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50 Menu Items Fast Food Workers Say Never to Order

McDonald’s McRib

Let’s just say the McRib isn’t actually made out of ribs. If you’re curious, it’s made out of pig tripe, hearts, and stomachs. Gross, right?

FYI, if you're wondering what tripe is, it's the lining of the stomach. The McRib also has enough preservatives to keep it fresh until it’s the year 3000. Yeah, we’re not lovin’ that.

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Sonic Chicken Sandwich

A former employee claimed that Sonic chicken isn't true chicken but didn't elaborate on what it actually was. However, they did say that the chicken will always sit longer because it's not as popular as the burgers.

That’s something to keep in mind. No one wants chicken that’s been sitting for hours or chicken that’s frost bitten until it’s inedible.

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McDonald's Filet-O-Fish

These aren't super popular. That's not too much of a surprise. Just like BK, McDonald's is a burger fast food place. They aren't particularly known for their quality fish. 

So, if you truly expect anything other than the burgers to truly be fresh, then prepare to be disappointed. Filet-o-Fish is best avoided.

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Taco Bell Beans

You'd think that the beans would be something Taco Bell would be known for since they are a Mexican-inspired fast food restaurant. Apparently not, though.

The beans at Taco Bell are bagged and just require water to somehow turn into the beans we know. Kind of gross. Maybe that’s a good reason they don’t sell.

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Wendy's Fries

There's apparently a saying amongst employees about these fries: they aren't old until they're sold. That means you could be eating fries that are several hours old.

No wonder they’re cold. It’s also not a surprise that some people refer to Wendy’s fries as soggy socks rather than fries. Mmm-mmm, delicious.

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Dunkin' Donuts Donuts

Yeah, this one kind of surprised us, too. Apparently, those 'fresh' donuts aren't so fresh and are delivered frozen on trucks. Such a disappointment.

Considering there are about half a dozen donut places to choose from at any given time, Dunkin’ better step up their game. No one wants frozen donuts.

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Sonic Ice Cream

Ice cream at any fast food place can be kind of sketchy, and Sonic is no exception. A Reddit user said that most of the time no one receives proper training on maintenance or cleaning of the ice cream machines.

They also said that once they actually have the time to clean it, they found mold. Everywhere. That's a no from us. Maybe that’s why they put ice cream in quotations on the signs.

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KFC Original Chicken

Yeah, we all know the 11 herbs and spices story, but that story doesn’t fix the actual quality. If you have a craving for fried chicken maybe don’t get KFC anytime around when they close.

You might just get chicken that’s been left under the lights for hours or some that have been dropped on the floor, according to one Reddit user. Turns out those black specks were dirt, not pepper.

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McDonald's Chicken Nuggets

Yes, these are super popular, but that doesn't mean they're made fresh for every customer in line. Typically, the nuggets are made and just left under the heater for hours until they're all sold.

That’s not surprising considering McDonald’s hates to waste any food. Why should their chicken nuggets be any different?

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Subway Oven-Roasted Chicken Sandwich

Oven-roasted sounds pretty good, right? Too bad that isn't how this sandwich is actually made, it's more likely boiled in a microwave then slapped on a bun.

That’s not nearly as healthy or satisfying as it sounds. To be fair, they said “eat fresh” not “made fresh.” There is a little bit of a difference.

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Little Caesar's Breadsticks

Who doesn't love breadsticks? All buttery and garlicky, sometimes with cheese sprinkled on top...sounds like heaven! Unless, of course, you get them from Little Caesar's.

A former manager posted to Reddit, claiming that apparently, that's not real butter on your breadsticks. It’s just some gross imitation that comes in a giant tub that isn't refrigerated.

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McDonald’s Sweet Tea

The sweet tea at McDonald’s apparently has one pound of sugar for every gallon. One. Pound. A large has 38 grams of sugar, way over your daily recommended limit.

Candy bars have fewer grams of sugar. You’re better off getting unsweet as far as McDonald’s is concerned unless diabetes sounds like a great future.

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McDonald's Milkshakes

So, apparently, the machine to make milkshakes breaks often. On top of that, the milk base will stay inside until the machine is fixed, which makes it go bad.

