(NEXSTAR) – Tired of broken ice cream machines, a 24-year-old ice cream enthusiast managed to reverse engineer the McDonald’s app to create a map of every broken ice cream machine in the United States.
Rashiq Zahid, a software engineer, came up with the idea this summer after he didn’t order McSundae from a McDonald’s in Berlin because the machine didn’t work.
The card up mcbroken.com tracks the percentage of restaurants that currently have broken ice cream machines and uses red and green labels to identify stores that currently serve soft ice cream.
Zahid told The Verge that he has built a bot that places orders at all McDonald’s locations to determine if the machine is currently working.
Zahid said the tool was made as a joke, but he was surprised to learn that many people found it useful.
I just made it for fun, ”said Zahid. “But people were like, ‘Wow, this is the best I’ve seen this week.'”
David Tovar, McDonald’s VP of US Communications, appears to be backing the soft serve savior.
“Only a true @ McDonalds fan would go so far as to help customers get us delicious ice cream! So thank you!” Tovar tweeted. “We know we have some opportunities to consistently satisfy even more customers with sweet treats and we will.”
According to Eat This, Not That! Several McDonald’s franchise owners recently formed a research team to “search for a permanent solution to the soft serve ice cream machine problem”.