Fast-food workers revealed two weeks ago on Reddit which menu items you should stay away from.
Someone on the site recently asked: “Fast food workers of Reddit, what should we NOT order at your restaurant? Why not?”
A great amount of employees who claim to have worked or are working in the food industry responded. Their claims have not been verified.
Uproxx has compiled a list below of some of the most bizarre items, according to posters, that you should avoid during your next visit to a restaurant chain.
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Starbucks' "Secret Menu," from user Stac52: "Former starbucks worker here. Please don't order anything off the 'Secret Menu'. It doesn't exist. If you want a snickerdoodle, nuttella, or captain crunch frappuchino (or whatever other overly sugery thing someone has since come out with), know the base drink and the modifications, and order that. If you just say the name, it's up to the barista to come up with what's in the drink, and it may not be what the last barista you ordered from put in there."
McCafe drinks at McDonald’s, according to Reddit user Envirometh: “I work for McDonald’s and make sure everyone that matters to me never orders anything that comes out of the ‘McCafe’ machine as these are routinely neglected, in practically all the McDonalds. Not only are staff not properly trained in its cleaning and maintenance, at almost every McDonalds I’ve had experience with, the managers in charge of training them don’t know...either."
Panera Bread, from user President_Pancake: “Panera- pasta; it’s all microwaved, this includes Mac and cheese. Smoothies/frozen drinks- nasty base crap that smells and it’s sticky. Cupcakes/coffee cakes- all come frozen. Best items are the real sandwhich/ salads. Real ingredients and usually fresh.”
Little Caesar’s Hot-N-Ready pizza: “Former Little Caesars manager here. Some franchises are different, but I wouldn’t order any Crazy Bread, Jalapeno Bread, or Italian Bread. The shit they dress it with out the oven is NOT butter; it’s some nasty imitation that comes in a huge bottle and does not need to be refrigerated. Also, Hot-N-Readys and Chicken Wings have been known to sit in the warmer for hours at a time until sold.”
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Jack in the Box: “Milkshakes at jack in the box if you’re allergic to fruit.
We do not clean the mixer very well, and it’s used for smoothies and milkshakes. Like, we’re TOLD to just half ass it. In the training video. It’s…ridiculous.”
Ballpark hot dogs, from user FreakyCheeseMan: “I used to work in a baseball park concession stand. The short answer is not to order anything, but if you absolutely have to buy something, don't buy the hotdogs.
Do not. Buy. The Hot Dogs.
They made it out of the package okay, and might even have been edible after we finished grilling them - and then they went into the water. We kept three pans of water at the back of the grill that held the hot dogs. Any hot dogs left at the end of the day went back into the fridge, and came out again the next day. Me and the other cook put our feet down on throwing out the water and old hotdogs after two full days, but the management didn't want to let us.”
BBQ Sandwiches at KFC: “Worked at KFC for ~4 years. The BBQ sandwich is actually made from chicken too old and stale to give to the homeless shelters, so they soak it in BBQ sauce until it can be pulled and then they keep it on the heater for a month.”
Olive Garden: “Complementary salad. It’s the only thing in our restaurant that comes 95% premade, with the exception being the tomatoes, which are cut at 8:30am-9am and are expected to last all day. Everything is technically “refrigerated” but the fridge is always left open, since we go through salad so fast.
Chicken anything. We go through chicken really fast, so if a particular kind isn’t thawing fast enough in the walk-in, we leave a whole tray of it sitting underneath an oven (raised oven; it’s not on the floor), sometimes up to 3 hours.
Fried anything. I don’t know how often the frying oil is changed, but judging by the color… ugh. I know it smells rancid.
I don’t know which dishes this comes with, but the potato and pepper mixture, which is fried, will often have pieces of pepper in it that have started to rot. Not growing-mold rotten, but definitely soft-discolored rotten. I don’t do this, but I know every other prep cook at my location does.”
Subway egg and tuna salad sandwiches: “From my experiences, the tuna and egg salad at Subway is just bagged tuna/eggs and a ton of mayo to make it soft.”
Pizza Hut: “Pizza Hut manager: Our dough are processed, frozen discs that we handle WITHOUT gloves. (When I say handle without gloves, I mean handle without washing hands.) It’s a little obvious gloves aren’t magical germ repellents.. our policy is to wash your hands as hot as you can handle for 20 seconds, and then put on food handling gloves. Our policy also makes you wash hands/switch out gloves when starting a new task (going from panning/proofing the pizza to topping pizzas, etc.) Unfortunately this is a Pizza Hut chain that has a bunch of 17-20 year olds working in it and will not obey the rules.
Anyway, we also spray them with non-stick spray and oil the hell out of them. After that, we proof them and top them, again, with our bare hands. (Probably dirty) Sometimes the dough will be really old, 4-5 days at the max where it gets all shrively and sinks down into the pan.”
According to Uproxx, there is a bright side to all of this. Workers from Sonic, In-N-Out, Chick-fil-a, Chipotle and a McDonald’s in Nova Scotia have come forward to say that their restaurants are all sanitary.