A McDonald’s customer who happens to also be a software engineer had enough after visiting restaurants on separate occasions trying to score a sundae in vain.
So, Rashiq Zahid created McBroken, a web application that maps which ice cream machines are not working at McDonald’s restaurants across the U.S.
“I just made it for fun,” Zahid told The Verge. “But people were like ‘Wow, this is the best thing I’ve seen this entire week.’”
How does it work?
“I reverse engineered McDonald’s internal API and I’m currently placing an order worth $18,752 every minute at every McDonald’s in the U.S. to figure out which locations have a broken ice cream machine,” Zahid wrote on social media.
The world’s largest restaurateur seems to be on board.
“Only a true McDonald’s fan would go to these lengths to help customers get our delicious ice cream,” David Tovar, vice president of communications and government relations for the restaurant, said on social media. “So, thanks! We know we have some opportunities to consistently satisfy even more customers with sweet treats and we will.”