The golden arches. The hallowed grounds on which the Big Mac is doled out daily. The sacred haven for 2 AM drunk folk and breakfast-seekers alike. McDonald's sees a fair amount of strange folk passing through the drive-thru. But what about those that work behind the counter? What do the burger-flippers, fry-fryers and order-takers have to say about their place of employment? McDonald's employees have taken to the Internet to share their tales about McDonald's.
There's no better place to find these first-hand accounts than Reddit. The site is chock full of crazy tales from McDonald's – stories that involve bodily fluids, perverts, physical injuries, thievery, and debauchery as far as the eyes of Ronald McDonald can see. Delve into the behind the scenes stories from McDonald's workers and prepare to wonder if you'll ever be lovin' it again.
"I worked at McDonald's as well and learned first hand how that place slowly sucks your soul away...
For example. One day I was working and as I was about to take the order of the next person in line, he just f****** fell over and started having a heart attack. Everyone froze and I ran to the back of the store and told the manager to call an ambulance, which she promptly did. But the sick part is, while this man was lying on the floor turning blue and dying three feet away from me, my other managers told me I was required to keep working. SO here I am just making a f****** millkshake with some guy dying right in front of my face so that the [people] waiting in line at the drive through can get on with their day. It was entirely [effed] up.
meanwhile, the customers seated at the tables continued to eat and converse despite the turmoil surrounding them. Some were even pointing at the guy suffering from the heart attack and laughing to their friends.
McDonald's taught me how callous the world is."
"About 5 years ago, I saw a McDonalds' employee scooping out the piss from a pube plugged urinal with a McDonalds' drink cup. Piss was full to the top. I had to say to him "dude your job sucks" He just looked at me like he was going to cry, took another scoop of piss and emptied it into a five gallon pail with a loud splash and just said "[I] know."
I instantly had hate for the manager that was making him do that on what was probably just a slow part of the day. Like hire a f*cking plumber. "
"What is the worst employee injury that you have personally witnessed or experienced while working at McD's?
I worked at an Oklahoma McDonald's for 3 years in HS/undergrad, and I witnessed a guy reach into a deep fryer, bare handed, up to his elbow, to retrieve a wayward McNugget. It was the worst scream I've ever heard, and when he yanked his arm out of the fryer, an arc of hot grease shot across the make-line and hit some girl in the face.
It was actually pretty traumatizing."
"Every few months, the restaurant undergoes an inspection from a McOpCo consultant. This is called an FOR. Before the FOR, the owner gets everyone to clean, paint,, brush up on their skills/habits, etc. On one of these occasions, I was tasked with cleaning behind the vats and the grills. The accumulation of grease, dropped, rotting meat and chicken products that were festering underneath was enough to give me nightmares.
The grease was pooled on the floor and there were grease stalagmites on the ground. Trapped in the burnt and encrusted filth were hundreds of flies."