Food Horror Stories: 5 Scary Stories from Fast-Food Chains

October is here, and very soon Halloween will occur. However, there have been some food horror stories already happening long before Halloween. Fast-food chains such as Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Burger King are major franchises worldwide. Millions of people purchase their food items from these places daily. However, did you know there are real life food horror stories coming from these chains? The scary truth is that these restaurants do not take care of their food, do not use fresh ingredients, and have careless employees. All of this makes up for these five truly scary food horror stories from fast-food chains.

Scary Story #5 – The Horse Burger

In 2013, during the horsemeat scandal that rocked Europe, several local fast -food chains were accused of serving tainted burger meat in their product and got away unscathed. But the biggest chain of all, Burger King, did not. It was discovered after initially declaring their meat 100% horse-meat free, that their burgers did have horse DNA inside of their “pure beef” burger patties. Afterwards, Burger King severed all ties to their meat supplier Silvercreft Foods, but the damage was already done in both of their UK and Ireland locations. (source: Pauli Poisuo from

Scary Story #4 – The Finger Sandwich

In 2012, a 14-year-old boy from Michigan bit into a roast beef sandwich that he got from Arby’s. What was a delicious sandwich turned into a nightmare as he discovered that there was something rubbery and weird in his food: a part of a finger! The reason is believed that an employee had sliced a part of his finger from the meat slicer and left without telling anybody. (source: Jody Hillman from

Scary Story #3 – Rotten Chili

A report from a former Wendy’s employee read: “I used to work at Wendy’s. The meat used in the chili, yeah that comes from the meat on the grill top that expires and dries up that’s put into a warming drawer until you have enough for a batch of chili, which we first freeze and then thaw the next day. Also if the chili sitting in the warmer doesn’t sell fast enough, we just added hot water to it to mix it up.” (source: a former employee from Wendy’s, published by Major fast-food chains are known to take short cuts and use non-fresh meat for most of their products.

Scary Story #2 – Maggot Burger

In 2011, in Australia, a resident ordered a burger with extra pickles from the McDonald’s there. When he got home and checked if they got his order right. Well, they didn’t, and instead found close to 30 maggots crawling on the beef patty! They were still moving and crawling on the patty, even when the inspection arrived. Mr. Savage claimed that the bag was tightly closed on his way home, preventing any maggot from crawling in. When he complained to McDonald’s, the staff simply laughed at him. “I just wanted a refund. That’s it,” said Mr. Savage. He should’ve asked for more than that. Gross…

Scary Story #1 – The Creepiest One of All

This story caught a lot of attention back in 2000 when a mother of two from Virginia went to McDonald’s to get chicken nuggets. As she was serving the nuggets to her children, she noticed one that stood out from the rest. She found a fully intact, perfectly formed chicken head, battered and fried. There is some speculation whether this story is true or false, but we cannot deny that there is no horror story about fast food as legendary as this one.

Find Fresh Food at George’s – No Food Horror Stories Here!

It is so sad to hear these food horror stories about fast-food chains are actually true, but regardless we don’t recommend that you give up on fast-food restaurants entirely. George’s Burgers is a homegrown mom-and-pop place that takes daily care of cooking delicious food, uses fresh ingredients, keeps the restaurant clean and has friendly and hard-working staff. Our burgers, fries, tacos and any more delicious dishes will always prepared with primary care. In the end, you will never hear “horror”, “scary” and “George’s Burgers” ever in the same sentence.

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