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Fast Food’s Nastiest Secrets Revealed

Fast food is pretty disgusting. We already know this. Even the places that say they’re fresh and healthy probably aren’t. The good folks over at Reddit asked readers to reveal the nastiest secrets from their days working fast food. The results are…depressing.

Starbucks – “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 sugary 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.”

Panera – “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.

Former panera worker.. Can confirm. Mac & cheese is nasty. Everything else is decent, I’d say you’re being charged too much for the salads for the quality. Soups are premade and frozen. Paninis and sandwiches and bread are good though. Whatever you do, don’t order the steak & blue cheese salad or the lobster sandwich.”

Little Caesar’s – “Former Little Caesars manager here. Some franchises are different, but I wouldn’t order any Crazy Bread, Jalapeno Bread, or Italian Bread. The s*** 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.”

McDonald’s – “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.”

McDonald’s Pt. 2 – “TL;DR: All McCafe beverages run through a horrifically dirty machine – we’re talking 5+ inches of uncleaned, liquid bulls*** making up its inside parts, and the smoothies have glass cleaner in them.”

Jack In A 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 a** it. In the training video. It’s f*cking ridiculous.

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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 – “Complimentary 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 – “From my experiences, the tuna and egg salad at Subway is just bagged tuna/eggs and a s***-ton of mayo to make it soft.”

Subway Pt. 2 – “I worked at Subway. The roast beef is so full of preservatives its iridescent (super shiny and rainbow). The cold cuts are in a nasty syrup that smells like a**, and the black forest ham has little piggy hairs on them if you look close enough.”


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