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People Are Freaking Out Over This Guy's Made Up Story About Getting A Milkshake At 1 A.M.

Weird stuff happens at McDonald's in the middle of the night. UPDATE: Josh Raby tweeted on Wednesday that he had fabricated everything in his story except for the fact he did go get a milkshake at 1 a.m.

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Josh Raby is a Nashville-based director and writer. On Sunday night, he decided to go to his local McDonald's and get a milkshake. He shared what he said was his bizarre adventure on Twitter and now everyone's freaking out about it.


OK, so, obviously, this story leaves A LOT of questions that need to be answered:

1) What's the deal with the couple?

2) Were they playing hide-and-seek?

3) Why couldn't they make Raby's milkshake?

4) Why were they so interested in selling Raby apple pies?

5) What about the other guy? What was the other guy doing?

6) What was wrong with Raby's chicken sandwich?

Luckily, BuzzFeed News got a hold of Raby and was able to get some more information about his totally surreal journey to McDonald's for a milkshake.

Raby assured BuzzFeed News that his story happened exactly the way he described it in his tweets. When asked about specifics, like where the McDonald's location was, Raby said he'd rather not disclose where this happened.

"I would prefer not to involve the actual McDonald's," he said. "Because I have no interest in regular working folks catching heat over my silly experience at 1 in the morning."

As for what exactly was going on, he said his theory is that the guy who took his order was a grill worker who heard him drive up and decided to take his order.

"I have worked in customer service during graveyard shifts," Raby said. "It gets pretty loose. You gotta make your life yours somehow."

As for how they got his chicken sandwich order wrong, they put lettuce on it even though he asked them not to.

While Raby doesn't want to get anyone in trouble, BuzzFeed News has reached out to McDonald's to see if anyone else has reported a similarly weird and delightful experience at a McDonald's in the Nashville area.

Summing up the experience, Raby wrote on Twitter, "I ain't got any problem with weirdo working folks. Let them have their strange love."


Also, as Raby's story has gone more and more viral, the reactions from people online have been pretty great.

@JoshRaby Welcome to McHell, this is Satan, can I take your order?

@JoshRaby FWIW, having worked nights at Burger King during high school, my only surprise is there wasn't even more weirdness.

Friends, @JoshRaby told one of the best Twitter Stories ever tonight. Like the finale of LOST it leaves open more questions than it answers.

And luckily for the frisky McCouple, people seem to be having fun with it.

@JoshRaby are you sure this wasn't the Krusty Krab?

@JoshRaby I just laughed out loud at the story. That's like something out of a Judd Apatow comedy. How did you handle it so well?

@JoshRaby @Redov124 this was the most amazing, bizarre, (beautiful?) thing I've ever read. I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster


On Wednesday, Josh Raby tweeted that his story was "unadulterated foolishness straight out of my head" and that he did apparently go get a milkshake at 1 a.m., but that everything else was fake.

Which does sort of mean he got his milkshake in the end, I suppose.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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