Fast food restaurants are pretty much everywhere in the world and with that comes certain things that the employees warn you from eating. Every employee has a reason for not recommending these products and some of them are rather valid concerning the possibility that a human being could fall ill due to the issues at hand in the kitchen.
10. Mcdonald’s Filet-O-Fish
Sometimes that square shaped fish with a steamed bun and half a slice of cheese from Macdonald’s isn’t that safe to eat. You see, while it’s been said that the fish is supposed to be put in the fryer and then served within a timeframe of about thirty minutes or right after it’s cooked, that is not always the case. This is especially true at some of the twenty-four-hour restaurants since some employees may leave the fish sitting in the heating tray for several hours. On top that they might simply serve it to you since they don’t have to cook up a new one, which an employee might see simply as more work being tacked onto them. The reason behind this tough to swallow reality is that this item isn’t as popular as say a traditional Big Mac or McWrap. That’s not all though since it’s not a common item, it’s made significantly less, which can lead to the issue of old fish being served. This means that a few things happen when it’s ordered. It’s either being made fresh since the employees are not stretched for time, as they sometimes are during a graveyard shift or it’s being tossed onto the bun due to the fast-paced environment that puts pressure and in some cases even timers on the length of the order creation.
9. Ice in your soda
Ice in your drink may seem rather normal since the purpose is to actually cool it off but there’s some hidden information in it. While the intended purpose does happen there seem to be two secrets behind it. The first being that if you’re not the person pouring the ice yourself, chances are that you’re losing out on a fair bit of soda due to the increased amount of ice. On top of that, it was found by a twelve-year-old Florida student that in at least five of the tested fast-food restaurants, the ice was actually dirtier than the restaurant’s toilet water 70% of the time. This means that the bacterial content was significantly higher than that of the toilet’s flushing liquid. In fact, she discovered the results by ordering cups of ice and then put them in sterile beakers. She then went ahead and decided to go to the bathroom, flush the toilets once and collect some samples. However, she didn’t seem to mention the restaurants specifically but one thing is clear. This is due to the idea that the bathrooms might be cleaned more often than the ice dispenser. You see, most people don’t think of germs when putting ice into their drink but they most certainly do when going to the bathroom. Despite that, the incident certainly makes you want to remind the cashier that you’d like the drink with no ice in it, just to be on the safe side.
8. Steak and beans from Taco Bell
Steak and Beans, it sounds fairly simple and shouldn’t be messed up in any real way right? Well, you’d be wrong to believe that. According to one employee, the steak, after sitting around for a while turns into a consistency similar to that of hair gel. As for the beans aspect, they’re made from a rehydrated bunch of ingredients. This isn’t particularly good as many people would obviously expect Taco Bell’s food to be fresh and at least somewhat healthy. However, it’s fairly safe to assume that even the possibility of eating steak that’s been sitting there for a while and that has a thicker than normal form to it, might not be the best motivator for a customer to drop their hard earned cash on a burrito. Unfortunately, this might also hint to a few more issues. The food doesn’t appear to be in its purest form. What this means is that the company might not be getting the best of the best quality for their consumers, despite the general want for that in restaurants. Ultimately, it can lead to issues like people simply not coming back to the Mexican food chain since even employees are warning people against consuming certain foods.
7. Wendy’s Chili
If there is one type of fast food that you know is tasty and can actually warm you up on a cold autumn evening, it’s chili from Wendy’s. From the chunks of meat to the optional cheese and hot sauce, you can always ensure that you’re getting a chili that tastes similar to what your mother used to make. That would all be true, except for the allegation that those chunks of meat are actually leftovers from the grill that got collected into a container and were slapped into the batch of chili when there was enough. But wait there’s more! You also get to consume some good old fashioned rehydrated beans along with the grilled meat. This may not be the next thing you order when going to a local Wendy’s for a few reasons. You see, the meat seems to be from the grill and that would mean that it wasn’t collected into the container right away. In short, it’s possibly been covered in grease from the other meats on the grill and has been sitting in a nasty container which likely only gets washed every hour at best. Alongside that, the meat is being used as a cost-saving and money-making opportunity. This translates to the company having to not buy new meat by reusing already cooked and useless meat.
