A McDonald’s worker claims that he has been fired after posting a photo of the drip tray from the restaurant’s ice cream machine on Twitter. The tray appears to be completely filthy and covered in mould, and paints a pretty bad picture regarding the health and safety guidelines that the fast food giant says is central to their business.
The images were posted by an employee called Nick, who was working at a Louisiana branch of McDonald’s at the time. The photos were captioned with Nick saying: “This came out of McDonald’s ice cream machine in case y’all were wondering…” earlier this month.
However, quick to respond, McDonald’s released a statement writing: “We are committed to running great restaurants that provide our customers with high quality food, service and a clean environment. This is a part of our soft serve equipment that does not come into contact with any food and is required to undergo regular and timely cleaning”. It is believed that McDonald’s have now fired Nick for posts, which can be seen below.
Not just content with one tweet, Nick wrote a further post, which contained some horrific shots of the restaurants floors that looked like they were covered in sick, and captioned it “Nice and dirty…”
The drip trays that McDonald’s use for their ice cream machines are meant to be cleaned by restaurant managers. However, Nick insists that he has never seen anyone go near them, let alone clean them and had some other startling revelations about the company.
“Sometimes my coworkers would drop the food and put it back on the bun,” he said in an interview, explaining that he’s “seen it happen several times.”
The post went viral on Twitter, with a lot of people bashing McDonald’s for their lack of cleanliness and one Wendy’s employee was quick to point out the difference in standards at their restaurant.
However, while we are sure that this was a rarity for the restaurant, and that the majority of their kitchens are a lot cleaner than this, Louisiana Department of Health records show that there have been some major concerns regarding the cleanliness of McDonald’s within the state. There are two McDonald’s in Laplace, and although Nick wouldn’t say which one he worked for, one of the locations had three “critical corrected” infractions, including unclean surfaces and utensils, cross-contamination of raw and ready-to-eat food and improper storage of toxic chemicals.
Nick says that he has been fired from the company for his tweets and went on to say that he feels like he has done nothing wrong. He claims the he only intended to expose the truth about what people are really eating when they visit McDonald’s as he feels like customers would be unaware of the truth, saying “I sacrificed my job to show people what they’re really eating”.
Keen to get some publicity for his revelations, Nick is now trying to get the attention of the talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, but so far it has been to little avail. It remains to be seen if Nick will manage to get his story on primetime television, but it’s safe to say that I won’t be getting a McFlurry anytime soon.