Horrifying Fast Food Worker Confessions

Horrifying Fast Food Worker Confessions

You might not want to think about it, but
some pretty shady stuff goes on behind the scenes at fast food restaurants, and these
workers are ready to spill. From sketchy food prep practices to dirty
equipment, these confessions might make you think twice about hitting up that drive-thru
again. Delicious fast food doesn’t just rain from
the heavens, like gifts from the gods of fat, salt, and sugar. It’s made by the hopefully washed hands of
hard-working, underpaid employees who know all the gruesome details about how the sausage
is made. Most customers like to keep their heads in
the sand when it comes to how their meals are prepared, because honestly, the less you
know the better. Which leads us to some unfortunate insider
info about Taco Bell. As one Taco Bell employee expressed on Reddit,
people might want to stay away from anything on the menu that involves meat, which is basically
everything. “You DO NOT want to see how the meat comes
into the store. The meat we use for the tacos and other things
[…] comes in big plastic bags labeled ‘Suitable for human consumption.’ They smell absolutely awful until we put the
seasonings in.” Another former employee dished that they sometimes
used meat after its expiration date. So the next time you run for the border, don’t
be surprised if you also have to run for the bathroom. “Ay-yi-yi.” One word no one wants to ever hear in a restaurant
is “infestation.” Any pest is a nuisance but there’s one bug
that’s a cut above the rest: the mighty cockroach. A creature so fierce that even nuclear explosions
can’t stop it. “Nuclear radiation! A mere, gentle kiss upon my back. I CANNOT DIE, FOR I AM DEATH!” As dark as that sounds… the poetic little
bugger is right and Starbucks learned it the hard way. Despite its powerful presence across the world,
the coffee giant is still privy to the mayhem-inducing woes of roach takeovers, and one ex-employee
had a particularly nightmarish experience. The traumatized barista dished on Reddit… “They were everywhere. The pastry case, in the storage, around the
dry powders.” But the most horrific sight, according to
the informant, was that one of the roaches crawled out of a coffee machine’s spout. And you definitely don’t want your grande,
half-caff, skinny latte flavored with a sprinkling of roasted cockroach residue. Unfortunately, all pests enjoy snacking as
much as humans do, and there’s one place where they can always find an all-you-can-eat buffet
and it can’t be avoided, especially in restaurants. Now more than ever, restaurants are catering
to guests with a wide range of dietary preferences but there’s still plenty of misunderstandings
between two major groups of customers. Some carnivores have a tough time accepting
that anyone wouldn’t want a huge, juicy steak served to them. But then again, some hardcore vegetarians
have no idea how someone could sleep at night knowing their dinner was once an innocent,
defenseless animal that wanted nothing more than to graze in peace. Recently, one anonymous ex-employee of A&W
divulged a secret that perfectly illustrates this divide and, at the same time, will make
every vegetarian gasp in shock. The legendary fast-food restaurant had been
serving veggie burgers for quite some time, but as the informant said on Reddit… “Veggie burgers were grilled on the same grill
as the meat, and were often cooked in the grease of other burgers.” Of course, it was only trace amounts of beef,
but try telling that to an angry vegetarian and see what happens. “What are you, nuts?! I’m a vegetarian.” One Redditor who works at an undisclosed eatery
admits there’s a shady reason behind those suggestions at their place of business. The anonymous tipster wrote… “Whenever we have ingredients that are going
to expire or just expired, we tell our cashiers to subtly ‘promote’ certain foods when a customer
seems unsure about what to buy.” So, the next time a friendly person behind
the counter tries to push a side order on you, just know that it might not be because
they, themselves, are truly addicted to the stuff. “I do not work with junkies.” The reason for their enthusiastic recommendation
is because that day’s favorite dish is probably from yesterday, and like many aging flavor-sensations,
it’s been mutating on a molecular level and taken on a life of its own. Those Golden Arches of McDonald’s seem to
tug at our tummies every time we look at them, even if we’re not in the mood for a quick,
cheap meal. Maybe it’s our appetite’s devil urging us
to give in to the diet-breaking delights of fast food, or the nostalgia of those childhood
Happy Meals. Either way, if that urge hits, one employee
implores customers to order with extreme caution when it comes to McCafe. According to their testimonials on Reddit,
they make sure everyone that matters to them never orders anything that flows out of a
‘McCafe’ machine. And coming from a current McDonalds employee,
that’s a pretty cold thing to say. “Colder than a South Pole streaker.” So what kind of disgusting buildup occurs
inside the machine? The Mickey D’s insider went on to say… “A couple of times I stuck my hand in the
machine to pull out a literal [fistful] of black soot. […] The insides are caked with it, the lines
where the product comes out as well.” As horrible as that sounds, the innards of
the smoothie machine also belong far away from the human stomach. The same employee said… “The McDonald’s I’m at now also has us cleaning
the smoothie machine with […] glass cleaner.” Those Golden Arches seem a lot more tarnished
now, and that’s one stain even Windex will never be able to buff out. During those frigid days of Winter when it
feels like Jack Frost has wrapped you in a blanket of ice, nothing satisfies quite like
a hearty bowl of chili. Lots of fast-food restaurants serve this classic
comfort food but Wendy’s has marketed their chili as a delicious cure for the Winter blues. However…once you hear how they create this
meaty concoction, you’d happily brave the frozen tundra just to escape the smell of
