I have worked at Hardee's for the past five months. I have several complaints about it that may be appropriate at other Hardee's around the nation. This is directed to both customers and the restaurant itself. Six Dollar Service - Firstly, Hardee's expects their frontline employees to utilize "Six Dollar Service," which means that we must basically serve the customer to the point where it's ridiculous. We carry their food out to them, which is no big deal, but we're also expected to refill their drinks, clean their garbage for them that they can throw away themselves, and basically act like a waitress at a sit-down restaurant.
I refuse to do this for three reasons: a) Hardee's is not CASUAL DINING like they try to pass off to its employees, but FAST FOOD. There is a drive-through. We serve nasty, greasy, calorie-ridden meat traps of death. It is fast food and customers do not expect us to do this. b) Why should I do the amount of work compared to that of a sit-down restaurant and make minimum wage with no tips? I work extremely hard, and I cannot have this added to my list of chores with no reward. There's no point. c) Hardee's customers can use a few good laps around the restaurant.
Rude Customers - Day after day, all employees and managers at Hardee's must deal with extremely rude and intolerable customers. I don't mind dealing with one or two disgruntled re-re's who are upset over a tomato on their sandwich that they swear that they didn't want and we should've read their minds and fathomed their unavailable logic, but almost every single person that comes into the store is crass. STOP TREATING US LIKE GARBAGE. We cannot deal with your fickle attitudes, we cannot decrypt your unstated desires, and REALLY, we don't know what you mean when you say you want a burger. THAT'S BASICALLY ALL WE SERVE.
I swear, the next customer that comes through drive-through saying they just want a burger and yells at me for asking which one, I am giving you the most expensive and dangerous thing we have with the works without telling you. Then, I'll throw it at you while underchanging you by twenty dollars.
Obvious Sexism - This does not just apply to women's rights, but men's as well. At our restaurant, men must stay in the back cooking the food while women must work up front. The only alternative is if you're a manager. There are many guys that I work with that are friendly, but no matter how much they yearn or ask, they are not allowed to work up front. I've always wanted to work in the kitchens, mostly because I don't have to deal with the customers as much, but I'm not allowed to. Why? Because I'm not a man.
Choice of Employees - I work with a few good people, but most, I have no idea why they were even considered in the first place. One girl had a huge drama/multiple relationship triangle with the cooks/managers/customers. Another is a strung-out 16-year old mother who cries at absolutely everything. Yet another girl does nothing but stand around and talk; she loves to do this at around dinner rush. One of our cooks is rude and unnecessarily foul-mouthed, while another hits on every single girl that works there. WHY are these people hired?
So, overall, I hate Hardee's. It's ridiculous. The only way I get through it without the urge of stabbing myself is to laugh at the incredible retardation of the restaurant's logic and about two-thirds of the customers. If you must work minimum wage, don't work at Hardee's. You'll regret it.
TRENTON, MISSOURI -- I go to this restaurant a lot with my family and we order. There is this one manager that is just lazy and rude to everyone, to the workers, and to my family. One of my son wanted curly fries instead of regular fries, the manager led out a big noise and was OK. Then I had a boy in college and he order, but then realize he could free drink and fries. He had told her and she got mad again. Then we tried to complain to the head boss there ** and she didn't do anything about it. I know because I tell some people in town and they say that they had complain to her about the same manager and nothing was done.
So I hope you guys do something, but poor everyone who is there when she is. Then we are eating our dinner and she comes while she is working and sits down. She isn't on break because she watches the workers. Now I have told the head manager that she is lazy and is rude. Nothing was done so hopefully this will work. Watch her on the cameras, all she does is yells and everyone and sits. You can definitely see the look on the workers faces that they do not like it. Thank you for your time. I hope something is done about it.
NORFOLK, VIRGINIA -- I have been a patron of Hardee's restaurants for over 25 years. I have never had to call out for someone to take my order. Everyone had their backs to the customers. After receiving part of my order I had to return to the counter only to have to wait again for someone to turn around and notice me so that I could get my coffee cup; to which the cashier says, "I gave you one". Made my coffee at the dirtiest and most unsafe beverage bar that I'd ever seen.
Returned to my food to find that I had no utensils to eat with. Returned to counter and was eventually noticed and given utensils; to which the cashier tells out, "I thought I gave you some". Now I go back to my food and discover what appears to be only part of an egg. Again, return to counter to see if this something new with the breakfast platter. The cashier tries to convince me this normal. Keep in mind I have eaten here and many others for quite a while. I said nothing. I went back to my cold food and wrote this. I'm leaving now, never to return to THIS ONE ever again! Watching my step!
KERNERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- I usually don't eat at Hardee's because of previous bad experiences, but I just wanted a drink. Drove through the D/T - paid for the order. The employee at the window had artificial nails (3 inches long) and they were all different colors. How unsanitary is that? Put the straw and then drink while driving off and the tea was sour ($1.89) and the milkshake like milk ($3.11). This Hardee's in Kernersville N.C. does not know customer service, and nothing about sanitary. Do they not know how many germs and dirt is under those nails and working around food? Someone needs to call the health department and close them down.
