From disgusting taco toppings to foul smells so nasty that employees go on strike, fast food atrocities are essentially an American pastime – traumatic but amusingly horrifying to hear.
Given that American fast food chains sometimes lack quality, to say the least, and have been known to skimp on beef (while apparently being downright calorie-reckless), questionable food experiences are all too common.
Leave this to Reddit to uncover the true depths of depravity. Like campfire horror stories, but with disgusting fast food meat products instead of ghosts, this recent Reddit thread details heartbreaking first-person accounts from former employees that might make you think when you order a tuna submarine or a cup of chili, again .
And don’t miss 8 fast food chains with dubious ingredients.
Speaking of chili, it seems like a common menu item for disgusting mystery meats. Of course, not all chilies are inherently weird or bad—in fact, if they’re made right and with quality ingredients, they can be downright delicious.
But when it’s done wrong, i.e. with leftover hot dogs, it’s less surprising. One Reddit user mentioned that a friend of his made a Wiener Schnitzel, where the chili was, shall we say, “not up to school standards.”
Because they had to add more meat to the chili to get past the code, the commenter says they used old hamburgers, dogs (presumably hot dogs, not, you know…) and worst of all, expired ground beef from the freezer cameras.
“The bro told me straight out, ‘Never eat our chili.’
If there’s one fast food chain known for its chili peppers, it’s Wendy’s, so it’s no wonder Reddit has a few stories to share. While there are no reports of leftover hot dogs and expired ground beef, it’s still not good, according to this Reddit user: “If I had to complain about Wendy’s, it was chili peppers.” All the meat in chili is just a hamburger. meat that was thrown too ambitiously on the grill during rush hours that was never used for a hamburger. They cut it up and throw it in the chili.”
Another commentator shares these unfortunate feelings. Recalling how he worked at Wendy’s in high school, the commentator says that whenever a hamburger isn’t the best, it’s reserved for chili, tossed into a bucket next to the grill for later.
“At the end of each shift, the person dumps all the old hamburgers into a larger bucket of old hamburgers that may or may not be covered,” they say… and it gets worse. “Overnight they cool down, the fat hardens, and the meat becomes quite gray and strange. This meat may not be frozen, but it is still quite difficult to separate. and crush it into small pieces again. Now the raw, greyish, lukewarm yesterday’s hamburger meat is ready to be used in the chili.”
In addition to “ice cream” filled with corn syrup, Dairy Queen has plenty of non-dairy options to order and worry about. One Reddit user whose first job was at Dairy Queen mentions that he tried to improve the cleanliness and quality of the restaurant as a kitchen manager, but ran into some difficulties.
In addition to Blizzard’s ingredients lingering too long in metal vats (“the stuff at the bottom was moldy,” they note), they describe how the tomatoes are pre-cooked in excess, chilled overnight until they “turn glassy and are falling apart. “Oh, and the restaurant used an old wilted lettuce.
Most disturbing, however, is their direct comment “don’t eat taco meat” presented without any details.
One of the most nostalgic pizza chains in America, Pizza Hut, has been on a roller coaster of late, teetering between struggle and success — and by “success,” we mean they managed to stop a massive closure. .
But closure or not, some questionable ingredients are putting customers and employees on their own roller coaster. According to a Reddit user, ham pizza is a big no-no at Hut.
“I worked at a pizzeria a while ago and the ham got this disgusting gray color within a day or after opening the package,” they recall in chilling detail. “You just couldn’t tell if it was opened 24th (sic) ago or 2 weeks ago. But while cooking, it turned pink again, which always confused me.”
For many, Orange Julius is a particular type of Americana nostalgia, distinctly associated with the food courts of yesteryear. Given that mall food courts are as popular as video rental stores today, it’s no surprise that Orange Julius has all but disappeared from the fast food scene.
Perhaps if he served fresher food, he might have more stamina? For one Reddit user whose first job was at Orange Julius, leftover hot dogs are a form of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“We cooked hot dogs on a rotating grill for everyone to see. At the end of the day, if they weren’t bought, we had to throw them away. I mean, they were almost burnt and wrinkled.”
It only goes downhill from there, adding that the manager was there once when they had three hot dogs left.
“He put them in the fridge and told me to use them the next day in a chili or cheese dog where the customer couldn’t see the hot dog. To this day, I feel sorry for the customer who got the chili dog the next morning. .”
The American roast beef chain is full of secrets. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), we have a former Arby employee with a Reddit account who sheds light on the secrets mentioned. It turns out that the chain’s signature product, the roast beef sandwich, is not real roast beef.
“Instead, it’s a pressed block of beef scraps. It comes in a bag filled with beef broth and you just heat it all up in the oven for a few hours.”
The user added that after the compressed block of beef (mmm!) is heated, it is placed on the slicer and left under the lamp for several hours.
It was only a matter of time before the Subway chain, as widely known for its controversial secrets as it is for sandwiches, made an all too prominent appearance on this Reddit thread. And it starts and ends with tuna. Arguably the most infamous sandwich order on the menu (the fact that Subway had to sue over their tuna doesn’t look good), tuna is constantly questioned and largely maligned as mystery meat.
And if that’s not enough, one Reddit user pointed out the troubling origins of tuna.
“I worked on the subway in my senior year of high school. What bothered me was the way the tuna was packaged: in a big metal bag (to keep it fresh, I think). make that squealing sound. And because I’ve made so many subs, I’ve completely given up on those sandwiches ever again.”
They are not alone. Another Reddit user has a similar tuna injury.
“I distinctly remember the first time I cooked tuna. Ours came in a giant jar (maybe it doesn’t exist anymore?) and watched in horror as my trainer poured an absurd amount of mayonnaise (probably a 64-ounce jug) into a giant vat and told me to mix.”
Aside from the obscene mayonnaise, that sounds harmless enough… yet it doesn’t.
“But not with a spoon. Oh no, we had to do it by hand (and this was before gloves became mandatory, we had to wash our hands all the time). The smell will linger for several days, no matter how much you try to wash your hands.” I used to not mind tuna sandwiches, but after that I almost stopped eating them. I have never been so happy to quit my job.”
Sometimes it’s not even about low quality meat, leftover hot dogs or pressed beef blocks. Sometimes it’s just something as simple as disgusting overkill.
“I used to work at Friendliness,” says one Reddit user. “We had a melted grilled cheeseburger. It was a hamburger sandwiched between two small grilled cheese sandwiches. That was calories for a day and a half.
This is what nutritionists dream of, and what you eat when you hit rock bottom. Or, as another commenter succinctly put it, “I ate this when I didn’t care about life.” The chain may be planning a comeback, but let’s hope they stop serving heart attack food to their customers.