A St.Paul Minnesota man claims to have eaten at more than half of the McDonald’s restaurants in the world, and live to tell about it. Quickly doing the math, if there are 33,000 of the famous chain worldwide, then that means Paul Dickinson has eaten at 15,000 of them.
Well, 15,007 to be exact. I don’t know whether to be impressed or thoroughly disgusted. Having eaten at a Mickey D’s myself, I’ll go with disgusted.
The 52-year-old first dined at the Golden Arches when he was a young lad of 11. It soon became a habit of eating at McDonald’s, then a quest, and now something of a record of sorts.
“I ate at my first McDonald’s when I was 11 years old. I was out shopping for back-to-school clothes with my mother and sisters, and we stopped at McDonald’s in Roseville, Minn.,” said Dickinson, who is 52. “When it became a habit, I figured I’d start writing down all the McDonald’s I’ve been to. This was in July 1984, when my total was 112 McDonald’s in the U.S. and six in Canada.”
42 years later and Dickinson is up to 15,007, which works out to one a day, so it is possible. But 15,007 different McDonald’s restaurants? That would be nearly impossible unless your job required a lot of traveling. Fortunately for Dickinson, his job of inspecting foods of area convenience stores does.
Dickinson’s favorite menu items are the McRib, and fresh McDonald’s fries right out of the deep fryer. His trick for getting them hot and fresh? Ask for ones without salt.
What’s next for our McDonald’s loving friend? Hopefully hitting the 20,000 restaurant mark, which should be a walk in the park for Dickinson, so long as all those previous trips to McDonald’s don’t catch up to him first. I think after 20,000 different McDonald’s restaurants, the corporation gives you a free stomach pump—well, at least they should.