FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO -- For those that know me, Arby's and I have deep underlying issues that would send Dr. Freud into a mental spiral. However, this time around, Arby's sword of justice swung mightier than mine. I got off of work and decided to pick some up for dinner for my son and I, as it was going to be just the two of us tonight. I ordered a few miscellaneous sandwiches, fries, and some mozzarella sticks, which my son loves to no end. The wait was horrendous, long enough that I had to shut my vehicle off a few times in fear of overheating while idling stagnantly. After what seemed like an eternity, I arrived with my turn at the drive through window.
The cashier, who also happened to be adorned in what I credited as a manager's uniform, was having EXTREME difficulty opening the drawer to give me my change. She was already on the phone with "headquarters" when I arrived at the window. No complaints from me, or snooty comebacks, just patience. I was in one of those moods that I didn't care how fast the world was spinning on its axis. I was in no hurry at all. She finally won the fierce battle with the register and produced the correct change. She offered me a large beverage of my choice for the apparent inconvenience. I readily accepted and thanked her for her patience in the situation as well.
I told her she deserved a comp for her patience and courtesy during such a stressful situation. I must admit, this location has made great strides in the past couple of months. New management has been brought in, as well as new front line workers. Great job ARBY's! P.S.- The title of "wrong sauce" refers to me getting home and realizing I was given the incorrect sauce that I asked for, but at that point it didn't matter, I was still happy to see such great service in our town again.
COWETA, OKLAHOMA -- My 2 kids and I went Arby's in Coweta, OK, we only chose that place because there are very few places in Coweta to eat. We went in because I have waited up to 20 minutes in the drive-through line before. There was a guy that worked there sitting out front, sprawled out, leaned against the building, smoking. He got up when we pulled up, he walked in before us, didn't hold the door, and just walked to where they prepare the food and didn't let anyone know we were standing there, and there were at least 3 people back there at the time.
So after about 5 minutes, a girl was walking down the hall from the bathrooms, she was mopping, and said she was sorry and kind of laughed. We ordered our food, and when we were going to sit down, this family, the only one in there, was leaving and she said very loud, "BYE! THANK YOU!" No response from anyone in there.
So we got our food, and an older man and his grandson walked in and stood at the counter for about 7 to 10 minutes. He finally left, nobody came to the front to acknowledge them. The place was empty, and it was probably around 9:00 pm and the girl who waited on us started mopping right by us, and told us to just ignore her, she wanted to hurry and get out of there. I always hated going to the drive-through there, but I will never go back again, they absolutely did not care at all about any of the 3 families that chose their place to eat.
And that is just what I witnessed, how many times does that happen. And the guy who was smoking outside when we got there, went out 2 more times and sprawled out about 5 feet from the front door to smoke, so that was 3 times he took the time to go smoke, and didn't take the time to say "Hi" or let anyone know we were there. No more will I ever go spend way too much money to get treated like that, and watch it happen to other people.
EL CAJON, CALIFORNIA -- I am a frequent customer of Arby's for ten years. Both of my children started their work history at Arby's. I usually dine at this location since I've moved to El Cajon, Ca. However, after this experience I do not plan on dining at another Arby's location again. I was mortified at what I saw.
I arrived at 5:39 pm and left at 6:01 pm. During this time James ** was preparing the fried foods. He was sniffing, scratching his head (his hair was cut really low), face and neck while standing over the products. With the same hand that he scratched his face he re-arranged the french fries by placing his hands over the top of the fries. I like the idea the employees wear visors. I understand that it can gets hot behind the counter.
However, I feel if someone has long hair they need to have a hair net on as well. Stephanie did not. She was placing the fried products in the bags and handing them to the customers at the counter. I was going to complain to the Manager. I decided against it when I noticed that ** (I'm not quite sure of the spelling, I heard an employee call her by name) corrected an order that was given out at the drive through and brought back in by the customer.
