McDonald's fast-food joints across the country are experiencing a highly-publicized shortage of milkshakes which is almost unfathomable. Yet, one reporter's account may have painted the situation more severe than it is.
The shortage of milkshakes experienced by McDonald's drive-thrus across states has left many people in stitches as they strive to get their much-desired sugar fix.
With the internet exploding over the McDonald's milkshake dearth, the last thing one needs is an accompanying crisis. However, ITV's Peter Smith seemed to think differently, craftily painting the milkshake shortage as a crisis in itself.
Photo of a reporter talking to a customer | Photo: twitter.com/R_xchh
Smith took an on-the-job tour of different branches of the all-time favorite fast food joint in an attempt to capture the full extent of the situation, as well as customers' reactions to the shocking scarcity.
The reporter did a good job of the tour, coming up with an overwhelming story many deem exaggerated. Twitter user @Rach has since called out the news outlet for their dramatic report, saying:
"ITV News making the McDonald's milkshake shortage out like a global pandemic."
Photo of a McDonald drive-thru signage | Photo: Pexels
The report opened with Smith making a dramatic introduction while driving his car towards the fast-food joint. He noted that the last thing anyone expected to happen after stopping by a McDonald's drive-thru on a sunny day was about to happen to him.
He then proceeded to order two strawberry milkshakes from the server as he pulled over at the drive-thru. The reporter feigned shock and disbelief as the server politely informed him that his orders could not be fulfilled as there were no milkshakes.
The clip then cut to an overview of the restaurant, showing different customers as the Scottish reporter's enhanced voice sounded in the background: "We saw how the McDonald's milkshake shortage was affecting others."
He proceeded to interview patrons at the fast-food joint, recording their mostly "disappointed" reactions. His first interviewee, who admitted to feeling disappointed, decided to patronize a nearby ice cream shop to get his sugary treat instead.
Smith interviewed a woman who could hardly believe McDonald's could experience a shortage and a man who admitted to feeling distraught by the development. Despite considering Smith's presentation of the milkshake dearth over-the-top, @Rach found the account hilarious, accompanying her tweet with a series of laugh emojis.
The tweet garnered over 47,000 likes and tons of retweets within 24 hours. Many Twitter users were in awe of the reporter's somber approach to the story.
One person tweeted: "I'm still dying at this. The sincerity in the way the reporter says, 'you've got to figure it out all by yourself,' when the guy says he's going to look for a milkshake around the corner."
Many criticized the reporter and the news outlet for their seeming misplaced priorities, with one user sharing: "In a so-called global health crisis, and a news outlet focuses on a shortage of an extremely unhealthy beverage."
The Twitter user also found it laughable that someone who cared enough about his health to wear a mask was disappointed by his inability to purchase an unhealthy drink. The comment was aimed at Smith's first interviewee.
Others found it inappropriate to classify any food as unhealthy, as various meals were unique to one's taste and preference. A user commented: "No food is inherently unhealthy. Man wants a milkshake, get a milkshake."
Many users likened the milkshake shortage to previous global shortages experienced by other restaurants in the past, including the 2018 KFC dearth.
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