A TikTok video of a McDonald’s employee “stripping” the cup sizes of the fast food chain was viewed 11.9 million times at the time of writing this article.
In March, TikTok user Mikah Neufeld, who runs in the app at @mykah.mykah and appears to be a McDonald’s employee in Canada after the cup design, uploaded a video with the headline “They do be lying to us doe”. The clip seems to show how he pours the same amount of Coca-Cola into three cups of different sizes.
The video has since accumulated more than 1.6 million likes, 12,000 comments and millions of views.
With the words “Guys, I’ve got something figured out” on the screen, Neufeld takes the small McDonald’s cup of Coke and pours it into the middle cup, which fills up to the top. Then he takes the middle cup and pours the drink into the big cup, which also fills up to the top, indicating that all three cups contain the same amount of liquid.
However, not all viewers were convinced that Neufeld had really revealed something, which triggered a debate about the video being a hoax.
Several TikTok users suspected that the McDonald’s employee had already partially filled the medium and large cups so that they would appear full when the contents of the smaller cup were poured in.
As many viewers pointed out, Neufeld did not show the bottom of the cups, so it is not clear whether they already contained liquid.
TikTok user @randomtiktokian said: “This is what happens when you lightly fill each of the cups and then pour more into them,” while @alexionut04 said: “So nobody knows that they put some cola into the cups before refilling them?
Neufeld liked some of these comments, which could indicate that the video is fake, but he also posted four clown emoticons with the comment: “People who think there was already cola in the cups.” He also said that the video was fake.
Some TikTok users pointed out that even if the video wasn’t fake, it wouldn’t make much difference since all cup sizes in the U.S. cost $1.
TikTok user @me_angle said, “It doesn’t really make a difference, though, because they all cost the same,” and @widewithord said, “But just as they all cost a dollar, it does matter.
Other eagle-eyed viewers noticed that two lines seemed to be drawn on the largest cup, perhaps a guide to help Neufeld prefill the cup so he could pull off his prank.
Washington Newsday asked McDonald’s and Mikah Neufeld for a comment.