My daughter came home for a visit late last Friday night and, as usual, was hungry when she arrived. It was around midnight, and the only place open was Wendy's drive-through. So off she went to get some late night snacks. I had my usual chili and baked potato, and she had a bacon cheeseburger from the value menu. She also bought some nuggets for us to share.
I was a little worried about the chili because there have been reviews lately that the quality has gone downhill. Since I hadn't had it in a long time, I wondered if the chili from my Wendy's was still as good. When I opened the container, I was pleased to see that the chili was thick and meaty. After only one spoonful, I knew that nothing had changed. It was hot and delicious, and the same quality as always. The potato was also hot and fresh, and the nuggets were extra crispy and tasted like they were just made. My daughter's burger looked extremely appetizing with two big slices of crispy bacon.
Even though it was midnight, all the food was freshly cooked and perfectly prepared. So I am pleased to report that Wendy's in my town is still the same, including the chili. Now, if I could just get them to make vegetarian chili, I'd have it made.
Stopped in on the way to meet my granddaughter. Was looking forward to seeing her and her mother and having a little time to visit with each other. I am usually not one to complain but consider myself to be very understanding as I too work with the public and know how things do happen occasionally.
Took a long time to order. When I finally got to the 'lady' that was taking orders, she never even looked at me. Seemed to be very disgruntled. But I know it can be unsettling at times so I tried to understand her attitude.
It took 20 minutes to get my order. During the time I was waiting, no one ever explained what the problem was with my order. As I was standing there waiting, my daughter came up with the drink cups and told them that there was no ice and asked if she could fill our cups with ice from in the back. The lady with the 'manager' name tag on, jerked the cups out of her hand and went to put ice in our cups. Then we discovered that there was no carbonation to the sodas, no tea, ketchup, etc. Napkins were all over the floor as well as straws.
I then started to look for their sanitation score from DHEC. I could not find one on the door or at the register. We were not the only customers that noticed all of the problems that this particular Wendy's was having. It was a lot to overlook but the attitude of the management and staff did not help things for them.
I know that Dave worked very hard to build Wendy's up to a wonderful eating establishment. It was his life. Too bad since he has passed on that whomever is in charge of customer relations no longer cares enough to have a "live" person to answer the phone and address the problems. I wish someone in Dublin, Ohio (where Wendy's originated) was paying attention!
On Monday, Feb.16, 2009 I & my two little children went to Wendy's in the town of Edison, NJ. We arrived at 12:27 pm. We ordered a small chili, Large Chili, & two Kid's Meals (nuggets/fries). I ate the Large & my 8 year old son ate the small chili. About 2-4 hours later I was by myself in the Home Depot & all of a sudden my skin turned white, my head was aching terribly, I felt like I was about to vomit, my face & head was dripping sweat, my abdomen was hurting something fierce and got a bad case of the runs. Was stuck in that bathroom for an hour in agony.
I called my wife to see if our 8 year old son ate his chili yet & by that time he ate about half. My wife threw the rest out. Later that night my son came down with the worst diarrhea & pain in his abdomen. A couple days later he vomited so much. My daughter doesn't eat the chili & was unaffected. I by the way was sick till Saturday night. Tuesday I called up customer service.
A very nice woman took down all the information as to what happened & at which location. She assured me that someone would call me back. No one did. So I posted a complaint via email to customer service on Friday, about what happened on Monday. The very next day a nice gentlemen called me & said that there is nothing he could do that the food at Wendy's is perfectly safe, & this is the first time that food poisoning has ever happened at any Wendy's.
The problem with that story is there is posting of raw hamburgers all over the internet at different locations. And he said that food poisoning doesn't come up that quickly. (That's not true, Staphyloccal 30 minutes-8 hrs later, Vibriobacteria 4-96 hrs, Toxin-Caused Scombroid poisoning 5 minutes-1 hour, Botulism 12-48 hours.) He acknowledged that's correct. So he said the Insurance Company would call me back the next week on Wednesday. They did not, but he called back instead & said they didn't believe me, that I and my son coincidentally caught a virus. They wouldn't even give me my money back for the chili $1.49 and $1.99 + tax.
