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Fast food forewarning: Employees reveal what NOT to eat at their restaurants
Fast food facts straight from the employee's mouths.

Let’s face it, when we opt for a meal that is ready to eat by the time we pull our car ahead 25 feet to the takeout window, we should probably understand that there are going to be some inherent dangers. Food prepared in minutes, en masse, in crowded kitchens by tattooed teens can be a little dodgy.

The Huffington Post on March 7 reported on a revealing set of answers given by employees who worked at various fast food eateries and other popular restaurants. The question they were asked was: “What should we NOT order at your restaurant? Why not?”

The question was posed on, and the answers given by some of the employees are equal parts shocking and sickening.

After reading through the entire post, I wish I would have adopted my personal "don't ask / don't tell" policy, but what we don't know in this case may hurt us, as the reverse saying goes.

To be sure, I’ve had my share of fast food, though I try hard not to frequent the drive-thru fare, simply because of the health concerns, not because I’m concerned that an employee pissed into the utility sink, like this Pizza Hut manager recently did, or because the receipt I’m given at Burger King is going to contain all sorts of preprinted profanities.

So without further ado, here is what some of the “best” answers were. As the Huffington Post said, “while it's important to know that none of these claims have been verified, we do recommend bookmarking this thread.”


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 [expletive] either… All McCafe beverages run through a horrifically dirty machine ; we're talking 5+ inches of uncleaned, liquid bulls**t making up its inside parts.

Taco Bell

I worked at Taco Bell a little bit ago and I warn everyone to stay away from both the beans, and the steak. The beans start out looking like cat food, and the directions are, “Add water and stir until you can't see white anymore. The steak was just the worst on dish duty. If it would sit too long it would become like hair gel. It was the worst.


I used to work at Wendy's. The meat used in the chili, yeah that comes from the meat on the grill top that expires and dries up that's put in to a warming drawer until you have enough for a batch of chili, which we first freeze and then thaw the next day. Also if the chili sitting in the warmer doesn't sell fast enough we just added hot water to it to mix it up.

Baseball game hot dogs

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.

McDonald’s (Part II)

I used to work at McDonalds. If you order, especially chicken nuggets, just ask for them fresh. Otherwise they've been just sitting in their container in the heat. They have a timer, but 9/10 times when that timer goes off, people just reset the timer instead of making new ones. This could go on until all the nuggets are sold.


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.

Gas station Slurpees

Gas station Slurpees. The amount of mold in those machines would crush your childhood to a pulp.

Things that make you go “hmm.”

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