When you choose to eat fast food, you know you’re not going to be presented with a gourmet meal on a silver platter. But you at least expect a few standards to be upheld. You know, like the food being greasy and deep fried. Sometimes, though, disappointment happens. And we’re not just talking about getting an onion ring in your french fries (which is more of a win in our books). We’ve all been there. The fries were cold, the burger was missing some ketchup, and so on. But for some unfortunate souls, the fast food fails are much, much worse. Take a look at these absolute fails and, the next time your order is a little bit wrong, just think about how lucky you are that this didn’t happen to you. Next time you skip the fast food and just make something at home, you can feel a little bit more proud that you dodged these bullets.
10. Some Assembly Required
This McDonald’s customer decided to give in to their Big Mac craving and hit up the drive-thru, only to get home and see this poorly constructed creation. We see a lot of lettuce and onions and two very empty buns put together. Clearly, someone wasn’t paying attention when they assembled this burger. It also appears as if they’re missing the most signature Big Mac ingredient of all: the secret sauce. Those buns look pretty dry to us. If there is sauce on there, there obviously isn’t enough. Now, we know that not everything you get at any restaurant, fast food or otherwise, is going to look like the advertised picture. It’s their job to make sure their advertising does a good enough job to make you salivate when looking at the picture. If they just showed you what things really look like, you wouldn’t care. However, that’s one thing. Most people don’t expect picture-perfect fast food. But this is another level. This is clearly the slack job of someone who either didn’t care about their job or was too busy trying to pump out a million orders to pay more attention to one food item at a time. Either way, this requires re-assembly, but by the looks of it, the cheese has already melted between the two patties, so you’d have a hard time getting them separated without losing precious cheese. At this point, you may as well just throw out that middle bun and call it a day.
9. Taking Extra Pickles to a Whole New Level
We all know someone who loves pickles. They are everywhere these days. Just about every American restaurant has deep fried pickles on the menu, and grocery stores are lined with dill pickle flavored items. Pickle juice is becoming an in-demand ingredient to add a twist to a lot of classic things, from alcoholic drinks to slushies. But if this feels obsessive, there’s apparently a scientific reason that people are so obsessed with pickles. It has to do with the addictive quality of salt and its correlation with the reward center of our brain. Salt has also been connected to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, which means some of us just crave pickles because of our bodies. So, when it comes to fast food, there is always that one person that has to ask for extra pickles. A handful may just not be enough for the truly obsessed. Not only do they add that extra salty taste, but they can give an otherwise soft sandwich a bit of crunch. Well, Subway decided to indulge this particular customer’s obsession by completely loading their sub with a massive amount of pickles. Clearly though, since Subway does make the sandwiches in plain sight, this pickle lover was okay with it. Let’s hope this customer ordered an extra large drink because they are going to need it after that salty overload.
8. An Extra Crunchy Hashbrown
There aren’t a lot of things in this world more satisfying than a greasy, crispy potato for breakfast. However, sometimes fast food breakfast can be more than disappointing. This poor, unfortunate soul was chomping away on a McDonald’s hashbrown when they noticed something was crunchier than normal. This, ladies and gents, is a dead cockroach on this person’s hashbrown. Not just a bug that flew in through the window, but one of those little germ-filled creatures that seem to live forever in dirty conditions. Someone actually deep fried this hashbrown and put it in a bag and either didn’t notice or didn’t care that this disgusting bug was hanging on for the ride. Bugs found in the food is not actually an unheard of complaint from fast food restaurants, unfortunately. McDonald’s itself is no stranger to reports of bugs being found in their food products. And a lot of it seems to be found in their breakfast products. Take this report of a Miami family that found insect parts on almost every product in the McDonald’s breakfast they ordered. Or this report of a man who found up to 50 dead ants in his breakfast burrito in Toronto, Ontario. A quick Google search reveals even more. Now that’s what we call a McFail.
7. Chemical Condiments at Taco Bell
Instead of giving the customer their fire sauce, Taco Bell decided they could use some floor cleaner instead. Imagine the surprise when the customer came home and discovered that not only were they given dangerous chemicals, they also were now missing their fire sauce. That’s like a double-whammy of disappointment. At least this person didn’t actually eat the floor cleaner and noticed it just in time. When you really think about this, it’s hard to imagine how it even happened in the first place. Was the worker making the food just bored and decided to cause a little chaos? Or was this a genuine mistake that happened because some people decided not to follow basic restaurant rules? Either way, we’re a little confused. Everyone who takes their food safety training course, or even any workplace safety course, would know that you should never store dangerous and potentially deadly poisonous chemicals so close to the food you are serving your customers. Because things like this happen. And it could have ended up being a lot worse.
6. This Undercooked Popcorn Chicken
Speaking of things that could have been a lot worse, this undercooked popcorn chicken from the Sonic drive-thru is slightly frightening. When you order food from a fast food restaurant, you don’t expect it to be the highest possible quality. But you do at least expect it to be cooked to the point where you’re not at risk for salmonella poisoning. It’s one thing to have a bit of pink in your burger, but raw chicken is not acceptable. Anyone working in a fast food restaurant, or any establishment that sells food to paying customers, needs to go through food handling and safety training. This person clearly failed theirs or just stopped caring altogether. From what we’ve seen and what this customer posted on Reddit, they’re supposed to be darker than this and the employee who served them should never have gone through with that because it was visibly obvious they were off. According to popular opinion, Sonic is best left for the milkshakes and ice cream and not for the actual food. This picture proves that. The silver lining, though, is that at least you can tell it’s real chicken, right?