Well I just want to warn everyone to be careful at Wendy's, God forbid you should also come down with a Food-borne illness from their chili, they won't believe you either. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. I will never set foot in a Wendy's again.
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA -- My wife enjoys Wendy's chili so I have gone to Wendy's with her 6 times. I just order a double cheese burger with just lettuce, tomato and onion. They have yet to get it correct, the problem is usually someone assumes that mayonnaise is part of lettuce tomato and onion. Normally it takes one more try to get it correct. Although my wife and I were traveling and stopped at a Wendy's in Iowa. I ordered my usual. My wife ordered some food also and we paid for our food. The young man working the counter gave us cups for our soft drinks and we went to fill them while waiting for our order.
We returned to the counter and continued to wait while several other people ordered and received their food. My wife asked when our order would be ready. The young man looked confused and called the manager over. Apparently somehow our order had been removed from the system or marked as done. The manager had our order hurried through and we sat down to eat. My wife's order was fine. My cheeseburger had mayonnaise on it. I was just going to wipe off all of it that I could but my wife took the cheeseburger, went back to the counter and complained.
The manager again stepped in and said he would get it taken care of. He returned in a few seconds with the cheeseburger. They had scraped the mayonnaise off, put it back on the bun and re-wrapped it. When I unwrapped it I told my wife I could have done that, she got really pissed. Took the food back to the counter. The manager said he would have a new one made. And when he brought it to the table this time it was correct.
I should mention also that there were 3 local uniformed police officers sitting a few tables away, watching intently. At first they must have thought I was a trouble maker as my wife and I were traveling by motorcycle. By the time the manager got the cheeseburger correct, the police understood what was happening and said nothing but I did notice one of them was grinning and shaking his head...
ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA -- Yesterday I was in an urban area I am unfamiliar with, and needed a quick bite to eat. The only place visible was a Wendy's, and the last time I was in one was July 2007. Had a totally disgusting Baconator and the usual horrible customer service and said I'd never return.
I decided to give it a try, figuring it is only a $1 hamburger, how bad can it be? The counter experience was just as I recalled. 3 CSRs walking back and forth and standing around looking stupid. **, the Employee of the Month according to the picture prominently posted in the area, was flirting with the register person and/or looking like she didn't know what to do. I recognized her by her earbud, which was also in the picture. I was thinking she could use one of those TVs like in McD's that shows the pending orders.
A patron walked up with his receipt and stood waiting to speak with one of the people who were ignoring him. He patiently stood for 4 minutes, and finally someone saw him after ** walked away, right past him, and out of the field of view. They hadn't given him his soda with his order. A "family" walked in, and the 5 year old insisted 5 times in 15 seconds that he had to have bacon on his burger. The future of America. His mom said she wanted "the largest soda you can give me." The apple and the tree, in the same place. I waited 8 minutes for my hamburger, and was amazed that ** was able to locate it and hand it to me.
I left the restaurant so as to not hear the outcome of whether Junior got his artery clogging waistline expanding bacon burger. As I stood in the parking lot, I sampled the merchandise. The first thing I noticed was fresh red onion peeking out. Then the square burger. I bit into it, and the sweet flavor of the onion and pickles hit, followed by the tender burger. It was most enjoyable - far better at a glance than my usual McD's burger. It was actually "prepared" medium, and not cooked to death. It appeared more like meat than what I usually get at McD's.
As I considered this sequence of events, It occurred to me that the customer service was just as lousy as I remembered at Wendy's. Then I thought "if I had one of these burgers regularly, the novelty might wear off and I'd also have to deal with the customer service." So, it's back to McD's for me, but maybe I'll switch up once in a while for a change. I'm usually one to focus on quality of the goods, but I find it interesting that customer service is at least as important to me when it comes to fast food.
