The McDonald’s ice cream machine is broken? FTC wants to know why

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This Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 photo shows the exterior of a McDonald’s restaurant in Mebane, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating why the McDonald’s ice cream machine is always broken, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

WSJ reports the FTC sent letters to McDonald’s franchisees over the summer asking what’s going on with the ice cream machines. (The FTC declined to comment to the Wall Street Journal.)

The report says McDonald’s franchise owners have complained about how complicated the machines are and that fixing them when they break is hard.

The FTC wants to learn how suppliers and equipment are reviewed, and whether or not restaurant owners are allowed to work on the machines in their own stores, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A 24-year-old ice cream fan fed up with McDonald’s oft-broken machines managed to reverse-engineer the McDonald’s app to create a map of every broken soft serve machine in the United States.

The map, coined McBroken, tracks the percentage of restaurants that currently have broken ice cream machines and uses red and green labels to identify stores serving up soft serve.

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