6. Barbecue Sandwiches By KFC
Kentucky Fried Chicken isn’t exactly known for their barbecue sandwiches but is rather popular due to their fried chicken, as their name suggests. That might be a good thing too since its supposedly been said by one of their employees that the chicken in this particular burger is stale and dipped in barbecue sauce, after which it is left in a heater for a month. While this is a pretty wild burger if that’s the case, it’s certainly not something that you’re going to want to consume by any means since it’s been sitting around for such a long time. In reality, the employee even went as far as to mention that the chicken was so stale that it could not even be given to homeless shelters. This is actually a serious issue when you think about the important aspect of serving food fresh. There’s a good reason behind people freaking out when they don’t find fresh food in a restaurant and that’s simply due to two reasons. The first being that it tastes better and the second is the idea that the food is easier to deal with than some nasty meat drenched in barbecue sauce and then tossed in the heater. However, this entire fiasco is likely due to the classic cost-saving measures that come off as a normal occurrence for fast food joints.
5. The Quesorito from Chipotle
While this item is rather unique due to the ability to have to a burrito with a quesadilla shell, it’s something that will anger both the employees and customers at the Chipotle restaurant. The simple fact is that it’s going to take a fair bit of time to actually cook it since the item is less popular, this means that it’ll not only take longer to prepare for you during a rush, it might also have some older ingredients in it. You see, if the store is being rushed, you might find yourself eating some meat or other ingredients that have been sitting outside the fridge for a rather long time. If this is the case, which it may or not be since it really depends on the person in the kitchen and the level of care they have for the customer, you’ll probably find yourself consuming some nasty meat, cheese, and even vegetables. Despite all of that, you do have one advantage on your side of the counter. Just ask for it completely fresh each time your order it. This means that you’ve made a special request and are aware that it’s going to take some time to make, but at least you know the people in the kitchen as basically been ordered to cook it up like a new batch.
4. The BLT from Steak n Shake
Bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes, a classic meal in many restaurants and homes but perhaps not the best thing to have punched into the order system at your cities Steak n Shake. Once again an employee described the cost-cutting monster that everyone is becoming all too familiar with these days. The problem with the sandwich, in this case, is that it doesn’t actually come with enough ingredients in it. For example, you might find yourself being cheated out of your four strips of bacon by only getting two. This doesn’t even make the rest of the meal cheaper either, it still remains at around six or so dollars. The simple fact is that some people are paying for something that they’re not getting. It’s arguably deceptive and will leave the restaurant with a bad reputation in the long run. If people pay for something and their needs simply aren’t being met, they’ll go somewhere else and spread the bad word about the local shop that was cheating them of two strips of bacon.
3. Tuna sandwiches from Subway
Subway is a pretty good sandwich shop, most people enjoy their foods but according to a few employees, you should probably steer clear of anything that involved tuna. Their warning stems from experiences and knowledge \alongside their apparent brand specific distrust for the substance. In one case the individual claimed that they would walk on shift and then simply toss the tuna out by looking at it. What this means is that it was at best several days old and obviously not something a customer should be served. As for the makeup of the tuna spread, it appears to be loaded with around eighty percent of mayonnaise, which is far from good for our arteries and something that many people might overlook when eating something believed to be healthier than a burger. Couple the two together and you’ve basically got mayonnaise and some bread slapped together. Clearly, the food is far from safe to consume and that means anyone who did either managed to get lucky or suffered the consequences of their unknown choice.
2. Roast beef from Arby’s
There’s a hidden fact over at Arby’s regarding their roast beef, which many people would not ever believe to arrive in the form of a meat paste, which apparently solidifies after three hours in an oven. That’s not all though, you might still end up with some day old roast beef if you manage to show up when the place just opens. Although, in that case, it was simply held in the heating oven all night. The only thing that might really concern a customer who’s aware of the roast beef starting state would be why it arrives like that. It might not be fresh since it needs to sit in the oven for hours on end simply to become entirely edible. As to why it’s arriving in the state that even supermarket roast beef doesn’t come in can be tossed up to one possible reason. Simply put, it is being ordered from a company that might be sending it in that form to reduce costs. However, there doesn’t appear to be any huge issue with issue with this for many people as even the employee admitted that the food tasted good. This translates to the meat being of decent quality or being handled with care as opposed to being the cheapest of the cheap.
1. Perkins scrambled eggs
Eggs are pretty important but that doesn’t mean that they’re always safe to consume when handled incorrectly, it can certainly cause someone to spend some time on the painful side of the bed. In this case, it’s not really how they’re handled but rather the manner by which they arrive and are left in that can really disgust someone. Perkins scrambled eggs are said to first sit in the hot kitchen all day in a five-gallon bucket. Which if that isn’t’ enough to cause some concern, the bucket isn’t always emptied and is sometimes just added with more egg to fill it up for the coming day. Then there’s fact that the bucket can be cleaned out but apparently only when ordered by the kitchen manager, who apparently operates on the system of smell to determine if the bucket needs washing. The issue with the system being used is that it’s not always correct. You see, the egg mixture might smell fine but be riddled with bacteria that isn’t particularly visible to the human eye.