McDonald’s worker reveals secrets of fast-food giant (and warns against ordering grilled chicken)

A McDonald’s worker has lifted the lid on  what it is really like to work at one of the restaurants in the chain in a  candid and hilarious Internet conversation.

The unnamed man claims that some staff at his  branch deal marijuana from the parking lot and that if somebody comes in high  they will ‘practically give you free food’.

Burgers and chicken are left to stew for ‘hours on end’ whilst staff moan about having to make Happy Meals as they are  time-consuming.


Exposed: A McDonald’s worker has revealed what it is  really like to work at the fast-food chain; he claims that some staff deal  marijuana from the parking lot and that if somebody comes in high they will  ¿practically give you free food¿

Staff jokingly call their company ‘The Party’ after the totalitarian political group in George Orwell’s 1984.

And to get through the day they keep telling  themselves: ‘Never, ever underestimate the ignorance of the  customer.’

Contrary to popular myth, the worker also  claims he has never seen anybody put anything in the food – and says the tables  are wiped down every 10 minutes.

The man’s conversation appeared on and quickly went viral as it  confirmed some people’s worst fears about the company.

He has not revealed his identity or where he  lives but said he is leaving his restaurant – one of the top 500 in the country – in two months to go to college.

asdfRevelations: Staff at one McDonald’s branch get through  the day by telling themselves: ¿Never, ever underestimate the ignorance of the  customer¿ (file photo)

The worker said that the worst thing he ever  saw was his colleague selling marijuana to another employee just outside the  restaurant.

But he added: ‘If you came to our Mcdonald’s  high, we would practically give you free food.

‘Everyone makes mistakes, so yeah it might of  been embarrassing to screw up your change, but there is no way in hell anyone  would turn you in.

‘Our Mcdonalds parking lot is a notorious  spot for Ents (people who smoke marijuana) to hang out, because if you just sit  in your car and blaze, it simply (at night, at least) looks like kids just  eating food they just got in the drive thru. The perfect alibi.’

The worker claims that ‘nobody’ at his  restaurant messes with the food as it would be ‘the biggest d*** move  ever’.

Yet he tells people to avoid the double  quarter pounder with cheese as it is the unhealthiest thing on the menu with the  highest amount of sodium, carbohydrate and calories.


Misery Meal: The worker writes that Happy Meals are the  biggest bore because you have to work out the toy, the drink and what dessert  goes with it

The worker claims that few people order the  grilled chicken items so it can remain there for two hours under a steamer set  on ‘high’.

And if a customer orders a Happy Meal staff  roll their eyes as they are ‘the biggest pain in the ass’ because you have to  work out the toy, the drink and what dessert goes with it.

Apart from Happy Meals, oatmeal and iced  coffee take the most time to make.

Burgers too can be left out for far longer  than people would like.

The worker writes: ‘I cannot stress enough  that things differ from location to location (Based on rankings, staff, overall  “prestige” if you will of the McDonalds), but for ours, 10 minutes tops (if  already made).

‘Otherwise, the patties can sit in the  steamers for up to an hour before they lose structural integrity (meaning, 1 out  of 100 people might be able to tell it doesn’t taste fresh).

‘Our McDonalds is one of the top 500 in  America though, so we go hard in the paint, so to speak. If you go to some  “s*****” one, maybe out in the boonies of nowhere, they could have their burgers  sitting out for hours on end.’


Insider secrets: Contrary to popular myth, the worker  also claims he has never seen anybody put anything in the food

Over the course of the conversation on  Reddit, the worker claimed that the customers caused most of the problems, such  as the man who once tried to pay with board game money.

Another came in wearing white y-fronts and  nothing else whilst one man ‘nearly made it to second base’ with his girlfriend  whilst waiting in line.

Then there are the abusive customers, one of  whom threw and ice cream at him or screamed ‘I oughta mothaf***** kill  you’.

People who do not understand English also  pose problems as they hold up the drive thru line, although the man who drove up  in the exact replica of the Mystery Machine drew much mirth.

Then there were the two families who started  rowing in the parking lot, causing half the restaurant to go outside and  watch.

When the manager threatened to call the  police they went to a neighbouring parking lot and carried on  fighting.

Recounting one episode, he writes: ‘One time  I was working front counter when a mom and her kid were in the lobby filling up  their drinks at the drink station.

‘The kid was whining about something, and the  mom wasn’t really paying attention to the kid. Kid walks over to the sweet tea  container, and holds down the auto-lock handle. Me, just watching this ensue,  does not move, does not even say: ‘Hey! stop!’

‘I just watch the kid go unnoticed for about  20 seconds, draining 2 gallons of sweet tea onto himself, and onto the floor.  The lady turns around, flips s*** and I am still standing there with the same  expression on my face of ‘well, that kids a dumbass’.

‘2 gallons of sweet tea on the floor, I walk  over there and asked her if she wanted any napkins.’

On another occasion a customer who tried to  get behind the counter was stopped by a 6ft 4in maintenance man called ‘Big Tim’ who picked him up and took him outside.

Then there are the games they play to pass  the time, such as ‘guess the race’.

He writes: ‘Since we cannot see the people  (only hear them on the drive thru headset, until they pull around), all  employees play “guess the race” games most days.

‘I’ve personally gotten pretty good, certain  races order certain food items together, and combined with the makes of their  car, we are able to guess accurately before we see them face to face.

‘(Pontiac, dodge, or chevy are almost all  driven by blacks)’

In his final thoughts, the worker writes: ‘Never, ever underestimate the ignorance of the customer.

‘I know that sounds bad, but the key to  enjoying the job, is to keep calm, and be chill about everything.

‘The last thing you want to do is instigate  an argument by yelling or something, because that evens out the playing field.

‘If you act chill, and act like you ain’t  even mad about anything, everyone will respect you, and make your life (for the  most part) easier.

His appraisal of working at McDonald’s is  also surprisingly upbeat.

He writes: ‘If anything is to be taken from  this though, I’ve said honestly this has been the best job experience ever.

‘The workers and employees I’ve worked with,  have been the most diverse and colourful personalities I have ever met.

‘It’s been great job experience prepping  myself for the real world in/after college work life. Everything has been  amazing, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If they fire me for the truth, so  be it.’

MailOnline has reached out to McDonald’s for  comment.

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