You have probably watched a documentary about the fast food industry or caught a video about the nasty things fast food employees have been guilty of. Usually, employees are busted for taking their frustration with the job out on the customers’ orders in a rather unsavory fashion.
Even though we are momentarily disgusted by the dark and seedy truth of fast food, our busy lifestyles and our draw to easy comfort foods has us pulling to the next window again and again. One of these days, a video will cycle that will get us all to do the much safer and healthier thing: eat at home.
A pretty disgusting and disturbing video is making another cycle across the internet. It shows employees at a United States KFC closing down for the night.
Despite clear intent to expose the franchise, the film makers make no mention of their physical location, or when the film was taken. The original video, however, was posted by Mercedes Wright in January of 2013. As it makes another online viral cycle, this video give us another chance to consider our own eating habits and the people we trust with our nutrition.
It starts with the film maker, recording on her cell phone, asking a co-worker what the world needed to know about KFC/Taco Bell. What can be seen are bins that hold the classic sides of green beans and macaroni and cheese being replenished with the day’s unused portions.
While the video captures the worker plopping the green beans back into a tub filled with off-color water, the macaroni and cheese bin has the pasta piled high still molded in the cups’ shape. Meanwhile, the cups sat to the side, all allegedly ready for reuse the following day.
Batches of chicken, one from 1:30 p.m. and one from 4:30 p.m. that had sat out of temperature range all day were being stored, assumedly for sale the following day. Multiple members of the closing team confirmed the chicken had begun to stink. “And it has, just think, mold and mildew,” the film maker commented.
KFC is a franchise, meaning that private owners can purchase the rights to run the iconic business. Unsurprisingly, KFC’s corporate office could not be reached for comment, but would likely insist that these deplorable practices were not representative of the entire chain.
Whether these are well-intended workers at a sub-par eatery, or standard practices of fast food venues, is virtually impossible to know — unless you have worked in one. Even then, your experience is limited to your establishment.
While it’s easier to avoid the controversy and assume that your neighborhood drive-thru has earned the passing grade needed to keep it open, perhaps there is a greater lesson to be learned here. When we eat at home, we know exactly what goes into our food, how long it has been sitting around, and under what conditions it has been handled.
Each time we pull into a drive-thru, we are gambling with our digestive safety. We are trusting other people, who have very little investment in our well-being, to prepare our nutrition from recipes they receive half-cooked from a processing plant.
Source : liftable.com