it. It’s not so much the recipe as it is the gnarly
method of preparing the chili. One ex-employee describes the horrendous procedure
in vivid detail on Reddit, saying… “It’s made from dried up, leftover hamburger
meat. It sits in bags of its own grease in the freezer
for god knows how long, until it’s pulled out and boiled. Then it’s mixed with giant cans of beans and
tomatoes that smell like vomit, and boiled again for hours.” Now, if you think you’ve heard the worst of
it, prepare yourself because there’s one more bit of information that the chili informant
went on to spill… “Whatever wasn’t used at the end of the night
was poured back into vats and stored in the walk in until it would be reheated in the
morning.” So, basically, that steaming cup of chili
you just ordered might have been hot, cold, stored and restored many times before it finally
reaches your taste buds. “Nooooo.” There are times when a basic cheese pizza
is all you need to be satisfied, and there’s no reason to shell out any extra cash for
more toppings. Other times, the idea of a pie loaded with
pepperoni, sausage, green peppers and olives is so enticing that you don’t mind spending
more. But at Little Caesars, something smells a
little fishy about their pricing policy for additional toppings. One Redditor who worked at a location in Washington,
thought it was strange that the ‘Cheese Pizza’ and the ‘Pepperoni Pizza’ both cost $5.99. How could you charge the exact same price
when one pizza clearly has a meaty topping? According to the restaurant’s manager… “It’s that way because the customers are informed
that more cheese is added onto the cheese pizza.'” But is that really the case? The former employee responded… “This was a blatant lie, as we put equal amounts
of cheese on all the pizzas. The cheese is added before any other toppings. […] So you don’t really know which ones
are going to be baked as pepperoni.” We hate to think that there’s anything devious
going on at the headquarters of Little Caesars but something about their pizza-pizza pricing
doesn’t add up. Oh, well…at least they didn’t rub it in
our faces. “Only a dummy would pay more for less toppings.” As much as the words “health department” make
managers panic, their existence is vital when it comes to safety. Every meal needs to be prepared by employees
wearing hats or hair nets and all food items must be properly stored in approved, sanitary
receptacles. Every square inch of the restaurant falls
under the microscopic eye of these serious professionals, and they’ll try their hardest
to find even the smallest infraction. During one surprise visit to a KFC, the health
department stumbled upon an infraction that would have given The Colonel plenty of sleepless
nights. According to a Redditor… “There was a dead rat at the bottom of one
of the fryers. The sanitary city council group came to do
the 6 month check up […] and found it. […] [They] came to the realization that
it had been there for quite some time. Needless to say, the place was shut down immediately.” But the larger question remains, how does
a rat magically fall into a deep fryer? Was this an accident or sabotage? Like many of the universe’s greatest mysteries,
this one might never be solved. “There’s got to be an explanation.” “Oh, I don’t know. I think some things are better left unexplained.” Usually on the first day of a job or during
that dreaded training period where you walk behind a seasoned employee and awkwardly shadow
them, a new recruit will be informed about the company’s rules and regulations. The strictness of the criteria varies from
place to place, but there are always some staple expectations: Dress appropriately. Don’t arrive late. Don’t tell customers what you’re actually
thinking… “Do you want me to hold the spit? Haha, just kidding, officer.” And, most importantly, keep drugs as far away
from the premises as possible. It’s “puff, puff, pass,” not “puff, puff,
work.” However, some employees might have had other
things on their mind when that rule was discussed. One person who used to work for Domino’s Pizza
confessed to lighting up before nearly every pie-slingin’ shift. The chillaxed employee bluntly admitted on
Reddit… “I was always high when I worked for Domino’s.” It’s bad enough that this cashier was standing
glazed-eyed behind the register but you won’t believe who was providing him with the devil’s
lettuce. It turns out that his supervisor was redefining
the meaning of “supply chain” and selling sticky-icky to members of his own team. While it sounds like a mellow workplace where
nothing is likely to go wrong, you might want to think twice about ordering from Domino’s. Under these conditions, you could get a pizza
with a few extra ingredients and who knows how you might react to them. Ice: The
cornerstone of any drink you intend on keeping cold while you’re in a hot car. Believe it or not, there are some individuals
who actually hate ice and prefer their beverages lukewarm. Most people, however, like to drop some frozen
cubes into their sugary drink of choice…even though by the last sip, it will be thoroughly
watered down . But, watered down sodas aren’t the only thing
you need to worry about when it comes to ice. According to one Redditor, who’s worked at
multiple establishments, ice machines are, quote… “Rarely cleaned out. Like almost never. Bugs, dirt, food particles, whatever.” The employee went on to say that when the
unsanitary condition of the ice machine was brought to the attention of management, they
brushed it off and said the employee should have better things to do than monitor the
ice machine. But…in truth, we would all love to have
someone monitor the ice machine and ensure that our refreshing, chilled beverages don’t
end up as rancid as some of our burgers. And, seriously, do you really want flies with
that order? “Here ya go.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about fast food
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68 thoughts on “Horrifying Fast Food Worker Confessions”

