A Louisiana McDonald’s employee was fired after he posted multiple images to his social media accounts showing some of the “disgusting” conditions where he works. The photos of the mold-covered ice cream trays may be enough to keep many of us from ever buying a milkshake or ice cream from McDonald’s ever again.
The employee, Nick, who preferred his last name not to be mentioned, spoke to Buzzfeed after his horrid images went viral, resulting in the young man being fired. The ordeal started after Nick posted photos of the moldy ice cream trays to his Twitter on July 15.
A few days after he posted the ice cream tray image, Nick started uploading more pictures of the unsanitary conditions of the restaurant. Certain areas of the restaurant looked as if they had not been cleaned in a while.
Nick didn’t stop there though. He wrote on Twitter, “Since I’m exposing McDonald’s I might as well show y’all what y’all really eating… fresh out the freezer,” as he attached a picture of all the frozen food that is made daily for thousands.
When BuzzFeed asked Nick why he’d made this problem public, he said, “I shared it because I wanted to let people know what they’re consuming, and how disgusting the conditions are.”
Indeed he did let people know, probably more than he originally imagined. The images went viral with many of them being retweeted over 30,000 times.
Nick said he was unaware of the disgusting conditions of the ice cream tray and probably would have never known if it didn’t fall right in front of him. “I was completely shocked by what I saw,” he told the Daily Mail. “I thought [the machine] would be cleaned regularly.”
He told BuzzFeed once his employer found out about the viral images, he was fired on the spot. The manager told him to delete the pictures. But Nick says, “I feel like I did nothing wrong. I sacrificed my job to show people what they’re really eating.”
The owner of the McDonald’s Nick worked at sent an emailed statement to Business Insider reading: “Our primary goal is to operate a clean and safe restaurant. We regularly conduct in-person and online employee training sessions as well as internal inspections to ensure crew members are following safe food practices.”
Nick said he does want to make it clear that this was just his restaurant; he’s not commenting on the other franchises.