Could 1 person eat 50 McNuggets

From: Craig Anderson
Sent: 01 October 2010 17:24
To: Westhoughton McDonalds
Subject: Chicken Nugget Enquiry

Hi there.

I work in the new-ish building next to the garage, about 2 minutes walk straight forward from the front of your store.

A colleague suggested that they would easily be able to eat 50 McNuggets(tm) during a 40 minute dinner break. I thought about it, and I too believe it could be possible. So I mentioned it to another colleague who, in turn, also thought it was possible to do.

All three of us agree that eating 50 chicken McNuggets(tm) in 40 minutes is entirely possible, and so we would like to enquire whether it would be possible to buy 150 nuggets from your store one lunch time so that all three of us could test the theory.

Obviously 150 is a large number of nuggets to expect you to have in stock at one time so I do understand that, if you ARE able to help, we’d need to give you notice to allow you to cook them ahead of time. If you need payment ahead of time too, to ensure this is not a wind-up, then that is also no problem.

At the moment I’m just enquiring how feasible this all is, so if you’re able to help I’ll need to know a few thing if that is ok….

How much notice would you need to be able to supply 150 nuggets one lunch time?

Would you prefer payment in advance?

What is the best price you are able to supply 150 cooked, ready to eat nuggets for?

How many sauces would we be allowed?

In return for helping you sell WAY over your quota, what are the chances of all three of us having a free drink each too?

Thanks for reading this far, and I look forward to your reply.

Craig Anderson


From: Westhoughton McDonalds
Sent: 01 October 2010 17:35
To: Craig Anderson
Subject: RE: Chicken Nugget Enquiry

Hi

We would not be able to offer any free drinks with this order, as we frequently receive orders like this anyway. We sell portions of 6, 9 and 20 nuggets and 20 chicken nuggets entitles you to four sauces each. We would not need any payment in advance and the order would take approximately 10 minutes to get together.

Thanks for your enquiry
Kind Regards
Joanne


From: Craig Anderson
Sent: 01 October 2010 17:45
To: ‘Westhoughton McDonalds’
Subject: RE: Chicken Nugget Enquiry

Hi Joanne.

Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly.

I am surprised, and very impressed, that orders of this size are frequently received! I’m also impressed that you are able to supply such a high volume on demand. Very impressed!

If you sell them in portions of 6,9 and 20, then which would be the best, (and cheapest,) way to ensure we buy exactly 150?

Finally, (and I’ll try to stop pestering you after this,) would you know how much this order is likely to cost?

Thanks so much for your time. It really is appreciated.

Craig Anderson


From: Westhoughton McDonalds
Sent: 02 October 2010 14:39
To: Craig Anderson
Subject: RE: Chicken Nugget Enquiry

Thank you for your enquiry Craig.

If you would like to call the store today before 4pm or tomorrow between the hours of 8am and 5pm I will answer all your questions. The number is 85####.

However, should you wish call in and speak to me directly that would be better.

Regards,

Jon,
BM.


From: Craig Anderson
Sent: 02 October 2010 21:08
To: ‘Westhoughton McDonalds’
Subject: RE: Chicken Nugget Enquiry

Hi Jon.

Sorry, I don’t work Saturday or Sunday, but I will gladly call in some time during the week if that is ok? I’m in work Mon to Fri, so any day during dinner (between 11:30 and 1:00) or after 4pm is best for me.

In your honest opinion, is eating 50 nuggets achievable?

Craig Anderson


From: Westhoughton McDonalds
Sent: 03 October 2010 07:39
To: Craig Anderson
Subject: RE: Chicken Nugget Enquiry

Call in Monday lunch as this is obviously something you are passionate about.

Thanks,

Jon.



When I received this final email I thought, “He thinks I’m mental, doesn’t he…”

In a way, I like that.

So, at 11:45 on Monday morning, I called in and asked for him. I think Jon was a little suprised I actually existed.

Jon is a genuinely friendly, reassuring guy. He’s the kind of guy you want in charge of things. He looked official yet approachable. I believe that when he read my emails he did initially think I was a nutter. But here in the flesh, wearing a suit and looking like a 36 year old bloke, he could see I was as normal as any other customer. (OK, maybe the pony tail made me a tiny bit more odd.)

We discussed cooking times, how much notice they’d need to get 150 nuggest prepared, the overall cost, and when I asked how many sauces we would be allowed Jon waved his hand in the air and said “Don’t worry about it. As many as you need.”

I liked Jon!

I asked him if HE’D be able to eat 50 nuggets, to which he replied “Of course! It’s just chicken, y’know?” I believed him.

So to recap my earlier questions, using answeres provided directly from Jon…

How much notice would you need to be able to supply 150 nuggets one lunch time?
10 minutes. A batch of nuggets takes 3 mins 25 seconds to make. We just need time to box them.

Would you prefer payment in advance?
No, just order on the day. Phone ahead if you can, but just coming in and paying while ordering is fine.

What is the best price you are able to supply 150 cooked, ready to eat nuggets for?
£3.99 per box of 20.

How many sauces would we be allowed?
Infinate. (that is my wording, not Jon’s)

In return for helping you sell WAY over your quota, what are the chances of all three of us having a free drink each too?
(I didn’t ask this one again, as Jon had been so obliging earlier, so I guess none.)

So on November 2nd 2010, at 12pm, I’ll be broadcasting a live webstream of the event. For details, follow me on Twitter as @AnotherCraig

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