On Tuesday night I was alone with the kids, feeling lazy and I found that we had nothing in the house for dinner. I decided to deal with this state of affairs by taking the kids to the grocery store and bribing them with the possibility of going out for dinner if they were well behaved.
The kids were good at the store and so I let them pick where to go for dinner. Guess what they picked? McDonalds….of course. We don’t go to McDonalds very often (the last time was for Big Boy’s birthday in Budapest) so they are very excited to eat fast food.
We went to the McDonalds at our local ASDA (Bridge of Dee in Aberdeen) because it is the closest McDonalds that I know of to our home. I got the kids set up at a table with a highchair and I cleaned the tray. Then I went to order our meals. The food came out quickly and the clerk actually brought our food to the table.
Unfortunately, it was only at that point that they informed us that they were out of ketchup. I could not believe it! Ketchup is one of the courses that Big Boy names when he tells me what he wants to eat (for example - if I ask Big Boy what he wants for dinner, he says “fish fingers, ketchup, peas, carrots, hummus and rice”) and it is essential for his enjoyment of food at McDonalds. I was surprised that they did not let us know of the shortage before we ordered…they could have even had a sign up in the front of the tills warning customers.
Funny thing, this is the same McDonalds that did not have coffee and tea for weeks late last year….http://janiceljlj.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/mcdonalds-and-kids.html
Now, you might be thinking "she was at ASDA, why didn't she just buy a bottle of ketchup if it was that important, it is, after all, a grocery store..." The thought did cross my mind, but I could not think of a way to do it without leaving the kids entirely out of my sight and unsupervised for quite a few minutes. I never leave my kids alone so this was out of the question. The real questions is why did McDonalds not buy some big squeezy ketchup bottles for their customers?