Sure, they do clean the machines out after it gets repaired, but there’s a caveat – it’s never cleaned as thoroughly as it should be. As far as regular cleaning, it’s not often enough.

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Panera Pasta

The pasta here (yes, even the mac & cheese everyone loves) is microwaved. Unfortunately, there’s nothing fresh about it.

That means that delicious cheesy mac is just frozen pasta that was thrown in a microwave and served out lukewarm. May as well cook your own considering the price.

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Little Caesars Chicken Wings

Little Caesars is apparently guilty of cooking their chicken wings in the same pans as the pizzas for the same amount of time. This, most of the time results in you receiving mostly raw chicken.

In all honesty, their slogan is “pizza, pizza.” It has no mention of wings. Considering the price of the food, you get what you pay for. Time to stop at Wing Stop if you have a craving for wings.

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Panda Express Orange Chicken

This one will be controversial. The orange chicken is Panda Express's most popular item, and it's still not always fresh. Once the rush is over, and the food is sitting out, the chicken starts to dry up, so how employees fix that?

Cover it in some uncooked sauce, of course, just make sure the customers don't see. Who knows how old the food is when it’s served? The thought sends shivers down our spines. Ugh.

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Wendy's Chili

The chili here is basically just overcooked beef that can be kept for up to seven days. Read that again: seven days. How many times have you thrown out something in your fridge because it’s been there for four days?

All we have to say is to beware if that's what you're craving next time you go to Wendy's. It probably isn't fresh and could be downright dangerous.

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Burger King Chicken Fries

Another chicken item from Burger King, chicken fries were sometimes kept for up to six hours before being served or tossed out. Six hours is a little too long.

On top of that, most of the time they're about 80% breading. That means you’re not getting your money’s worth, although they’re not exactly expensive.

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Subway Tuna Sandwiches

A former subway worker on Reddit claimed Subway tuna is "literal poison in a container." The reason?  It was always a few days past expiration.

You read that right. It's apparently mayo-based and sits around for a while, so the chances of food poisoning are far too high.

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Dunkin Donuts Coolattas

Similar to some of the other frozen treats on this list, the coolatta is usually made in rarely cleaned, frankly disgusting machines.

On top of that, they’re absurdly high in sugar. Even the small coffee coolata has about 71 grams of sugar. You could eat two candy bars for that amount of sugar.

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Arby's Roast Beef

Several former Arby's employees told Reddit users that the roast beef is, apparently, not actually solid when it first arrives. The roast beef is actually just a bag of meat paste that solidifies after some time in the oven.

It's just mechanically separated hunks of beef mixed with fat and pressed into a ten-pound paste of grossness. Maybe that’s why so many Arby’s employees don’t want to eat there.

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Burger King Whopper Junior

Whopper Juniors are pretty unpopular among customers over, like, ten. So, if you want a whopper junior, then odds are it’s been sitting around under a heating light for a good while. 

That means you’re getting something that’s likely super old. Only god knows how long it’s been under those heating lamps. We’re getting sick just thinking about it. 

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Starbucks Food

This one’s not super gross or anything, but if you have an aversion to pre-packaged, frozen foods, then maybe avoid literally everything at Starbucks. All Starbucks food has been frozen and reheated.

Nothing is fresh, and it’s all ridiculously overpriced, yay! Nothing like paying twice as much (sometimes three times as much) for microwaved and toaster-warmed food.

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Starbucks' Secret Menu

Secret menus don't exist. Your barista will look at you like you're an idiot if you walk up and ask for something on the secret menu. Find what you're wanting and then figure out the base drink and add from there.

A recipe is always necessary. They don’t know what’s viral online any more than the rest of us. Recipes will make your's and your barista's life so much easier.

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Jimmy Johns Tea

If you get the tea in the morning or early in the day, then it’s probably fine. However, former employees warn about ordering it late at night, mostly because when the tea is made.

The tea is brewed at 5 a.m. by the opening manager and then never replaced throughout the day unless it runs out. Considering tea isn’t the most popular drink, it isn’t often switched out as the day goes on.

