Gross! Wendy's worker busted on camera

An employee of the fast-food chain is caught chugging a Frosty straight from the tap, adding to a recent string of disgusting fast-food images.

By Jason Notte Jun 13, 2013 4:29PM
Wendy's employee eating ice cream out of a machine (via without the fatty concoctions they cook or the occasional horse meat they serve, fast food workers can be nasty. Seriously, some of you folks are just gross.

The American public's stomachs are just now untwisting themselves after taking in images of a since-fired employee at Yum Brands' (YUM) Taco Bell licking a stack of shells, a similarly terminated KFC employee licking a pile of mashed potatoes, a sacked Burger King (BKW) employee stomping on a bin of lettuce and another Taco Bell employee nuking his career by urinating on a plate of nachos.

Now those stomachs are turning again, thanks to a Reddit photo of a Wendy's (WEN) employee who decided to dispense a Frosty into his mouth straight from the machine.

A Wendy's spokesman would not identify the worker or the location where the Frosty foul took place, according to USA Today. "Obviously, the employee broke the rules," the spokesman told the newspaper. "He is no longer at the restaurant. The franchisee is meeting with the restaurant team to reinforce proper procedures."

Listen, we get it.  Fifty-two percent of American workers hate their jobs and 284,000 college grads are earning minimum wage in gigs that aren't much of a challenge for them. Productivity has almost nothing to do with wages anymore and the incentive for workers to do bad jobs well is shrinking with their paychecks.

That said, eww. Boredom isn't an excuse to assault the public at large with bodily enzymes and secretions. Even when you're careful enough to avoid contact with the food and machinery, as the Frosty guzzler appeared to be, a mind-numbing job isn't improved by a daylong brain freeze at 41 calories per ounce.

Plus, do you really want to incur the wrath of Wendy's? It's the one giant fast-food chain that more than half of all Americans actually like and you're cutting off your supply of Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburgers for the foreseeable future just to freebase some Frosty today.

Also, corporate food service workers, haven't you caught on to the fact that anything remotely out of the ordinary that happens at your job with a smartphone nearby is going to end up on Reddit, and then just about everywhere else? It's basically the fast-food industry's de facto human resources office.

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Jun 13, 2013 7:49PM
To those of you out there advocating this living wage crap, do you seriously think this POS would behave differently if he were paid better?  Scum is as scum does.  
Jun 13, 2013 5:45PM
Just more copycat crap.  Unfortunately this one will probably vote.  Worse, he may even multiply!
Jun 13, 2013 7:47PM
The way to stop this stuff is to put them in jail for 30 days
Jun 13, 2013 5:33PM
What about all the employees who never wash their hands after going #2?     Funny how pics always get attention.
Jun 13, 2013 5:44PM
That's why I don't eat at fast food restaurants! 
Jun 14, 2013 12:29AM

The people who do this need to start going to jail for it. This sort of food tampering is dangerous and it is illegal. Send a few of these punks to jail (this one and the taco bell licker too) and maybe you can cut down on this sort of stuff.


Note to Wendy's and Taco Bell: Prove to me that you are serious about stopping this stuff by pressing charges against these punks or I simply will eat elsewhere.

Jun 13, 2013 5:40PM
Just reward for this idiot would be to post his name, address and phone number along with this picture.  This way, this pathetic excuse of a human will be out there in perpetuity, and perhaps will never be hired again.  This is just for the photo moment, but his disgusting bacteria laden mouth is too damn close to the equipment.  Same for all of the cretins who decide to copy and make fame.  Sometime there are jokes, and other times people go to restaurants and die from the experience.  I don't think it is at all cute.  Make them pay for a brand new machine, and see just how soon anyone else does this.  I recently had a relative who ate at a restaurant, came home and that was the last meal eaten.  What if, some jerk messed around and helped cause an allergic reaction by simply being stupid, or put a foreign body in the meal and caused an individual to expire?  What if after that a person dies from 'harmless' messing around? This is a possibility.  That buggar in the burger may be consumed by someone with a health issue that may have little ability to fight off infection.  Many scenarios, but all because people doing these things have no moral sense.  May this guy have real problems finding another job.
Jun 13, 2013 5:57PM
They want to be fired.................then they can collect unemployment and sit home instead of working.No other reason for this sort of behaviot
Jun 13, 2013 5:47PM
Jun 13, 2013 6:05PM

I stopped eating fast food approximately 5 yrs ago.  I ordered an angus burger and when I took my first bite realized they didn't remove the wax paper that's used to separate the burgers.  That was enough for me to realize I'm eating fast food at my own risk.  But I have to say this really grossed me out.  I thought the ice cream was at least the safest thing you can get there.  My idea of fast food is pizza.


I have heard my share of horror stories about disgruntled employees in all different kinds of restaurants.  Any employee that would intentionally try to harm an innocent customer is someone who has way bigger issues.  It is irrelevant how rude the customer is or how the customer treats you.  I don't think the fact that fast food employees get minimum wage make it okay to behave this way.  The fast food industry, in my opinion, are money hungry beyond reason.  They never cared about the fat content or calories or the health of their customers.  The public pounded on this new easy & cheap way to eat.  In order to sell cheap food (which isn't so cheap anymore btw) they have to hire cheap help.  The young man that decided to suck the frosty machine made that decision because he wasn't paid enough?  I feel sympathy for his parents if they raised him better or blame them if they didn't.

Jun 13, 2013 11:23PM
How long will it be before the health departments start fining the employees also when caught. Like OSHA does to employees now in the manufacturing field when they are caught violating OSHAs safety rules, it could cost them lot of money as well as the company firing them, I know I've seen it happen, but lucky for him at least he didn't get fired, he just got an $1500.00 fine (YIKES) just because he did not use tongs when handling small objects in the power brake. It's just an matter of time before this happens, because the health departments WILL get tired of this kind of stuff happening.    
Jun 13, 2013 7:18PM
Why do these kids keep posting these pictures?  Haven't they figured out they're going to lose their job over it?
This isn't something new.  I've worked in fast food for years and I've seen plenty.  You can either close your mind to what you think might have happened to your food or just go ahead and eat it.  Believe me, I've walked out of several diners because I didn't like what was going on behind the counter.  One example was the cook scratching his butt.  No thanks.
Jun 13, 2013 5:08PM

Well, I would strongly recommend that Wendys Corp DOES reveal the location of that incident, not only immediately but very publicly because I am certainly NOT going to any Wendys restaurant, ever again, until I know where that happened. Furthermore, each and every person and business on all of my email lists will be notified of this and I'm sure that many will agree with me.


Jun 13, 2013 7:39PM
this is digusting looks like all fast food are nasty they can't be trusted really we don't know what they do to the food same as the restaurant  nasty nasty
Jun 13, 2013 10:46PM
Please SUBWAY workers do not do any of these gross things like above or else I'm done with fast food forever.
Jun 13, 2013 7:19PM
YUK!!  Just 10 minutes ago I got Frosties for my grandchildren.  I hope this Wendy's jerk  wasn't in Colorado!  YUUUUUK!
Jun 13, 2013 6:13PM
One people see things of this sort it make them not want to eat at any fast food restaurant, it even makes one think why eat at any restaurant unless you know the establishment and it's one you trust.
Jun 14, 2013 10:38AM
WTF is wrong with this generation?  Seriously??  It seeme like everyone born after 1990 has a chip on their shoulder, thinks the world somehow owes them for being alive, total idiots or are just plain lazy.  I know this really IS NOT the case and there are some true achievers out there, but dang !
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