McDonald’s worker reveals what the drink lid buttons really mean

McDonald’s workers have revealed what the ‘buttons’ on the lids of the drinks cups mean after a customer was left confused.

You may have already figured it out, but the buttons are designed to make finding your drink in a large order a lot easier especially if you’ve ordered similar drinks like Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Coke Zero.

However, one customer found staff had pressed in a numbered button on one of their drinks but had no idea what it meant, reports The Mirror.

The buttons on the lid were labelled ‘Diet/Light’, ‘No Caff’, ‘1’ and ‘2’ so turning to Reddit for help, they wrote: “My question is about the McDonald’s drink lids which have the ‘buttons’ on them. I just ordered two drinks, one diet coke and one coke classic, and on one of them had the number ‘1’ button pressed.

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“The buttons are the numbers 1 and 2, no caff, diet/light. The only one pressed was the number 1. Which one is diet? Should they have just pushed the diet one in?

“The number 1 means nothing to me but is important I know which is which. Thank you!”

And thankfully McDonald’s workers came forward to clarify what it all means – and it seems the labels above the buttons which left the customer confused don’t really mean anything at all.

One replied: “Yeah seems to be different for every store but we usually just push 1 random button for Diet Coke and then either 2 random or all 4 buttons for Coke Zero.

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“It’s just faster to push random buttons than spend the time to actually find the diet button on every lid I guess.”

A second employee echoed this, writing: “We press one for Diet and either two or four for Zero.”

And another added: “Procedure is anyone for diet and two next to each other for zero.”

So if you’re left confused by a drinks order next time, just remember one button pushed in is the diet version of the drink, and either two or four is a zero-sugar version.

McDonald’s restaurants are currently closed during the national lockdown but some are still open for drive-thru or delivery via Uber Eats.

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