A former McDonald’s worker has been dubbed “The Robin Hood of McNuggets” after revealing in a tweet that he puts an extra chicken nugget into 10-piece boxes.
The Canadian man, named Cody Bondarchuk, used to work at a McDonald’s restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, and he said in a tweet that nearly every time someone ordered a 10-piece McNuggets box, he adds one more piece of chicken nuggets to the box. Isn’t he a hero?
Cody was employed with McDonald’s for two-and-a-half-years, and he did this act of thoughtfulness during the entire time he had worked with the fast-food chain. He worked there from 2007 to 2009.
If you think that there is no hope to see both kindness and humanity in today’s society anymore, you are wrong because this ex-McDonald’s worker is considered a hero for making people happy by finding out that they get 11 chicken nuggets instead of 10.
Putting one extra chicken nugget into people’s meals made them smile and helped them to feel lucky, this Canadian man is a legend in the eyes of many people.
Revealing this secret on Twitter had aroused people’s interest.
Isn’t it a courageous act ?
The Canadian man shared his secret on Twitter saying: “I worked at McDonald’s for two-and-a-half-years and put 11 nuggets in almost every 10-piece I made”
The tweet has been liked more than 883 000 times and retweeted about 79 000 times, without counting the number of screenshots that were shared on other social media platforms like Facebook, or Instagram.
Some celebrities have shown interest too: Elon Musk liked the tweet, as well as and Michele Romanow from Dragon’s Den, which is very cool according to Cody.
After seeing his post going viral, the 26 years old Canadian joked saying that he “underestimated the world’s love of both nuggets and free stuff.”
Cody has been labeled as the “Robin Hood of McNuggets” because of what he did during the entire time of his employment at McDonald’s.
The attention has also resulted from people listening to HHF (Heart Half Full), Cody’s podcast that gives a “weekly dose of hope and optimism,” and he hopes to parlay his viral moment of fame into a successful run for Edmonton City Council in the upcoming municipal election.
Bondarchuk has already updated his Twitter biography to follow his new status as “The Robin Hood of McNuggets.”
Despite this, Cody said: “Certainly I don’t want a platform just based on nuggets, but anything that gets my name out there, I’m very happy about, because a lot of those things rooted in working-class support is where the platform will go.”
A lot of engagement was shown in responses.
There were a lot of replies encouraging people to do similar acts, someone said: “You are an everyday hero. It’s these little things that can give people a lift!”
Another one tweeted : “Not all heroes wear capes, just name tags.”
The sense of humor was also there, someone joked: “Are you working at a bank now, and if so which branch?”
Not only him, but his coworkers did the same thing when the managers was not around: “It was something that a lot of my coworkers did as well,” he said, and they were never punished for their infractions because no one noticed their act : “It was really easy to overfill them without it looking weird when it was on the delivery line, and of course there are no cameras on the kitchen line” he added.
One of the most interesting questions Cody was asked is: “Did any customer notice and actually thank you for it?”
Cody’s answer was: “The location was mostly drive-thru so not that I can remember, but I’d like to imagine they went home, saw the extra nug, and smiled a little.”
Bondarchuk thinks that when clients recognized that they have had an extra nugget, they thought it was an error, but Cody and his workmates were happy to let them think that.
Even if the nuggets didn’t belong to him, no one can deny that doing this act several times a day for more than two years was an act of courage and selflessness.
About this, he joked and said that he owes Ronald McDonald approximately CAD $ 1,600 (S$1,641) for all the food he gave for free to the company’s clients during the period he worked at the fast-food restaurant.
Bondarchuk responded to someone who asked : “Is there a statute of limitations on grand-theft-nuggets?” Cody said: “I hope so because I calculated it and would owe Ronald about $1,600.”
Not all the comments were positive, some people accused Cody of stealing food from his former employer.
“This is the reason why you struggle to get a pay raise. You kept stealing.” said a user. Cody replied saying that he was promoted twice during the time he was working at McDonald’s.
Another one reminded people who were thanking Bondarchuk that his actions were not “noble”, others were calling his act “corporate theft”, he responded : “I’m doing charity for McDonald’s. If anything I am owed a consulting fee.”
A lot of people were thankful to Cody and one of them said: “Guarantee you made someone’s day at least once a day each day you worked over those years. Nicely done.”
Other former workers of McDonald’s commented that they have given free food to the customers, like upsizing smoothies and french fries portions.
Everyone started sharing their good experiences in situations of workplace kindness, like giving donuts to the homeless people, giving extra mozzarella sticks, or sending fries as a method of flirting!
A user said: “I worked at Subway, and the rule is you can only give people 3 pieces of each topping. 3 pickles, 3 onions, 3 tomatoes max. I would whisper “say when” the customers as if I was committing a felony. Who tf wants only 3 pickle slices”
The Canadian man inspired a lot of people to share their stories of heroism in the places they work in.
One of them said: “I worked at a call center and every single time the customer would ask to waive the late fees I would waive them . No questions asked. I was informed once to stop. I didn’t lol”
Cody responded to everyone that shared his story and said: “EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU DESERVES THOSE BONUS NUGGETS.”
When Cody was asked about the reason behind doing this act, he said that he was often heard stories of people who didn’t get their order right, as people missing sauce packs or a nugget, so his coworkers and he wanted to do something to make people smile.
The “Robin Hood of Mcnuggets” shared the fact that they were never arrested for their infraction and said that its former managers won’t be thinking about him actually.
What is impressing in this story is that Cody did not wait for recognition from people, he did the same act for two and a half years without getting many thanks because most of the customers thought they were benefactors of a mistake, and it was only after he stopped working in McDonald’s that he shared it on Twitter. The main goal was to be a good person, and to stay kind, without necessarily being seen. He mentioned that he felt good about this small act of kindness.