  • Storing leftovers overnight and reheating the next day, especially when it comes to chili, isn't such a terrible thing. We've all done this, I see no harm with this practice.

  • Any McDonalds worker do anything funky with the ice coffees? I caught a worker pouring dirty water into the coffee maker machine

  • vegetarians/vegans are torturing themselves by not eating meat. we (humans) are no different from other animals who eat other animal's flesh.

  • All fast food place isn't that bad. Yes some of them are nasty and should be shut down. That's why you should go in sometime to check them out.

  • I smoked before work and during my lunch break, every day and I worked at Zaxby's. I was always on drive-thru because they wanted to keep the numbers down and I would work with the same girl every time we had a shift together. We had a powerhouse system. I would take the money and make drinks and she would take orders and bag the food. We had the lowest drive-thru times in the district. Me smoking made it so much easier to talk to customers and I could very easily get into a rhythm, I could easily handle them high, I was normally shy and quite honestly don't give a fuck about them but smoking made it fun for me and it rubbed onto the customers. We had stupid amounts of repeat customers that would come in on every Sunday after church lmao. Smoking weed does not make you handicapped….

  • Abraham Morrison says:

    I was forced to thaw chicken in trash cans of water by the kitchen sink. If you don't know that's how dangerous bacteria grows on chicken, your supposed to thaw it in the walk-in refrigerator.

  • Abraham Morrison says:

    I found rotting fish, meat, veggies, ect in the walk-in at a high class sea food restaurant. Told the boss, they didn't clean it. Business shut down.

  • Abraham Morrison says:

    I as a non Papa John's employee, met up with friends at Papa John's. The manager let me make pizzas for customers because of my experience while the workers and he smoked Meth and weed in the walk-in refrigerator and drank beer while we closed the store. Remember I didn't even work there I was just hanging out with friends and watched this unfold while making pizzas. Crazy night, I haven't eaten Papa John's since.

  • Abraham Morrison says:

    I at the age of (16) and my good friend at the time age (16) ran a pizza hut and closed shop at the end of the night because the manager (30s) littleriy disappeared. There was no drivers that night so it was just us 2. One customer asked to speak to manager and I replied " I've taken over command of the store tonight, I'm the highest level worker you will find here" I was 16. Lol great night

  • Abraham Morrison says:

    I watched this kid pour cleaning chems in the deep fryer at Pizza hut because it made and I quote "a cool reaction". He wasn't cleaning it, there was food cooking in it for a customer.

  • michael cameron says:

    I've had to work while sick many times. One of the most contagious was when I had to work with streptococci that migrated to my lungs. Forgot to mention I worked in a restaurant as a cook.

  • The Raw Egg Files says:

    Ah, those pesky "regulations" that ignorant republicans are always so eager to kill. Maybe if people were more informed, things would be different.

  • Brandon Martinez says:

    Lol most of this comes down to lazy and shitty workers not cleaning properly I manage a Starbucks and have for many years and never once had an infestation problem!! Like I said it just comes down to shittyand lazy workers also the manager too

  • This is a terrible video, this video is making an assumption that fast food is supposed to be fresh gourmet food; it’s fucking fast food, you don’t pay for quality. Aside from the pest issues, everything else should be expected.