PARMA HEIGHTS, OHIO -- Wendy's is the only place I buy my French Fries. Even if I buy the rest of my meal somewhere else, I always stop at Wendy's to get my fries. Today, I stopped at Wendy's and went inside to order my fries. I was told they were just being made. I like that, that means they are going to be nice and hot. This Wendy's ALWAYS has nice hot fries, they really are the bestest!
Anyway, I got my order to go and the bag was steaming hot. However, those great fries that I'm so used to, were completely ruined by so much salt that they put on them. Now, I have always been one that salts everything, so for me to say something was too salty is really a surprise to others.
After eating just a few fries, my tongue and the roof of my mouth were actually sore and felt raw. My Dad sat down to eat his and he had the same problem. I was so disappointed because they were so fresh and hot and just enough crispiness on the outside yet hot and soft on the inside, which is the way I would describe the PERFECT Fry! I tried to ignore the salt for as long as I could. Then, I even took my fingers and rubbed the salt off each fry before I ate them. It was really hard for me to just throw them away, because as I said, they were cooked so perfectly... but the salt was just too much to handle.
I don't know if one employee salted them, then maybe another came along and salted them, not knowing they were already salted... but why-o-why would you ruin such a beautiful, perfectly cooked fry like that? WHY??? WHY??? WHY???? My Dad and I just couldn't finish them because our mouth and tongue were so sore. It's now been about two hours since I ate them and the inside of my upper lip feels a bit swollen.
I hate to write a complaint because this Wendy's location have always served perfect food for as long as I've been going there... but I just needed to bring this to their attention. Yeah, I'll still go there and yeah, I'll still buy my fries there, hoping this was just a one time thing.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA -- I had to wait through traffic to get into the location on Thomas drive in PC Florida taking probably 10-15 minutes to start this complaint. I ordered our drinks 5 of us. 2 sprites, 1 coke, and 2 large sweet teas. I ordered 2 #4's, 1 #7, 2 grilled chicken sandwich meals. I got to the window I got 1 small tea, 1 large tea, 3 cokes. I told the man the drinks were wrong and that both teas were supposed to be large and he smarted off "She read you your order back didn't she!" I said, "Yes sir she did but when she read it back it was what I ordered and this is not right."
He said, "We didn't charge you for that" and I told him, "I didn't care what it cost." I wanted the large teas and I gave him money. He got aggravated like he didn't want to exchange the small tea. Then I told him the cokes were supposed to be sprite I thought he would stroke out. Then to the food order. He handed the bag out the window and I just counted the sandwiches and we were 2-short the chicken sandwiches.
Well he repeated the statement about she read your order and you should have listened. "She read your order out" and I told him again that "she read it out right but the order was wrong." I paid 36 or 37 dollars. Needless to say I was furious this manager had belittled me, he talked down to me as if I were stupid after I had gone out of my way. Waited for 15 minutes in traffic finally pulling into some amusement park next to it and having to wait to get in the entrance then for me to have such terrible service. Not to mention my husband and I didn't get our meals.
I will never go to that Wendy's again and I suggest you get someone down there that has a few manners to run your store. Figure out a better entrance for the store. Get order takers who know how to key in what they repeat to you. I hate to complain but that night was such a bomb because I had gotten so upset. We went to the room and I had potato chips for supper.
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA -- Wendy' 33 Feb.7, 2012 at 1:37 pm Reg# 1 Cashier **. Outside they seemed to be very clean. No one was in the drive through, and there was no big line it seemed inside. We went in and there was no one ordering but there was some customers waiting for their order. We ordered a #1 with no cheese, no pickle, large fries, no salt and 1 med. drink. My son mentioned the mess in the cook area. It was a mess, I could see it if they were slammed but they were not. We got our drink and was waiting when the Burger cook came over to ** and said to him if the burger had no salt. He said no the fries have no salt.
