Former fast food employees tell us what not to eat and also give hints on how to get free food
As a nation we each spend an average of £25-30 per week on fast food, it’s big business.
But most of us won’t have the experience of working in a fast food chain, meaning most of us won’t see what goes on behind the counter.
We spoke to a number of current and former fast food workers to get their advice on what to eat, what NOT to eat, and even how to get free food.
(These are people’s personal experiences in individual franchises and they have not suggested that the practices were widespread or sanctioned by management).
“It’s easy to get free food”
“If you complain about food then getting replacements is very very easy, even if you have eaten most of it.
“We did have one guy skip the drive-through queue straight to window three and collect the car behind him’s order!
“You could phone up and complain about a drive-through order, and they would write you down for a free meal or however many meals you ordered, no proof necessary. The food costs them so little to make, they don’t need to argue.”
“Don’t take anything that’s been sitting on the hot tray”
“It’s all based on a time card system, the food should stay in the production bin (the hot shelf) for something like 20 mins, but it tends to stay there until it’s sold.
“For most things that’s not a problem but late at night that can be pretty bad.”
Another former fast food worker echoes this sentiment…
“DON’T order anything that they have ready and waiting”
“They do throw out stuff that has been there a while, though it’s usually quite limp and horrid long before that.”
“There are plenty better places offering a barista service than fast food chains”
“The milk sachets for your cups of coffee could have been left out for quite a while, as these are kinda hidden from view, so are often overlooked.”
“Don’t order fries at burger chains – as tasty as they are”
“The main fry-station for fries could be pretty nasty – pretty sure I saw that get cleaned like once a week tops (the station where they scoop the fries out of), and the underside of it is caked in weeks old grime build up.”
“Don’t order pizza between 6pm and 8pm”
“You roll a bit of a dice if you order pizza between 6 and 8, if it’s super busy and someone drops any of the metal pizza trays on the floor, there’s no time for someone to go round back and wash it, so they’ll just stick it through the oven with the pizzas.
“Grit’s not really the most enjoyable of toppings…”
“Don’t order the fish…”
“Fish burgers were cooked and kept hot in the kitchen. The fillets were not very popular so would sometimes stay there for ages. That’s the one thing I would never order.”