  • I have worked in both fast food places and fairly high end restaurants and I can say, most of these problems are management issues. If the management doesn't care, the employee certainly isn't going to. As far as the rat ending up in the fryer, sometimes that happens. If there are mice or rats in your establishment and you don't cover the fryers at night,they can end up in there.Ice machines, pop machines, smoothie machines and other drink dispensers were always cleaned every night where I have been employed. Fast food chains actually have people from their head offices come in and inspect the premises at least twice a year.The chain is awarded points for cleanliness and other things. If you have a good management team that takes pride in keeping the place in tip top condition then your employees will take pride in it as well. As far as the chili goes at Wendy's, if its true, that is totally a management problem and someone should inform the health inspector.

  • My wife was a GM for Wendy's for twelve years and the chili thing isn't mostly true. It is true the meat comes from burgers that were too done on the grill, but the meat was used later the same day or the next and not frozen. Only chili that was made late at night was ever reheated for the early lunch shift.

  • Dr. Mantis Toboggan, M.D. says:

    This only makes me want fast food even more. Hey, if I don’t see it happen…*IT DOESNT EXIST*

    Oh, and this channel sucks.

  • Worked at pap johns…it was clean just practices super harsh
    Throw out anything past 15 mins…if you ate it u were fired

  • That Taco Bell one should really have been avoid anything with sour cream or nacho cheese after the lunch rush. Most TB's do NOT thoroughly wash the dispensers. You can always tell when they do. You'll have a TON of cheese and SC in your order if its clean, to the point where it may near burst. Anything less and its cause night/half day cheese and hardened SC are blocking that shit.

  • Ok people can we stop making it sound like every fast food place is a unsanitary dump? I watched the entire video to see how many I've seen myself working at several fast food places and the answer is almost none of them and the only only of the gross ones might be true is the ice machine one.

    I can't speak for Little Caesars cause I've never worked there but other pizza places I've worked at functioned the same as the video said with cheese so I can believe that and I know for a fact Wendy's chili is made with the unsold burger patties and that unused chili gets put in the cooler and used first the next day. It's how they avoid heating cabinets without a bunch of food waste or long wait times for a burger to be cooked from start to finish to order. A set rotation of is in grill flipping from one side to the other once it reaches the end if it's not sold before it starts to overcook it's removed and put in a container which is chopped up and becomes chilli.

    Yeah fast food is not good for you we all know that but to think this stuff is going on behind every counter is insane. Yeah it happens with millions of locations it's bound to once in a while but it's hardly the norm.

  • Ordering Chinese food? Think again. I drove taxi on Friday & Saturday nights in Toronto years ago while attending University. I get a radio call to pick up a take out order at a Chinese restaurant on Danforth Avenue. While waiting at the side kitchen door for the order, I saw two Chinese kitchen workers using a pail, right beside a crate of vegetables, as a urinal. Lots of "splashing" onto the "veggies." When done, they simply "gave it a couple of shakes," zipped up and went back to cooking without hand washing. I left without the order and contacted my dispatcher, who called the customer. I was told that she was thankful that I did not pick up the order. I called the Toronto Health Department Monday morning. True story!!

  • My late father was a meter reader for a Toronto utility. This was "back in the days" when all meters were inside, usually in basements. He always had horror stories about Chinese restaurants. He saw, in no particular order, in the basements of these eateries, dead rats and mice, live mice and assorted bugs crawling over crates of vegetables, lice on the walls and even a dead cat. He always joked that the cat was probably the next day's Chef's Special! You never know.

  • Okay but I’ve been at Taco Bell for over 4 years and that ain’t right 😂 the meat comes pre seasoned and it don’t say that on the box

  • One time at my old pizza place me and some co workers all sucked on the sausages before baking the pizza because he ordered last minute

  • When I worked At Taco Bell In California form 1988 until 1992 and for the first few year we cooked everything fresh the ground beef it was Raw meat and we would cook the meat in big pan on a stove and we would put the seasonings while cooking the meat when the meat was done we would drain The grease and also the beans were raw bean and we cooked them in two big pressure cookers and right before I left we stopped cooking meat it came in Bags and we would boil the bags for 20 minutes and the beans were like little dry twigs we would put 2 quarts of boiling water in a pan with the twigs wait 20 minutes then uncover and stir and we had beans

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