So, pretty much all of them, then?
There’s almost nothing worse than getting all hyped up for a Maccie’s, excitedly passing those warming Golden Arches into the drive-thru, before having your dreams completely crushed at the window when you discover that – for what feels like the 900th time – the ice cream machine is once again, broken. It’s like an arrow through the heart every single time, so much so, even Federal officials in the US are investigating why they’re broken so bloody much. In the words of Kris Jenner, this really is a ‘case for the FBI’.
Fixing the problem in the meantime, Germany-based Infrastructure Engineer @rashiq on Twitter has created a genius map highlighting every single McDonald’s in the world – marking in a simple red if the ice cream machine is broken, and green if it’s good to go.
Unsurprisingly, it’s almost a 50/50 split across Birmingham and the West Midlands, with tons of restaurants showing as ‘McBroken’ on the map. And while it’s a devastating thought knowing that they’re likely be no strawberry milkshake in store for you today, the handy map is definitely useful in saving us a trip if no ice cream is a total dealbreaker.
The tool, which was developed just last year, cleverly uses McDonald’s internal API to find out which Maccie’s are in full action, placing orders worth thousands and thousands of dollars every single minute to get the information.
In the Birmingham area, restaurants at Broadwalk Retail Park in Walsall, Oldbury, Tyburn, Olton, Holyhead Road near Smethwick, and Northfield have flagged as inactive, with the vast majority across the West Midlands marked in the doom-inducing red. Although the city centre is looking OK, for now…
Want to check if your local restaurant is out-of-action? Head over to the map here.