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Chipotle Tacos

Okay, so, this isn't really anything gross. It's just to help you save your money in the end. According to a former employee, the tacos at Chipotle get you less than half of the regular portion of what you'd get in a bowl.

Just spend a little bit more on some side tortillas and order a bowl. It'll be more worth it in the end because you get more food for less money. Whether you eat it there or not, that’s more money in your pocket.

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Jimmy John's Gourmet Veggie Club

You would've thought a veggie club would be super healthy compared to other choices, right? Wrong! A 16-inch on 9-grain wheat is over 2,000 calories with super high sodium, fat, and sugar ratings.

You could eat four Big Macs, and that would only be a few calories more (and less fat). At that point, you’re not really eating healthy even if there are vegetables involved.

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Culver's Veggie Burger

So this veggie burger may not be as meat-free as you would think. A Reddit user who used to work at Culver's said that the veggie burgers were kept frozen in the freezer until ordered.

Then, it’s thrown in a microwave to thaw it and cooked on the same grill used to cook regular burgers. To be fair, most fast food places probably do this.

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Sonic Chili

Sonic's chili comes prepackaged in a bag and thrown into a warmer to heat up. Then, it's left there all day long. There's no way for you to know how long it's been sitting there.

Also, if you have food allergies, it may be best to avoid Sonic all-together, as they're usually sloppy with cross-contamination. This varies by location, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Friendly's Tuna Salad

A former employee has said that tuna salad at Friendly's was only made once a week, along with some of the other things that could be prepared ahead of time. Let’s go over that.

The tuna salad is made once a week, so the tuna is sitting there for a minimum of seven days. How many times have you eaten fish that over a week old? Sounds like food poisoning just waiting to happen.

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Burger King Chicken Sandwiches

Is this one that much of a surprise? Getting chicken sandwiches anywhere that the main seller is hamburgers is probably a bad idea because they’re known for beef.

Chicken sandwiches like BK's just wind up sitting around in the warmer for hours and becoming rubbery and gross. Do yourself a favor and just order the burger.

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KFC Barbecue Chicken

An employee dropped the bomb on these barbecue sandwiches. They're stale. Really stale. The chicken is usually soaked and heated for a full month before being served.

A full month?! Yeah, that isn’t something anyone wants to hear before they put food in their mouths. You couldn't even donate that to a homeless shelter.

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Jack-in-the-box Smoothies or Milkshakes

Apparently, nobody cleans the blender. That means you might get some extra bits from other shakes and smoothies that were prepared throughout the day.

Not only is this a mess for cross-contamination and food allergies, but it’s also terrible for the ingredients. Anyone want hours-old milk with their delicious treat?

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Burger King Shakes

Like many other places that aren’t known for their ice cream, the ice cream and shake machines at Burger King are supposedly rarely cleaned.

As if that weren’t bad enough, the shake mixes are often expired (probably because no one buys them). Have it your way, as long as it includes food poisoning!

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Steak ‘N Shake Wisconsin Butter Burger

This one is less of a “dirty” thing as it is an unhealthy thing. This burger apparently has a quarter stick of butter in it. That sounds like Paula Deen levels.

That’s 200 calories from butter. It’s also 23 grams of fat. Yikes. Save your arteries some pain, and just leave this one alone.

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McDonald’s Dipped Ice Cream Cones

A former employee has said that the chocolate is left out all day long. The top layer will congeal and get all gross and employees are just told to mix it back in.

Doesn’t that sound so appealing? The fact that it isn’t really refrigerated is also pretty suspect. We’ll pass, thanks.

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McDonald's McCafe

Any McDonald's worker will tell you never to order ANYTHING from McCafe. Staff usually aren't properly trained to service and clean the machines.

That means anytime you order a McCafe drink, odds are your drink is running through a ridiculously dirty machine. So, maybe avoid that from now on?

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Einstein Bagels Eggs

Fresh eggs, which is usually something you'd want for your bagel, don't come standard here. In fact, the eggs for Einstein Bros. Bagels are simply microwaved and placed in a warming bin until their ready to be served.

