In the past, it was taboo to talk publicly about employers, especially online. But amid the waves of the COVID-19 pandemic and amid national strike and call minimum wage increase, the creators began to share their working conditions. And the TikTok generation couldn’t hold back.
This was the year that fast-food vendors arrested their followers behind the scenes, accusing their owners of ill-treatment, unsanitary food conditions and general negligence.
The trend of naming popular food chains and brands isn’t going offline anytime soon. We’ve rounded up 15 viral stories that stick with us in 2021 — and that might make you rethink where you’re spending your money.
Bryan Johnston, 16, shared a video on TikTok showing the amount of wasted food his Dunkin location generates nightly. He eventually responded to the comments by sharing another video in which he took some donuts and gave them to firefighters and homeless people.
According to Johnston, the video was enough for company officials to notice. He said he was fired for creating negative attention and evading store policy, triggering a double wave of frustration with the popular coffee chain.
“Clearly, Dunkin’ doesn’t want people to see them throwing away so many donuts, just because they don’t want to pay people to give them to the homeless,” he declared.
Chick-fil-A has caused a negative reputation for donate to anti-LGBTQ organizations, but one worker said that in her experience, a lack of concern for others extends to employees.
TikToker @lelaaaarealfuni detailed her experience, including claiming she was asked by her manager to give a customer money for his meal. Like Dunkin’ workers, she said the company came across her video and wasn’t pleased. But that’s too bad because this TikToker quit after just three days of work — with the overwhelming support of viewers.
There are several kitchen exhibitions in the fast food world this year, thanks to TikTok. One of the more memorable events was when a McDonald’s employee allegedly showed the inside of an ice cream machine with a McFlurry residue that “wasn’t really going to appear.”
Viewers aren’t necessarily surprised to see a filthy ice cream machine, but it certainly discourages some from ordering frozen treats from the franchise. Others, however, pledged allegiance to McD’s ice cream – claiming the machines were still in business.
A TikToker told viewers in September that workers at the Wingstop location where she claims to be an assistant manager had been instructed not to wear gloves when working with food. She also said staff were asked not to throw away any food that fell on the floor.
While commenters indicated that they had seen Wingstop employees wearing gloves at other locations, others weren’t sure what to think. Some expressed concern about the possibility that there could be unsanitary practices going on at any of the chain’s restaurants.
A Chipotle sign announced that the store was closed after half of the employees — including the manager — walked out in the middle of a shift. The announcement went viral on TikTok in November after months of similar stories happening across the US. The walkout happened in Bardstown Road, Kentucky and inspired viewers who are frustrated with their own service industry jobs, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An alleged former Chipotle manager said: “My team and I have been yelled at, thrown food at us, and called degrading and dehumanizing things as simple as order. messy,” said a former Chipotle manager.
Even though the store reopened just a day later, commenters cheered those who decided to demand better from their owners.
A Subway employee allegedly lifted the curtain about the chain’s steaks in another TikTok video of how the dishes are prepared at their fast food restaurant.
Users found the meat turning from prepackaged chunks to crumbs very unappealing, with at least one viewer saying they “wouldn’t even let my dog eat that”.
Starbucks has had a hard time keeping ingredients and supplies on hand this year, something that employees on TikTok were frustrated with as many people tried to create videos to explain to customers what was going on. .
Specifically, One TikToker shared a video in which she accused Starbucks where she works of buying ingredients from grocery stories to try to mimic their beverage products because of syrups, milk and Other items exclusive to Starbucks are not in stock. Viewers were disappointed but also delighted to understand why they couldn’t order their favorite drink off the menu.
In terms of fast food, McDonald’s has some of the best fries in the game. But sometimes customers get a little narcissistic and ask for fresher fries. An employee allegedly showed people on TikTok how, exactly, they handled those requests in their place.
