We’ve all had it happen to us. You just want some ice cream so you head on over to McDonald’s, order your Oreos McFlurry or vanilla cone and the drive-thru operator tells you, “Sorry, our ice cream machine is out of service right now.” You immediately have a personal crisis because you don’t want an apple pie for dessert. It happens so often that there are even memes about the McDonald’s ice cream machine breaking down.
You may be broke inside, but you’re nowhere near the level of McDonald’s ice cream machine broke inside. Finally, someone is doing something about this national calamity. There is now an app that tells you if your local McDonald’s ice cream machine is down or not. Now you don’t have to endure the soul-crushing disappointment of not getting ice cream thanks to the Ice Check app. Users can search McDonald’s locations to see if their ice cream machine is operational or not. Users update the app when they order ice cream from Mickey D’s and then notify the rest of us on which McDonald’s to avoid so we don’t waste our time and energy seeking ice cream that is not available.
Ice Check’s creator, Raina McLeod, told BuzzFeed, “I came up with the idea for the app around a year ago, after a late night Oreo McFlurry craving went unfulfilled due to the ice cream machine being down.”
The description of the game-changing app that launched in April from the iTunes App Store: “Finally, a way to find WORKING McDonald’s ice cream machines — right from your phone! Ice Check will tell you if the machines are UP or DOWN in real-time, using crowd-sourced info and input from participating locations.” Imagine how much your phone would be blowing up with notifications of every McDonald’s in a 25-mile radius not having functional ice cream machines?
What if I told you that there are probably slim chances that there are widespread ice cream machine failures happening regularly and more likely that McDonald’s employees don’t want to make you an ice cream cone with sprinkles? They broke down the ice cream machine early to bust out of work ASAP. The world is a cruel place.