5. A Burger King Burger That Was Missing Just One Thing…
Looks like someone forgot the part of the burger that actually makes it a burger. It looks like the Wendy’s slogan “Where’s the beef?” could come in handy right about now. It’s understandable that these mistakes happen. Everyone is rushing around trying to get orders out in a short amount of time. But imagine how you’d feel if you’d been craving that juicy beef patty all day and then got home to find out that it wasn’t there at all. Especially when the price of a burger has been going up steadily within the last few years. It’s hard to say you got your money’s worth when you didn’t even get home with a patty. This is more like a salad on a bun.
4. This Sandwich Came With a Free Kitchen Knife
Imagine your surprise when you open your sandwich and see a knife poking out at you. That’s not really something that goes well with your ham and cheese sub. This also could have been pretty dangerous if this customer was one of those people who just rip the wrapper open to get to the sandwich. If that happened there would be a serious injury on that person’s hands and could result in some pretty dire consequences for that Subway and the employee who did this. Do we even know the last time that knife was properly cleaned? What if there was hot pepper juice on that knife and then the customer cut themselves trying to open the sub? That could be really, really bad, even if they just end up with a small cut. Now, there are a lot of theories that could possibly explain how this knife ended up in this sandwich. The first, and probably most realistic, is that the employee just used it to help roll up the sandwich and forgot to take it out. But what if there’s more to the story? What if this was intentional? This could have been someone’s attempt at smuggling out one of those knives. However, judging by the rest of the picture, this customer opted to eat in at the restaurant and it probably wouldn’t be too much of a hassle to notify the workers. If we’re being completely honest though, these are pretty decent restaurant-quality knives and we could understand if the customer just kept the knife.
3. THE EXTRA BACON THAT WASN’T VERY EXTRA
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that extra bacon is never a bad idea. Bacon is just one of those foods that goes with everything, whether it’s a dessert or a main course. You can get bacon ice cream, bacon-infused alcohol, bacon popcorn, and a variety of other bacon-flavored creations. There are even entire festivals dedicated to bacon now. It’s especially delicious when it’s on your fast food sandwich. However, when you order extra bacon, you generally expect to get more than half a piece of bacon. You can reasonably expect at least one solid piece of bacon, even at the chinsiest of places. It’s safe to say that this particular Wendy’s customer was pretty disappointed with the actual amount of bacon that they got when they asked for extra bacon on their chicken sandwich. Instead of biting into a delicious flavor combination of bacon and fried chicken, this person decided to double-check before they went through that disappointment. In fact, it almost looks like someone deliberately ripped a piece of bacon in half to add to this sandwich instead of just putting the whole piece on. For a fast food joint that boasts such staples as the Baconator and the Bacon Deluxe, it’s pretty disappointing that they would skimp out like this when the customer is paying for extra bacon. We know there’s enough bacon in that kitchen to go around, so let’s be real and give the bacon lovers what they really want. More bacon for everyone, please!
2. Fresh as a… Feather?
That’s really taking fresh to a whole new level at this particular KFC, but we’re more disgusted than anything. One particular KFC customer was surprised to see this feather stuck to a piece of fried chicken. And we don’t blame them. Who knows how long it’s been sitting there. There’s also another issue: bird feathers are known to be capable of carrying tons of diseases that can easily spread to humans. In fact, they can carry any number of viruses, parasites, and germs that cause those diseases, and all you have to do is touch one to suffer from those consequences. This person could have gotten really sick if they accidentally ate this feather, regardless of where this one came from. Then we’d be talking about a much more serious situation here. We have so many questions about this. Just how, exactly, does a feather even get on a piece of deep-fried chicken? What could the explanation possibly be for this particular situation? Something is very, very wrong here. It doesn’t even look like a feather from a chicken, which means that there is a possible contamination issue at some point along the line here. Perhaps the feather got in the bag as it was coming out the drive-thru window from a bird flying by. Maybe someone dragged it in on their clothing and it somehow ended up in the chicken. Whatever the reason may be, it’s not the worst that could happen, but it’s certainly not an ideal situation.
1. Someone Missed a Step Here
We don’t really work at Taco Bell, but we’re pretty sure you’re supposed to take the Doritos taco out of the cardboard wrapping before it gets put in the soft shell. Taco Bell always has their signature crispy menu items, but we don’t really think they mean it this literally. This is the sign of an employee that just has had enough or simply just forgot to pay attention during that step. There’s really no other explanation for it because they would have had to prepare the Doritos taco in the paper before they put the soft shell on top and squish it together. We don’t know what time this happened at, or where this happened, but maybe it’s safe to say that someone was a little tired working the graveyard shift and just could not care any less. Either way, it’s another one of those not-a-big-deal situations, but it would take quite a bit of work to separate those items and restructure it properly. You’ve got your cheese already melted to the cardboard. So, when you remove it, you’re losing a lot of cheese unless you’re planning on licking it off the wrapper. Sure, you could rely on the cheese inside the taco, but let’s be real. That’s just not enough. Hopefully, this person was still at the Taco Bell and they could exchange it for another, and that they didn’t make it all the way home just to find this in their take-out bag.