After, the customer told ** that his wife opened the sandwich because she had a special order and realized it wasn't correct. The sandwiches that were brought back inside the restaurant by the customer were re-wrapped and handed out again.
My daughter was shocked. She told me that when she worked at Arby's they "wasted" food that passed the counter. I was so glad I finished my food because I would not have wanted another bite. I realized that I didn't trust the employees at that Arby's. Sad to say that it also reflects on the other Arby's establishment. I will pass this story on to others in hopes that they will decided against spending their hard earned money at any of your restaurants. I still have my receipt if you need any further evidence of my being there.
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY -- We live very close to this particular Arby's. As such, we visit the drive-through and dining room quite often. Today was most likely the worst experience we have ever had at an Arby's. The inside of the restaurant was filthy. There has been an infestation of flies and other bugs for quite a while, but it was even worse this visit. We could not eat without almost swallowing a fly.
I ordered a large fry, and only received half of a large container, which was filled with what looked like leftover burned pieces of fry crumbs. I ordered the number 4 combo, and the Beef and Cheddar sandwich was cold. There was very little actual meat on the bread, and the cheese sauce was spilled all over the wrapper, as if the person who had constructed it did not care.
The employees were rude and apparently did not know how to work a cash register. There was one in particular whose behavior really prompted me to send this complaint. Her name was Becky. She was in what looked like a manager's uniform. She was walking back and forth between the back and front of the restaurant, screaming to the party of about 8 or 9 people in the dining area, who seemed to be friends or family. She was very loud, inconsiderate to the customers in the restaurant and, at times, crude.
She was complaining about her job very loudly, and complaining about wanting to just go home. There were also some curse words used in front of children in the restaurant. Other customers in the store also were taken aback, and said so to me before walking out.
Bottom line, the restaurant was filthy and overrun with insects. Becky, the manager/employee, was disrespectful, and definitely not worried about what image she gave of your establishment. The food was not up to par at all, and not worth the money we paid for it. And, needless to say, neither I nor my family will be returning to your "restaurant".
PEMBROKE PINES, FLORIDA -- On the evening of 6/20/08, I had a bizarre and extremely unpleasant experience at an Arby's restaurant. I used the drive-through at about 11:30 PM, and my kids and I ate in the car. When we were ready to leave, I put all of our trash back into the bags in which the food had been served, and left the vehicle to throw it away.
I discovered that nowhere on the property was there a trash can, so I approached the restaurant door; I could see three crew members inside sitting around and laughing with one another. I tried the door, which was locked, and called through the glass, asking about where I could put the trash. I was ignored, so I neatly folded the tops of the two bags closed, and left the two bags carefully against the corner wall where they wouldn't be blown around and easily could be disposed of the next day.
Moments later, one of the same crew members who had ignored me now opened the door and launched into a string of horrible obscenities ("** you! Pick up that ** trash!"). I calmly explained that there was no proper place to put the trash, and I was told that "I should take the ** trash home with me." Ultimately, I ended up walking to the back of the restaurant, in the dark parking lot, and placing the trash in the store's dumpster.
While it is only mildly aggravating that one of their stores isn't equipped with the most basic piece of restaurant equipment imaginable (a trash can), I am absolutely stunned by the attitude and behavior of the Arby's staff. There may not be a more hostile and inappropriate crew working in any fast food establishment in America than the pathetic group of future felons that Arby's employs in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Although I've enjoyed Arby's for more than twenty years, I will never again visit any of their locations, and most certainly not with my children, who are still asking about "Why those crazy people were cursing at us last night." My advice to Arby's customers: bring a can of mace or pepper spray with you on your next visit so that you can defend yourself against their staff.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I wrote this letter to Arby's about their restaurant in East Point, GA. I love Arby's but seldom go because the one nearest my home has notoriously bad service. I gave in yesterday and hoped I would at least get some good food. I had a horrible experience with some of the most inept customer service people one could imagine.
