Food Workers Reveal the Grossest Health Hazards They’ve Seen 

5. An Angry Chef Displays Gross, Toxic Behavior Reddit user Laurie says, “This was many years ago, and it wasn’t fast food, but a 4-star restaurant. We had pretty… Trista - July 7, 2021

5. An Angry Chef Displays Gross, Toxic Behavior

Reddit user Laurie says, “This was many years ago, and it wasn’t fast food, but a 4-star restaurant. We had pretty much shut down the line. It was probably 15 minutes too close, and a couple came in. Some of the stuff had already been thrown out (rice and such). These two customers order a filet, which comes with veg and rice as sides. The red seal chef is livid and does two things. 1. Kicks the filet under the line and out the other side. If any of you have ever worked in a restaurant, you know how often the line gets moved and cleaned.

“2. He had already thrown the rice in the trash, so he walked to the garbage while saying to me, ‘You didn’t see me do this, and proceeded to get enough rice out for the side dishes. The customer got fresh veg though, so I guess that’s okay.'”Just because a customer comes in late doesn’t mean it’s okay to mess with their food. I can understand wanting to go home and being so excited about it, but it doesn’t mean something like that is okay. You don’t always get what you want. The chef should have never disrespected a customer like that.


4. He Wanted Hot, And That’s What He Got!

Remotetissuepaper shares a story about his dad that will make you laugh. This story isn’t nearly as gross as the others, but it is a reminder not to mess with the people who prepare your food. “My dad started going to his neighborhood pub frequently for wing nights and would ask for wings “as hot as you can make them.” It went on for quite a while with them just dousing them with as much Frank Red Hot as you could possibly fit on them because that’s all they had for making hot wings. Things would change, though! He got what he asked for.

“Well, I guess eventually the cook got sick of being asked for ‘as hot as you can make ’em’ and acquired some special ingredients. Next time my dad asked for “as hot as you can make them” he got a dozen wings spicy enough to strip paint off the space shuttle. My dad went back to just asking for plain hot or extra hot from then on.” This funny story could have ended differently if the person cooking the food was someone different. The chef wanted to make a statement and got back at this person’s father for ordering such spicy wings.


3. The Way A Disgruntled Customer Treats Restaurant Staff Is Pretty Gross

Youwillnevagetdis shares a story about their time in the restaurant industry. Keep reading to find out what happens! “One time, we had a woman call back because her rotisserie chicken was ‘burned.’ I explained it’s just charred because of the way it’s cooked. She didn’t have it, so we agreed to get her a new one. Ten minutes after her husband left, she called back even angrier, saying this one was worse. We told her to send her husband back again for a new one. The manager and I went in back (with gloves on) and scraped off all the ‘burned’ parts.

“Another ten minutes go by after he leaves, and she calls AGAIN, but this time her rice didn’t have any craisins on it. So, once again, I tell her to send him back. I dumped so many craisins on that rice that I think she got the point. We never heard from/saw them again. I know it’s not super gross, but it’s pretty rare to see someone maliciously mess with someone’s food. I have seen cooks use the five-second rule when dropping food or not washing hands, but that’s about it in my seven years in the industry.”


2. A Hungry Cow At What?!

Chamale shares a funny story about their stepdad’s bakery. “My stepdad used to be a baker in an authentic recreation of an 18th century New French fortress. Since they sell bread to the public, the health inspector came by, and she was ripping into my stepdad for violations like the stonework walls, the doorless entrance ways, or the lack of a mosquito zapper. He pointed out that they were following the highest standards except for things that would destroy the authenticity of this 18th-century bakery. The health inspector relented and agreed to give him a pass after verifying the food storage area was secure.

“They went to the shed, which was a doorless building attached to the bakery. As the health inspector went in, there happened to be an escaped cow licking all of the loaves. My stepdad could only say, ‘Honestly, this never happens.’ They passed the health inspection.” This is a funny story. The cow just happened to be in there with all the loaves of bread when the health inspector showed up. To add insult to injury, the cow had licked all of the loaves of bread. Hopefully, the health inspector had a sense of humor for this fun experience! It just goes to show that you should always expect the unexpected.


1. They Had A Really Gross Problem

Straelbora says, “I had a health inspector tell me this story: there was a family in which both the elderly mother and a handicapped sibling used wheelchairs while another sibling lived in the house with them and did all the driving, etc. The health department got a phone call from the local wheelchair company. The brother stopped by and picked up a new, custom-built wheelchair for his sister and for his mother and returned within about 30 minutes, saying that the sister’s wheelchair hadn’t been made to the right specifications; it was too small. After he left, the staff noticed several roaches on the chair, so the guy I met got a call.

“It was summer, and the house was all locked up with no open windows for ventilation, curtains were drawn, etc. The inspector entered the house, and he said it was so stiflingly hot that he started to get dizzy and, he thought, hallucinated. He said that there was a sound like leaves rustling in the fall, and the walls and floors were kind of vibrating. Then, he realized it was because they were literally covered in roaches. He immediately evacuated the three people living there, and the next day, they tented and sprayed the house. So he went in and said that the dead roaches were about two and a half feet deep in most parts of the house.”