Canadian man's chicken McNugget confession has gone viral
Some heroes wear capes. Others wear starched golf shirts, uncomfortable McUniform pants and some type of visor or hairnet.
Meet Cody Bondarchuk — the newly minted and freshly-famous "Robin Hood of McNuggets."
The 26-year-old Edmonton resident unexpectedly vaulted himself to internet fame on Friday afternon with a simple tweet about a job he'd had in high school.
Bondarchuck was 14 when he started at McDonald's in 2007, or so the story goes. He worked there for two-and-a-half years, during which time he says he snuck one extra chicken nugget into every order of 10 that came his way.
I worked at McDonald’s for two and a half years and I put 11 nuggets in almost every 10-piece I made— Cody Bondarchuk (@codybondarchuk) November 16, 2019
The young man's confession has racked up nearly 1 million likes on Twitter (including one from Elon Musk!) in just four days, garnering roughly 80,000 retweets and thousands of comments.
"You sir, are an American hero!" wrote one new fan, to which Bondarchuck replied "I am Canadian but merci!"
"Is there a statute of limitations on grand-theft-nuggets?" joked another.
"I hope so because I calculated it and I would owe Ronald about $1,600," replied Bondarchuck, who now works in politics and co-hosts a podcast called Heart Half Full.
Adam Smith: "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner"— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) November 17, 2019
McDonald's guy: WRONG https://t.co/TxPrh4L8nB
Bondarchuck told CTV News this week that his corporate overlords never noticed the missing nugs, and that customers never came back to point out the mistake (because why would they?)
When asked on Twitter if anyone ever thanked him for the extra food, Bondarchuck said no.
"The location was mostly drive-thru so not that I can remember," he said. "But I'd like to imagine they went home, saw the extra nug, and smiled a little."
More than a decade later, it's becoming apparent that he was far from alone in his Robin Hood-like antics: Hundreds of people have come forward in the comments section of his tweet to admit that they, too, hustled Big Fast Food out of a few extra cents.
When I worked at Arby’s I used to give extra mozzarella sticks because if rather do that than throw them out. I also got in trouble for giving people water in the large cups when they asked for water bc we were supposed to charge 50¢ for large water which is bs.— gry toyt (@im_dead666) November 17, 2019
"I did a similar! McDonald's milkshakes were 'sposed to weigh exactly 10 3/4 oz," replied one Twitter user. "I made some of them 11-12 oz because I'm that kinda girl."
"When I worked at BK, we were told to put fries in the sleeve, but we were not to stuff them," wrote another. "Whenever my manager wasn't there or around, I would stuff them to where they would overflow into the bag. I'd rather that than throw them away once they got cold or give people cold ones."
"I worked at a donut shop, and at the end of each day we had to throw out old donuts," said another hero still.
"So I gave all the old donuts to the local homeless people for free instead of feeding the dumpster. solidarity."
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