As the age-old saying goes, there’s only three certainties in life; death, taxes, and the McDonald’s ice cream machine being broken.
It’s a long-running joke among fans of the fast food chain that the machine always seems to be out of order whenever they crave a McFlurry, and rumours have circulated over the cause.
Former employees have even stirred the pot, with one recently claiming that staff simply tell customers the machine is broken because they can’t be bothered to clean it.
But now streamer and former Big Brother contestant Jack McDermott, known as PieFace online, appears to have had the final say during an appearance on the Happy Hour Podcast.
During a conversation in which he discussed his time working at McDonald’s with podcast hosts JaackMaate and Stevie White, he was asked why the ice cream machine is “always broken”.
And it turns out there’s a very simple explanation, as he said: “Now this is another thing that grinds my gears, sorry to use Peter Griffin’s phrase, but it does.
“I saw a video on Twitter and some guy was tweeting – and it was getting lots of like and interactions – like ‘I work there, it’s because of all of this’.
“It’s a pretty simple reason, and that’s that they are so expensive they will only buy one per store but because it gets so much use it just overheats.
“So that’s why they have to stop serving them because it just overheats. So when it’s too popular they need to allow more time for it to freeze down.
“That’s the genuine reason as to why when they say they can’t serve McFlurries, that’s why. It needs like 15 minutes because it’s pumping out so quickly sometimes.
“Basically it comes out like slush. Obviously if they had two machines it would solve that but it’s just the McDonald’s way.”
So there you have it, the worldwide debate has finally been settled.