entire menu.”
Some individuals offered cost-cutting advice for McDonald’s enthusiasts, suggesting downloading the app for discounts, with one person clarifying, “Download the app. You can literally eat McDonald’s for under $6 every time,” and another adding, “Use the McDonald’s app, sometimes they have a 50% off and other offers.”