I had to repeat my order 4 times in the speaker. When I pulled up to window, I had to repeat it to the man/boy in charge of the window, twice. He told me it was $5.55. I knew that was not enough and I repeated my order, now for the 7th time. He said $9.61. I gave him $10.01, he gave me $3.40 in change. I returned the three dollars saying it was not mine. He told me to pull up and wait for my chicken. Not once did he apologize for his incompetence, or thank me for my patience, or even thank me for not stealing the $3.
That exchange took ten minutes. I waited another 5 for the food. When it arrived at my door, the deliverer just held it out to me, not a word was spoken by him (thanks for waiting? hello? nothing!). When I looked in the bag, the order was completely wrong. Now furious, I parked my car and went inside to get my money back. The lid to my soda popped off, having not been applied correctly by this person who works for you and it spilled all over my shorts.
Once inside, I asked politely for my money back. The woman who took my food disappeared for 5 minutes. She finally returned and gave me my money. AGAIN, no apology, no words at all. It could not have mattered less that I was angry or disappointed. It could not have mattered less that I was alive to her. This location is filled with the most amazingly rude, incapable people. I pity your company for having them as ambassadors. I will never, ever eat there again. And I intend to tell everyone I ever meet about this experience. You should be ashamed.
I hate the way corporate has told their employees to ask after you order, "Would you like that to be a medium or large today?" This implies that you ordered a medium combo meal for the listed price, (like the current $5.01 combo) not realizing that $5.01 price is for a small and if you answer medium or large there is an extra charge for it. Just another sneaky way for corporate to increase earnings. This is the old "Bait and Switch" routine. The poor souls that work there are forced to asked that question and they don't like it either.
Arby's, you have a good product already and you don't need to do this. It makes you look bad. Your focus should be on getting the orders right and if it's not, then give the customer something for free for his or her trouble. This is just good basic public relations.
CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS -- Went to Arbys store # 24 on Springfield. Mom and I have not had a Super Arby for a long time, so that is what we asked for. Opened it up and it was a regular roast beef and on the receipt it said classic - it did have lettuce and tomato. To me the sandwich was awful. What happened to the super. It had some kind of french dressing stuff on it. We did not complain or take it back but was very disappointed. We both love Arbys. But if they did away with the super, they should have said something I would of got one of the other choices. Just disappointed in what I was expecting.
WASHINGTON, INDIANA -- We went to Arby's in Washington last night for dinner. It took us 10 minutes just to place our order. The manager on duty was outside smoking when we pulled in. When we seen her come in she never washed her hands and proceeded to handle the food. As we just and ate our Food we could hear her cursing and being very loud and UNprofessional. We will not be returning to Arby's if she is working. We were very disappointed in her ability to manage the store. We always pick a restaurant. Once a week to eat dinner at and the service we received. Monday evening was horrible. She looked very young and in our opinion had no business being in charge..
BANGOR, MAINE -- We paid for our dinner, then I visited the bathroom which was so dirty I almost gagged and the odor stayed with me throughout my meal. We were then served by a group of people that were standing in a corner around a table talking, they all wore very soiled and stained shirts and were very disheveled people. No manners, no personality, at all. It was as though we were bothering them. Our order was half processed while we waited at our table for the remainder of our order.
Upon opening our sandwiches we were shocked because we had eaten the New Brisket Sandwiches in the Presque Isle Restaurant and it was so delicious. This was not. One sandwich had no barbecue sauce which my husband went back to the counter for sauce. My sandwich was just okay, it had very little onion strips added but we were so anxious to get out of the facility that we did not go back to the counter.
Then, the girl that brought the rest of our order to our table was so dirty, her shirt was wrinkled and stained so badly that my husband said that he would not go to work in those clothes and he works in a big State Garage. They would not allow him to dress like that. We were so distressed that we did not even finish our meal and left. I will never return to that restaurant and have told all my friends to "stay away!" We would never again be served by people in that restaurant.