As one of the oldest fast-food restaurants in the world, McDonald's truly set the tone for what on-the-go eateries need to do in order to be successful. Even children get jittery when they see those golden arches, knowing they get to have one of their own containers of salty fries. As a brand, they're worth billions of dollars and spew out deals, songs, and new menu items all the time.
In recent years, however, the fast-food industry has taken a blow. The world has gotten healthier and seems to be more interested in what goes into their food. Thanks to the Internet, we've seen enough Reddit threads and videos of how McDonald's' food is so processed that it never really goes bad. If that's true, what do the workers have to say about working there? Take a look at these 10 things McDonald's workers don't want their customers to know.
10 WANT FRESH FRIES? YOU GOTTA ASK
You may think your fries are coming out nice and fresh because they're typically warm and salty but that's all thanks to a heat lamp and oil. If you're looking for fresh fries, you have to ask for them — and you better be okay with waiting because it takes some time.
Some workers may seem irritated that they need to make a fresh batch, but according to a Reddit thread, restaurants have timers for when it's time to make some fresh again (and those timers aren't always followed). So you're better off asking.
9 THERE’S A CHEAPER WAY TO GET YOUR FAVORITE MEAL
McDonald's is pretty cheap but there's a way to order your favorite meals for even cheaper. One former worked noted that if you wanted an Egg McMuffin for cheap, all you gotta do is order a Sausage McMuffin with an egg on the side.
It's the same meal and saved you a couple of bucks. You can do similar things with Kids Meals by just asking for a double portion of fries.
8 DOUBLE THINK BEFORE GETTING AN APPLE PIE
People near and far adore McDonald's' apple pies. They're crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. They're even better if you take them home and warm them up! However, I think we all know these tiny pies are the freshest of pies. There's a huge difference between these handhelds and our grandmother's pies at Thanksgiving, right?
According to Eat This, one worker noted that when an expiration date goes bad on an apple pie, workers keep the pie as is and just stamps a new expiration date on top...
7 SALADS AREN’T ALWAYS HEALTHIER
Fast-food restaurants may have started selling burgers, fries, and nuggets because they were quick and easy to eat on-the-move, but over time people were missing healthier options. This is when they started experimenting with salads, wraps, and yogurts. However, just because you see a bed of lettuce doesn't mean it's healthy.
In fact, a few workers said that some are unhealthier than burgers and nuggets. Thanks to candied nuts and thick, buttermilk dressings, those things make the calorie and fat content go way up in comparison to a burger.
6 ONIONS THAT AREN’T REAL
It's clear that McDonald's doesn't have the healthiest of meals. But do people really go through drive-thrus for healthy options? No. They drive through because they're hungry and need food on-the-move.
While some sandwiches have lettuce and tomato on them, others just have onion and cheese. But one worker wants us to take notice of the onions in particular. According to So Yummy, one worker said those "100% real onions" are actually dehydrated onions that are dumped into a bucket where they're left to be stirred every so often.
5 ROUND EGGS ARE REAL EGGS
McDonald's breakfasts are just as famous as their lunches and dinners. However, there has been some criticism revolving around the eggs on the sandwiches. When you look at the egg on the sandwich, they don't really look like how an egg should look.
However, the round eggs (like the ones on Egg McMuffins) are the "real" eggs. They're physically cracked by the workers into round pans where they're then steamed. The non-round eggs, on the other hand, not so much.
4 DOES IT TASTE OLD? BECAUSE IT COULD BE
Remember how we said that McDonald's apple pies aren't always fresh and are actually given new expiration dates when they're not sold? Well, their menu items aren't always fresh either.
Apparently, they don't always throw away old food. One employee said "Once food was cooked, it went into a warming bin. Each bin had a timer on it, and once that timer went off, you were supposed to toss the food.” But not every employee tosses the food.
3 NO SALT, PLEASE! (Fries with no salt)
If you're looking for fresh fries but are afraid you're not going to be given some, ask for fresh fries to be made without salt.
Sure, most workers hate when this happens because it takes some time to create fresh fries but normal bathes always contain different oils and salt. So if you're looking for fries without salt, a new batch has to be made.
2 THE MCFLURRY MACHINES ARE NOT CLEAN
McFlurries may be good when you're eating them but that doesn't happen often because their machines are constantly on the fritz. It seems like every time we want a McFlurry the machine is broken.
Thanks to a McDonald's employee, though, we may know why. Those machines aren't very clean. Cleaning the machines can be difficult and are often filled with different concoctions that are used to make the frozen treat. And when not cleaned correctly, just imagine what goes into your cup.
1 THEY DON’T WEAR GLOVES
Have you ever noticed that most of the people handling the food in the McDonald's kitchen don't wear gloves? Well, they don't. But there are a few health protocols these employees need to take, according to Eat This. I'll take that Big Mac with a side of rhinovirus, please!
The reason they don't wear gloves is because the same bacteria that would be found on the hand would also be found on the glove and it would be a continuous cycle. So they wash their hands a lot. At least we hope...