Instead of actually giving customers new fries, they were supposed to just dip the old ones in the deep fryer to reheat quickly. The video has drawn mixed reactions from viewers, although many argue that people need to lower their expectations when it comes to fast food — and that the staff is often overworked with the food. Eat fast. Either way, everyone now knows what can happen when you send those chips back.
A TikToker who identifies himself as a former Wendy’s manager has singled out his franchise’s location for abusing workers during an already difficult pandemic that has resulted in frequent staff shortages. He said the store had no general manager for three months, and he essentially ran Wendy’s on his own — all for $14.77 an hour.
But once a new general manager appeared, things were supposed to get worse. TikToker said that when he finally admitted to himself and his colleagues that he was exhausted and ready to throw off his apron, 17 other employees quit along with him. He said they closed the store, left things in shambles and never returned as a sarcastic “thank you” for all the help they never got while they were there. difficulty.
A chicken delivery driver to various Popeye restaurants in the Washington, DC area, is said to have closed temporarily after he filmed rats running around the kitchen and uploaded it to TikTok.
According to @blaqazzrick01, there are about 15 rats visible in the kitchen where he is said to have dropped the food. He filmed rats running up the wall, scurrying all over the floor, and apparently taking over the place when no one was around. The venue was said to have been closed for health violations, but viewers in the DC area lamented that every restaurant on the property allegedly had rats running around; they just don’t usually appear on TikTok.
TikToker @mommymilkies42069 named Little Caesars where she allegedly worked to cook with frozen pizza dough after the company claimed it was “the only national pizza chain that makes its dough at home, daily , at any location”.
TikToker showed the packaging making the claim, followed by a video of frozen dough being sorted in the freezer. Viewers who claimed to have worked at Little Caesars locations were repulsed, recounting all the times they said they made the dough themselves and assumed the dough was frozen until later in the day when needed. The TikToker followed up with another video of frozen dough balls that she said would be delivered to her store every week.
Precise frozen pizza dough isn’t a deal breaker for most people, but some commenters wanted to make sure that the pizza franchise was honest about what they promised customers.
A technician servicing ice machines has shared a video of water freezing in an unidentified restaurant’s machine, allegedly due to lack of regular cleaning. It’s something @jantheman__ says he sees all the time, and suggests that if you think you got food poisoning from a restaurant, it’s most likely from a dirty ice machine.
It’s not a surprising revelation if you think about it, but most fast food patrons probably don’t like it. However, consider skipping the non-carbonated drink next time you’re picking up a burger and fries.
A TikToker popped up on his Dunkin’ regular to ask people who work with impatient customers how long they go without a break.
One worker’s response shocked viewers, as he said he sometimes worked eight or nine hours without slowing down, which he said he “quite certainly broke the law”. labor”. Several viewers said their experiences working at different Dunkin locations were similar. Other commenters point out that companies will often take advantage when they can, and workers have to ask for better.
Starbucks had a hard time keeping supplies during the summer, but stores raised prices as November ended with Red Cup Holiday, a transition into the holiday season when Starbucks locations stocked up. reusable cups with a certain amount of purchase.
But the company’s interest in mass selling can be a headache for Starbucks employees, at least one of whom made a TikTok video to show how hectic things got. Other employees tweeted similar feelings, referring to the day as similar to how retail employees approach Black Friday.
“I LIVED. YALL STILL SAFE,” one alleged employee concluded.
While this isn’t a TikToker hanging out with the company or their clients, it’s simply too weird to ignore. Back in April, people on social media noticed that the Instagram of a Philadelphia Bareburger had begun posting all kinds of anti-employee sentiment, from stories to posts to full-blown arguments with fellow employees. dissidents in the comments.
“No one wants to work when they can be lazy to receive Unemployment Benefits and a stimulus,” one post read. The statement also notes that the restaurant pays $5 per hour for employees to work from home and $10 per hour for employees to work from home – which immediately tells customers why there is no who works.
The company then claimed the account was “hacked” but this is 2021, not 2001 and absolutely no one uses that excuse anymore.
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