Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. That’s the word of caution coming from McDonald’s in response to a viral rumor suggesting the fast food giant is cheating you out of a full serving of fries with your extra value meal.

The rumor, of course, started blowing up thanks to a Reddit discussion about secret tricks of the trade in various industries were being shared by supposed former employees of a variety of businesses. The McDonald’s practice supposedly had employees opening the fry containers in a way that would lead to the appearance of having a full side of fries without actually maximizing the fry contents.

I worked at McDonald’s and they taught me how to pinch the fry carton just right while putting the fries into them so that it looked full, but actually wasn’t.

I only had 1 customer call me out on it. He shook the fries out into his bag and poured them back into the fry carton himself and it only filled up half way, so I had to give him more fries. I was impressed and embarrassed. It’s been 7 years and I can still see his face.

Now, McDonald’s is fighting back against what the company must consider fake news. In a rather blunt statement to Business Insider, McDonald’s backed their policies regarding food preparation and service.

“The notion of a secret trick is absolutely false,” Terri Hickey, a spokesperson for McDonald’s, said in the statement. “There are strict procedures in place to ensure that fry boxes and bags are appropriately filled so our customers can enjoy our World Famous Fries to the fullest.”

It may be true that McDonald’s as a company does not endorse such practices, but we’ll leave a sliver of room for the possibility there may be some store managers who have practices the company’s corporate leadership may not be happy with.

I think this requires my own test, so I’ll run out to McDonald’s later this week and get some fries and see how much room is left over in my fries.

[Business Insider/Photo: Food Network]

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