You’ll Wish You Never Read These Dirty Secrets Spilled by Former Fast Food Workers
You’ve definitely heard rumors about your favorite fast food places, but many have turned out to be urban legends. Now, it’s time to learn what actual employees have to say about fast food chains. Keep reading to hear what awful secrets they revealed — page 9 absolutely disgusts us — about the places we love to visit.
1. Spitting in food
According to information an ex-manager of McDonald’s gave the website Delishably, employees really do spit in the food. Because this is everyone’s worst nightmare, mitigate your chances of it happening to you by being nice to the person taking your order. Very, very nice.
Next: No truth in advertising
2. Frozen, not fresh
One Wendy’s ex-employee told the website whisper, “… the beef is ‘always frozen, never fresh.’” Another said, “I tell everyone it’s the best fast food quality but no one knows how filthy the store is.”
Next: Bring a hazmat suit.
3. Biological health hazard
Someone who worked at Subway told the Mirror that the chain’s cutting boards are a health hazard. “Trust me. We wipe them off all the time, but we only clean them twice a month,” he reported. He went on to say, “In fact, if you notice an employee wrapping your sandwich in deli paper THEN the sandwich paper, tell them the f*** not to.”
Next: Yucky yard bird
4. A chicken patty’s journey
According to one Reddit user who worked at Sonic, you should never order the grilled chicken. Apparently it starts life as a frozen chicken patty, gets grilled, and then gets tossed into a steam broiler so it stays warm.
The Reddit user said the company’s rules stated that employees must replace the patties every two hours, but his manager would reprimand him if he pulled them out before four hours.
Next: Odious oil
5. Old oil makes for bad-tasting food
KFC has been selling chicken since 1930 — and it remains a hugely popular American chain. But one ex-employee doesn’t think it’s so great.
He wrote on Reddit, “… we were supposed to change the fryer oil every couple days. Our penny-pinching manager had us change it every couple weeks. We’d just skim off the ‘floaters’ and cover it at night.”
Next: This will give you nightmares.
6. Rampant roaches here
Another Reddit user who previously worked at Starbucks revealed some shocking information about the store where he worked. It was full of bugs.
He wrote, “I worked at a Starbucks where they allowed a full on roach infestation. They were everywhere. The pastry case, in the storage, around the dry powders but the worst was we saw one (and just to make this clear, this 100% happened) crawl out of the espresso spout in the machines. Eventually, one of our regulars put in a complaint at the health department.”
Next: Mystery meat
7. Perhaps not suitable for human consumption
There’s nothing quite like a meat taco at Taco Bell. Literally. One Reddit user who used to work there wrote, “… and you DO NOT want to see how the meat comes into the store. The meat we use for the tacos and other things of the sort comes in big plastic bags labeled ‘suitable for human consumption.’ They smell absolutely awful until we put the seasonings in.”
Next: Don’t return this item.
8. Fresh fries — maybe not
That ex-manager of McDonald’s gave the website Delishably more information about the chain. He stressed that employees absolutely hate when customers say their fries are cold, even though they just came out of the fryer. He said, “When you do this, it’s the same as asking for a fresh hamburger — you’ll get old fries dunked in the oil for 15 seconds.”
Next: Gross gloves
9. Gloves don’t mean the food is clean
The same McDonald’s ex-manager told Delishably that the food there isn’t really sanitary. Specifically, he said, “Your food isn’t extra sanitary just because the grill workers wear gloves. Those same employees take out trash and even go to the bathroom without removing their gloves. I’ve also seen them scratch a few special places on their body while wearing gloves.” Ew. Just ew.
Next: Pastries and prices
10. Frozen pastries and high prices
A Reddit user who previously worked at Starbucks had something to say about its pastries — and its prices. He wrote, “All the pastries come frozen and we defrost them. We think they’re overpriced too, don’t complain about the price, if it’s too expensive for you then Starbucks is not the place for you. Everything is overpriced here.”
Next: Don’t ask this question.
11. Malodorous meatballs
An ex-Subway employee told the Mirror that the meatballs aren’t always super fresh. He suggests, “Early mornings ask if the meatballs are fresh. You’ll be told ‘yes’ no matter what, but if they have to go check it’s actually a guaranteed no — they’re checking to see if they can pass as fresh. Trust me, meatballs are annoying to prep, we know damn well if they’re fresh or not without needing to check.” He also cautioned about another sandwich, saying, “… just be careful about the roast beef, because that tends to go bad the quickest.”
Next: Don’t drink this at one of your favorite chains.
12. Sour milk
Another ex-Starbucks employees revealed a rather disturbing fact about the milk there. He wrote, “During rush hour, baristas often leave the milk jugs out rather than return it to the fridge between use because you’re pouring milk literally every 30 seconds. Unfortunately this means the milk temperature rises above safe levels and bacterial growth duplicates.”
Next: Don’t order these, whatever you do.
13. You might not be getting what you ordered
An ex-McDonald’s manager told the website Delishably that some items aren’t exactly what they claim to be. For example, he wrote, “McRibs aren’t always McRibs. McRibs take forever to cook, and orders have to be filled quickly. In a pinch, employees throw hamburger patties in the McRib container and drench them with sauce. I never saw a customer return one, so I guess nobody notices.”
Next: Lettuce lament
14. Bad lettuce
More from the ex-McDonald’s manager: He told Delishably a real horror story about almost being fired. He said, “The owner of one franchise I worked at threatened to fire me once. My offense? Refusing to use a case of lettuce that had expired TEN DAYS AGO. The lettuce was brown and just plain nasty. I threw it away anyway. I knew that legally, she couldn’t fire me for that — and if she did, I would have reported her the second I received my termination notice.
Next: Don’t be rude, or this might happen.
15. In a pickle
Someone who used to work at Wendy’s told the website whisper that he didn’t dig when customers were rude. He wrote, “I work at Wendy’s and when people are rude to me, I put a pickle in their frosty.” Who knows, maybe it will catch on as a new menu item.
Next: Fresh off the grill
16. Be careful what you ask for
Back to McDonald’s. The ex-manager told Delishably that you really shouldn’t ask for food fresh off the grill. It annoys the employees, and it “…will not really get you fresh food. It’ll get you a dried up hamburger patty dunked in grease so that it looks fresh. It’s insulting to ask for fresh food at a store where the food is actually fresh.”
Next: Be nice, or you might get something other than what you asked for.
According to one Reddit user who worked at Starbucks, if you’re rude to a barista you might just get decaf shots in your drink. Or if you’re rude and “you order a skinny drink, someone might use real syrup.”
Next: Possibly the grossest thing on the list
18. Unsanitary practices
A Wendy’s ex-employee told the website whisper something so awful it’s difficult to type. According to the employee, “I work at Wendy’s for a living and literally never wash my hands or wear gloves while making food.”
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