Good evening readers, well today was long day. I had to wait for Billy to get off work, plan out our motives, get the camera prepped, etc… but let me backtrack a bit.

Yesterday, Billy and I called each other up as we were trying to pick where an “Out-of-Order” sign would work most effectively. Should we put it by the cranes by PHS? No, constuction workers would certainly be able to tell it is fake. How about in a freezer in Pathmark? Well, that would work, but how would we catch somebody falling for the prank?

Then we came up with the perfect idea. The McDonalds drive-thru. It is the perfect place for an “Out-of-Order” sign to go. It is completely away from any management or employees (being the nature of a “drive-thru”), it is entirely visible, and if properly done, can cause massive confusion by both management and the customers. We talked out how it was gonna work, but from that point the plan was set.

So, I waited for 2 for Billy to get off work and I met him at his house. There, we set up the battle plan. We were going to sit across from the drive-thru, throw the signs up, and buy ourselves lunch to make us look as inconspicuous as possible sitting there on the curb. We then photocopied two of the “Out-of-Order” signs on the book (seen below).


After copying these signs, we headed down to McDonalds. We walked inside, keeping the “Out-of-Order” signs and the camera hidden from sight, and ordered ourselves lunch. Billy got a cheeseburger with no pickles and a small soda. I myself got a plain cheeseburger, a small french fry, and a small water.

We then went outside and took the two signs. The big sign was put on the order menu before the speakers, and the small colored one was put up by Billy on the speaker itself. We sat back and waited for the first car to come through… which did not take very long at all. The first came rolling in almost as soon as we had put the sign up. However (as seen in the video) they ignored both and just ordered. My theory is that they saw me putting up the signs which why they were not so easily fooled.

Then, we waited…and waited…and waited. But finally the second car came rolling through (also in the video). It paused at the first order menu and stared at the sign. Then quickly moved along to the next menu/speaker, saw the second sign and drove right on through. At this point Bill and I started laughing our asses off.

We waited for the next car to come, but within the next minute, we saw the manager (whom we will call Mr. L) come out, rush to the drive-thru menu, look at us, look at the sign again, look at us again, and yelled (humorously), “Get this shit off!” He then, tore it off himself and walked back into the store. We followed him in, to explain why we were doing it and to thank him for taking the whole situation so lightly.

He thought the project was funny and said that he would check out the website (but he did not want his name, picture, or image on the site for management purposes which is why that part is not in the film). He then recounted on the mayhem we caused. Apparently, the customer we tricked, rushed up to the pick-up window and ordered there. Mr. L told us, downright she was a bitch. The conversation went something like this:

Mr. L: (confused) Hello?

Bitch: Why the hell isn’t the drive-thru working.

Mr. L: What? Im not sure what you are talking about. It is working.

Bitch: Then WHY would you put an ‘Out-of-Order” sign on it?! Huh?

Mr. L: Mam, we didn’t put any sign out there, but I will go check it out. Now what would you like?…

We then apologized for any trouble we caused and shook his hand and were off into the pouring rain. we had to walk all the way home. I guess it was karma in a way. But mission accomplished, we confused and screwed with at least one customer and I am already getting a good April Fool’s Day prank as an idea. I would call the “Out-of-Order” sign a success. That said, we have some easy tasks for the upcoming days, but I will keep you posted with all of my doings. Until next time.