Last week McDonald’s had a special promotion for their new McSkillet Burrito. On Thursday and Friday, they were giving away a free burrito. The commercial promoting it didn’t seem to have any fine print. I’ve never been one to turn down a burrito or a bargain, so there was little doubt that I would be there – both days if the burrito was good.
When I got there on Thursday, there was a surprise waiting for me. It was a free McSkillet Burrito with the purchase of a medium drink. Hmmm, the commercial seemed to lie, but since I was already there, I figured I’d try it out. For $1.49, a drink and burrito is still a decent deal. I grabbed the burrito to go, so I could come back home and get a few errands done. The burrito was decent – about what I expected for the price.
My wife had Friday off from work and she wanted to give this burrito a try. This time we had a couple of errands to run after breakfast so we chose to eat-in. To my surprise, the price was different than yesterday. I almost didn’t realize it. Since it was a different McDonald’s I figured that it may be a case of just one store owner charging more for medium drinks than another. That’s when I noticed something new on my receipt – Eat In Tax. Because I only spent a $1.49, it wasn’t a huge deal – 12 cents. However, on a larger order that 8% would certainly make a difference.
Next time, I think I’ll think twice before I say, “for here.” The seats aren’t that comfortable and the bag works as well as the plastic tray.
[Update: I noticed there are comments that seem to suggest that the “eat in” is just a poor label for a general restaurant tax. However, when I ordered the food to go the day before I didn’t notice this tax (or an equivalent “take out” tax). In fact, I remember paying with a dollar and two quarters.]