Obviously, you'll have no way of knowing just how long they've been sitting there. It could be fresh, or they could be sitting there for hours. Who knows? We’re not willing to take that gamble.

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Panera Pastries

Were you hoping for pastries that are baked fresh daily? Well, they’re absolutely not fresh or baked daily. What you’re getting is something similar to everything else there.

Like the pasta, the desserts and pastries are frozen, too. At this point, we’re questioning what’s actually baked fresh at Panera. Is everything microwaved?

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Domino's Sandwiches

Wait, wait, wait... Domino's has sandwiches? Yeah, apparently. And if you didn't know, believe us, you weren't the only one. Which is why an employee on Reddit went on to blast these sandwiches.

The sandwiches aren’t really fresh. This goes double for things like the Philly Steak or the American cheese since those are only used on sandwiches and one pizza. That means you’re getting old ingredients.

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Burger King Decaf Coffee

A former Burger King worker has said that (at least at their location) decaf didn’t actually make or serve decaf. Their ‘decaf’ was just watered-down regular coffee.

We have two things to say about that. One, watered-down coffee is super gross, and that’s not even close to what decaf actually is. On top of that, it’s super shady.

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Steak n Shake BLT

This one’s not gross, but it might annoy you. A worker said that the BLT is super overpriced for what you get. It’s common for employees to skimp on ingredients (especially the bacon) to help cut costs on their end.

Considering what the BLTs cost, we want more than bread with a couple of pieces of bacon. That’s the only expensive ingredient anyway.

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Panera Soups

Panera is back at it again with the awful ingredients and shady practices. The soups are sent to the stores frozen. and are thawed out in a “re-thermalizer.”

The re-thermalizer is just a sink filled with boiling water. When thawing, the bags usually burst open, and the re-thermalizer often isn’t cleaned very thoroughly. How old are the soups left in the sink?

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Tim Hortons Soups

A former Tim Hortons worker has warned other Redditors about the soups at this popular Canadian chain. The soups are frozen, which isn’t too much of a surprise, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Apparently, that same worker claims that they found maggots in the soup. We’re trying our best not to throw up right now.

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Jersey Mike’s Chicken Parmesan

One Redditor has said that Jersey Mike’s chicken parm is the only thing on the menu they wouldn’t order. The chicken parm is just a frozen, pre-breaded chicken patty that’s thrown in the microwave for a few minutes

Because it’s thawed out in the microwave, the chicken parm is super mushy. Yuck. The bread may soak up some of the moisture, but then you have soggy bread. You can’t win for losing with this sandwich.

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Dairy Queen Salads

Let’s discuss DQ salads because we have a bone to pick. DQ salads are basically just rip-offs because they already cost more than they’re actually worth.

Also, the salads have recently been downsized, but you wouldn’t know that because the bowl changed to make it seem like the portion size is the same. Too shady, DQ. Too shady.

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Dunkin Donuts Hot Chocolate

This one made us gag a little, not gonna lie. A former Dunkin Donuts employee on Reddit revealed that the hot chocolate has thickening agents, including Cellulose Gum and Xanthan Gum.

The amount of preservatives in the chocolate would also keep it fresh longer than most of us would live. Let’s just skip this one, shall we?

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Subway Roast Beef

Have you ever noticed that sheen on the roast beef at Subway? Us, too. We always wondered what it was, and thankfully, a former employee was happy enough to share the details.

The former employee said that the roast beef was so chock full of preservatives that it was “iridescent.” So much for “eat fresh.”

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Sheetz Burgers

According to a former Sheetz worker, the grill marks on their burgers are fake. Apparently, the burgers are actually microwaved.

Which begs the question: what do they use to put the grill marks on the burger? We don’t know, but we DO know that microwaved burgers are disgusting.

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Firehouse Subs Steak or Chicken

A former Firehouse Subs shift manager has said that anything other than sliced meat or the meatball sub isn’t worth it. This means steak and chicken is off the menu.

The steak is usually frozen and super greasy. As for the chicken, it’s frozen and packaged. All around, not worth the price, which seems to be increasing every year at Firehouse.

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