Unless it is a big, expensive purchase, I no longer ask for receipts because most of them just collect at the bottom of my purse, where they get in the way every time I try to reach for something else.
However, what many people don't know is that while visiting certain retailers and restaurants, requesting a receipt can alter your entire experience in the best way.
A former McDonald's employee is spilling the beans on how simply asking for a receipt can ensure you the freshest meal and best service.
Kamran Adnan, who spent a year working at the fast food chain's various locations in his city, revealed in a Quora forum that the staff usually give special treatment to customers who ask for a receipt.
Apparently, McDonald's employees in many cities are trained to be on the lookout for "mystery shoppers" or "Gapbusters." These are people who are paid to visit retail stores and restaurants then rate their experience.
"This [the review] then goes to the overall store rating and every store manager will do everything to ensure this rating is as positive as possible," Adnan wrote.
These mystery shoppers are difficult to identify because they look and behave like any other customer. But according to Adnan, they usually tend to come in between 12 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., and they always ask for a receipt so their employer can reimburse them.
As soon as the staff suspects that someone may be an undercover patron, "they'll make sure to serve you the freshest burger and fries and give you priority over everyone else."
McDonald's has not backed up Adnan's claims yet, he seems to be speaking from a lot of experience, so we'll just take his word for it.