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Why are McDonald's ice cream machines always broken?

Why are McDonald's ice cream machines always broken?

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The McFlurry is one of the best-selling dessert items on the McDonald's menu. And yet as almost any McFlurry fan will attest, the soft serve machines used to make them are constantly breaking down. It happens so often that McDonald's itself once tweeted "we have a joke about our soft serve machine but we're worried it won't work."

Today on The Indicator, we're getting to the bottom of what's really behind the broken McDonald's ice cream machine conundrum. And we find out why McFlurries are so important to the economy that the Federal Trade Commission is getting involved.

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