Man Claims He Used ChatGPT To Get 100's Of Free McDonald's Meals

The self-proclaimed 'millionaire' businessman revealed that for months, he's been using ChatGPT to claim freebies from the fast food chain.

Written byBen Hayward
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A man claims he has used AI technology to get hundreds of free McDonald's meals.

While it may not be one of the more practical applications of artificial intelligence we’ve encountered, it certainly seems to have worked a treat for its discoverer, 22-year-old Amazon seller, Gage.

Co-hosting All Things The Podcast, the self-proclaimed 'millionaire' businessman revealed that for months, he's been using ChatGPT to claim freebies from the fast food chain.

Over the past nine months, Gage says he's received over 100 free meals from Maccies, explaining that the first thing he does is 'steal receipts from tills or tables' before using their unique code to fill in the McDonald's feedback survey.

It’s at this point the AI comes in, as he uses it to make fake complaints, claiming he's had a 'horrible experience' at McDonald’s.

He explained: “If you just put you’re highly dissatisfied with every single answer and then use ChatGPT - you just type in something like, ‘Write about a time that I had a horrible experience at McDonald’s where I ordered a Big Mac and make it under 1,200 characters’”.


Next he says: “Copy that, you paste in... it’s usually really bad. And if it’s not bad enough, you might type, ‘Make it worse.'

“You punch that in, fill in an email, boom. In, like, 12 hours, a representative will send you an email with one, two, or three or four meal vouchers completely for free.”

While it may seem like a clever way of bagging yourself free food, the tactic is far from harmless. In fact, Gage says his local branch will now refuse to give him a receipt following the masses of bad reviews.

“They’ve plastered posters up everywhere saying 'please fill in the survey and put highly satisfied’," he said.

On top of that, many of the podcast’s listeners and viewers were pretty shocked by Gage's attitude to what he's been doing, with many raising concerns that it could lead to the branch being closed down.

“‘It doesn’t harm anyone.’ It will when McDonald’s shut down that branch because it’s had thousands of bad reviews because someone is too cheap to buy a 99p burger,” one person wrote.

And another said: “It does harm people, though. McDonald’s obviously target their franchisees and if customer satisfaction drops below a certain threshold then they risk losing the franchise.”

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