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Fast food isn't healthy for anyone. However, when employees at the fast food chain themselves warn patrons against certain items it should be considered a double red flag.
Back in March a question was posted on Reddit asking workers at restaurants like McDonald's and Wendy's what items on the menu they would never dare to eat.
'Fast food workers of Reddit, what should we NOT order at your restaurant? Why not?' said the question that elicited some deep fried responses.
Never cleaned: A former employee at McDonald's say the machines at the McCafe are disgusting and the employees have not been properly trained on how to clean the machines
Strike out: They may seem like a nice addition to a baseball game but the hotdogs at ball parks have been recycled for over three days
1. Anything from McDonald's McCafe
2. Ballpark hotdogs
3. Steak and beans at Taco Bell
4. Wendy's chili
5. Anything off the Starbuck's secret menu
6. Movie popcorn
7. Panera pasta
8. McDonald's chicken nuggets
9. Beans at Taco Johns
10. BBQ sandwiches at KFC
11. Quesarito at Chipotle
12. Eggs at Einsteins Bagel's
13. Gas station slurpees
14. Dunkin Donuts' doughnuts
Foodbeast.com picked their 14 favorite least favorite edibles at fast food joints all over the country and shared the Reddit users' horror stories. None of the opinions expressed are verified but they are worth a gander.
Reddit user Envirometh, a former McDonald's employee said he'd steer clear of anything McCafe at McDonalds because staff aren't diligent about cleaning the 'horrifically dirty machines' with up to '5 plus inches' of crud.
'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 f*** all 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,' he wrote.
The item next on the list may disappoint sports fans who love nothing more than to sit back with a beer and eat a ballpark hotdog as they watch their favorite team make a home-run. Reddit user FreakyCheeseman warns that baseball stadium hotdogs, which are recycled for over two days, might just have fans running to the bathroom.
Taco smell: The steak and beans dish at Taco Bell is what one former employee describes as cat food mixed with hair gel and a little extra water for flavoring
Wendy can have it: A former employee at Wendy's says that the chili is nothing but super old and recycled meat and beans mixed in with a whole lot of water
'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,' he wrote.
Another Reddit user named Beefcake21 says that the steak and beans at Taco Bell are practically cat food.
'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,' he wrote.
Now that the weather is getting colder it might seem like a nice idea to warm up with a nice warm bowl of chili. According to a former employee at Wendy's, it's expired, frozen, and dried up.
'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,' wrote the former employee.
Secrets needn't always be shared: A former Starbucks employee says that the secret items on the Starbucks menu are so secret that the employees don't even know how ti make them
Stick to soft drinks: Apparently movie popcorn sits in trash bags over night and is then reheated and recycled gain depending on how much it film goers consume
Apparently Starbucks has a secret menu that patrons would be better off never finding out about. If patrons just say the name of the 'secret drink' it's up to the employees who may not have heard of it to come up with their own variation.
'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,' said Reddit user Stac52.
This next one might ruin your Hollywood ending. A former movie theater employee says that filmgoers should under no circumstance order the used popcorn put in garbage bags overnight then reheated in the morning.
'I worked at a theater, don't get popcorn for the first showing- that's all just last night's popcorn put into giant garbage bags and then reheated in the warmers in the morning.
Oh yeah and remember that sticky floor in the aisle of the theater? Well what do you think would happen if you had that at your house. YES THAT'S HOW YOU GET ANTS... and cockroaches, and everything else. Plus it's in the dark most of the time. It's like a bug buffet once the lights go out and the movie starts,' writes WhoAteYourParents.
Pasta's far from perfect: Panera is known for fresh salads and sandwiches, not pasta, says an employee who claims that all pasta products are microwaved
Panera Bread advertises healthy options like fresh salads and sandwiches and according to a former employee, that's all that's fresh on their menu.
Reddit user President_Pancake says that their pasta is like cardboard.
'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 sandwich/ salads. Real ingredients and usually fresh,' he writes.
When diners go to a restaurant they shouldn't need to ask for fresh, unstale versions of items off the menu, right?
According to Reddit user Ritch88 who was an employee at McDonald's, customers should make sure to ask for the fresh and not super old version of McDonald's chicken nuggets.
'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,' he wrote.
Chicken McNOggets: A McDonald's worker says that patrons need to ask for 'fresh' chicken nuggets if they don't want nuggets that have been sitting out for hours
Stakle chicken: Apparently the chicken is so stale in a BBQ Shredder at KFC, they use the leftover chicken that is too stale to be given to people in homeless shelters
A former employee at Taco Johns in the Midwest spilled the beans on the establishment's beans which are a tad dry.
'Taco Johns reporting for all you midwesterners. I would steer clear of the beans, at least outside of peak hours, because they sit on the hot table for a long long time and when they dry out, just add water. Everything else is pretty solid though. Worked there a couple years back in 2007-2009 and still love going back to get my fix, ‘writes reddit user clamslammer707.
A former employee at KFC says that the chicken that goes into the BBQ sandwiches is the chicken that 'too old and stale' to give to the homeless shelters.
'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,' writes the employee who also admits he still orders the meal sometimes.
Chipotle is considered by some to be less dirty than the other fast food chains and advertises fresh ingredients. A former employee has nothing bad to say about the ingredients but he does warn against ordering a quesarito so as not to infuriate the employees.
Anger management: The ingredients may be pretty fresh at Chipotle but if customers order the quesarito during rush time they may be getting a knuckle sandwich
Not the smartest choice: According to a former employee at Einstein's Bagels, the eggs aren't real and the bagels really aren't that much better either
'It backs up the line like no other. If it's not busy, you're fine but PLEASE do not order a quesorito during our peak hours. Employees will hate you. The people behind you in line will hate you. Everyone will hate you. There's nothing wrong with it health/sanitation wise, but too few people order it for our damned managers to rearrange and optimize our food line for quesorito production,' wrote Thedudeiscj.
A former employee from Einstein's Bagels says that eggs aren't the smartest item off the menu to order.
'I worked at Einstein's bagel place which is basically fast food. Don't order anything with eggs, they aren't real eggs and if business is slow they could have been sitting in a container for hours after they are microwaved,' wrote Thedudeiscj.
The next item is a real let down. Not only might gas station slurpees give you a brain freeze4, they may cause disease because of all the mould in the machines.
'Gas station Slurpee’s. The amount of mold in those machines would crush your childhood to a pulp. ‘wrote MarTank666.
Finally the last item on the list that may put a hole in your heart are the doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts which are frozen.
'Currently employed at Dunkin doughnuts and it's sad but true all the doughnuts and baked goods there come to us frozen,' wrote- Ass_in_assasain
None of the opinions expressed have been verified but you should try them at your own risk.
Brain freeze: Citrus flavored slushees (not pictured) at 711 may seem tasty but they are filled with mold from the machines that have the potential to make customers sick
Holy moly: The doughnuts at Dunkin Donuts look nice, fresh, and tasty but are delivered frozen and then reheated by heartbroken employees who thought they might be fresh baked