With school holidays just around the corner, McDonald's has made the deeply unpopular decision to increase the price of its hash browns. Previously costing $1.95, the fried potato snacks will now set you back $2.20. This is one of the worst things that has ever happened in the history of the human race.
As reported in the Daily Telegraph, hash browns are no longer the McDonald's snack to buy when you only have $2. The price was reportedly increased by 25 cents yesterday morning, leaping from $1.95 to $2.20.
"Like all business from time to time we review our prices which may result in slight changes,” a spokesperson for the company told Lifehacker.
While 25 cents might not sound like much, it does force you to faff about with loose change when you're paying with cash - an aggravation nobody needs. Meanwhile, Hungry Jack's is still selling its (admittedly inferior) hash browns for $1 a pop.
It's worth noting that this isn't the first time McDonald's or its franchisees have changed the price of hash browns. In the past, we've seen them go for as much as $2.45. But the general consensus is that this specific snack should stay below $2.
Mind you, if the price hike means people eat less of these things, all the better. A single hash brown packs in 638kJ of energy, 9.5g of fats and 352mg of sodium. That's a lot of nutritional damage in such a small snack.
Today's offer of free breakfast at McDonald's was a free hash brown. To see just how much you can get from the deal, I visited six Melbourne CBD McDonald's over the course of an hour, tried to score a free hash brown at each one, and tested the speed of the free Wi-Fi as well. How did I fare? How was the free Wi-Fi? And will my waistline ever recover?
[Via Daily Telegraph]