HARRISON, ARKANSAS -- I live in Harrison, Arkansas. I work the 3-11 shift and not all is open when I get off work. I used to get a good Frisco Burger and looked forward to it. I cannot believe how terrible it was. I had to throw it out to the cat. It was a preformed hamburger. Not 100% beef and nothing like what the pictures look like. I am so disappointed in this. I will probably not go back due to this. Why does a real thing have to change? If so, the pictures are wrong and lies are being told.
OCOEE, TENNESSEE -- My complaint is in conjunction with Hardee's #20 in Ocoee, TN. My husband and I stopped for a sandwich on 10/17/10. There was loud rap music playing. And I do mean L-O-U-D music. I asked the cashier to please turn it
down or off. She told me that they were not allowed to do that, it was orders from corporate headquarters to play this, and the volume control was set by the manager. Although she did admit that a lot of people had asked
to turn it down. It seems that it is not favored music.
If music is not pleasing to the ear, then it's just noise. If it is so loud that you can't hear your party across the table, it is uncomfortable noise. Hardee's goes to great length to promote "great customer satisfaction". Why don't they consider our feelings in the atmosphere of the dining room? I have complained many times to the store, to no avail. I guess the next step is to stop going to Hardee's and find some place with a better dining experience.
I have recently seen a commercial on TV about Hardee's. The ad is likely to cause me to not want to visit this restaurant until the ad is removed. Showing a lady eating a sandwich. She dresses sexy, pulls up her dress, Showing most of her legs. Shows too much of breast. Then she acts like she is eating on a sex toy when she puts the bacon in her mouth. Then she takes her finger to get something that fell out of sandwich on her leg. Puts it in her mouth in a sexual suggestive manner.
I would not want my children to see this sexual content of a commercial. Should be on x-rated only TV. Why does this restaurant need this kind of commercial to sell a sandwich. I and my family will stay far from this restaurant. If the commercial is allowed, makes one wonder what they do to the food they prepare.
PERRYVILLE, MISSOURI -- I went to Hardees in Perryville Missouri the other day and I got my order. Naturally it was wrong. When I back to get it fixed there was only one employee in the entire building and that was the manager. This establishment is the worst I have ever been in.
The food sucks the management sucks and the employees are all wearing dirty uniforms. They don't wash their hands when prepping food. They don't even wear gloves. They have been caught smoking pot in the dumpster area on several occasions. The GM goes to the customers before they are done eating and takes their trays. This is very unacceptable. I will never go to this place ever again. I personally feel it needs to be shut down.
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE -- I recently visited the Hardee's restaurant on 3926 Asheville Hwy in Knoxville, TN 37914. I wanted to get water with my meal. I was told when I ordered my breakfast sandwich that there was not a water cup available and that the only option that I had was bottled water at the same price as soda. This is the only restaurant that I have ever visited that has this unfair policy. I should not have to pay for bottled water when tap water is available. I hope that the franchise owners fix this oversight and provide a water cup in the future.
I am a Hardees drive through employee at a Hardees in Kentucky. I will not say any more than that as I do not want to lose my job or have burgers thrown back in my face. With all due respect to the patrons of the company that I work at there are a few things a customer of a Hardees drive through should remember when ordering food.
Drive through employees are people too. I am sure that when most genuinely nice people go through the drive through they tend to forget that and only see the employee as a person who gets the food out to them in preferably a short amount of time. I am a drive through employee, but I am also a twenty year old college student trying to pay her tuition on minimum wage so she can be a therapist. Some of us have kids, a husband, or wife just like you. Please treat us like people. If we don't get your food out as quickly as you would like, we really are sorry.
Please remember that a drive through employees goal is to get your food out quickly and prepared correctly. We are not stupid and we do not mess up on purpose. There are a few things you can do to help us speed up: a. speak clearly at the box it is hard for us to hear your order sometimes (mayo sounds a lot like tomato over a cheap speaker); b. don't change your mind a lot (we type things as you speak and every time we delete something we have to get a manager to do it for us);
c. If you want just a cheeseburger without the combo meal don't say number one or combo without the fries and drink just say cheeseburger. When you say number one we have to call a manager, delete the combo and type in the cheeseburger. This take TIME; d. Hardees sells several different cheeseburgers. Only one of our buttons say cheeseburger. If you want a thick burger say thickburger. If you want a quarter pounder say quarterpounder. We are not trying to be cute when we ask you which one you want; e. speak slowly it takes longer than you think to type in special orders.
Remember that it will take longer than you think to get your food if there are a lot of cars outside. It is harder to work fast food than you think. A drive through employee at Hardees has to hand out cash while listening to their manager talk to them and taking an order in their right ear. They are also responsible for bagging all the food, making all the drinks, frying every order of fries for two minutes and thirty seconds, and for making the shakes. This is why sometimes when you are at the box it takes a while for us to get to taking your order. It is not that we are being lazy.
Also please remember big chickens take 5 minute to cook and all of our food is cooked after you order it. It is better to order these inside, you hold up the drive through when you order them outside. 5. Say "thank you" and "your welcome" and "please" sometimes. We have a hard job and it makes us feel better. One person smiled at me today called me "ma'am" and said "thank you" and "please". It just made my day because she gave me a basic respect that all humans should give one another. 6. If we get you order wrong we are sorry, please let us know.