My burger was made and sat at the station before the customers in front of us even got their food. One order of fries just got done but instead of pulling mine out they dumped it and salted it. There was one man behind us and he got his food before either of us did. They finally gave the customer in front of us their food. We were still waiting. The fries' cook told ** to offer us their apology because of the wait. He told her he did but he did not say anything to us at all.
As we waited, the fries' cook finally pulled up the second order of fries and loaded them into a large box and put both my burger and fries in a bag and handed it to me. We decided to just sit so I could eat. I needed something. I was not feeling well. So we sat down and that is when I found that my hamburger was cold and my fries were pulled out before they wear done. So, I ate my hamburger and threw away the fries, and the fries were the reason I went to Wendy's, but they left a bit to be desired. As we left a customer from the drive through came in and complained about the fries.
CITRUS HEIGHTS, CALIFORNIA -- I would like to say that the Wendy's in Citrus Heights Ca, across from the Sunrise Mall is a joke. I went through the drive through on date 01/17/2012 and the service I received was just terrible the people working the late shift including the manager were very rude and inconsiderate. I ordered a classic single meal and 3 dollar burgers. I received fries that had looked like they had been cooked twice over. They were hard and brown and not even hot when I tried them. I noticed this when I got to the street light just down from the Wendy's I purchased them from.
So I went back drove through the drive through stopped at the window they did not see me. So I went back a second time there was a car in front of me. The people working at the Wendy's turn the lights off and said they were closed. I said "I am not happy with the fries would you please give me my money back or replace my order." And this is what I got ''NO'' SORRY we are closed you will have to come back in the morning.
''THAT'' IS TOTAL CRAP! I paid for fries yes but fresh fries and if they could not replace my order they should have right there given me my money back but instead I had to drive home with fries I could not eat. ''So'' half of the order I got it was not a good experience the workers should be fired. There is ''no'' excuses for that kind of service and the attitudes sucked. They are getting paid and they are not even doing their jobs! Part of working and running a business involves treating the consumer with respect which I did not receive. I should not have to come back in the morning when I got there just 1 minute before they closed.
''Also'' anyone that does not care enough about their job to see that the customer leaves the store with the product they paid for should not be working for the company. I saw a lack of caring and respectful attitudes. I do not recommend Wendy's in Citrus Heights Ca, across from the Sunrise Mall to anyone who cares to receive what they paid for. The store and the workers should be inspected and replaced.
MEMPHIS, TN -- I went to the drive thru tonight and the girl taking the order was cussing at her 2 children who she brought to work with her (around 7-8 yrs old) while she was taking my order. I pulled to the window for my total b/c she couldn't even get that right. While she was standing there yelling at her kids, and stuffing french fries down her throat, she took my money and gave me my change (without a receipt of course) then instructed me to reverse my car and back away from the window.
There was another car behind me who also had to back up to make room for me. She finally then waves me forward to pick up my food. She hands me the bag and slammed the window shut and continues with her fries and drink. Her children stood there pulling on her shirt as she ignored them, to tell her that I was still sitting at the window. She opens it up with "yea, what you need?" (How rude!) I told her that she didn't give me my drink. She hands me the drink and without thinking I pull away... Once I got at my destination, I opened my bag only to realize that there was no salad dressing for my salad. Which just made me even more angry.
I called the store and was told to come by tomorrow and talk to a manager. But how can I even prove I was there without a receipt? Completely unprofessional, unorganized and unsanitary. There were 2 kids in the back behind the counter... are these children been made to wash their hands, or taught not to sneeze or cough on food? They weren't wearing any hairnets, gloves or anything.
Children DO NOT belong behind the counter at a fast food restaurant. Well in this case they were the only ones who seems to be paying attention to what was going on. I will never eat there again and will tell anyone who will listen not to either. I will be stopping by tomorrow to speak with a store manager and not just some little girl they have answer the phone and say she was. There is no way a true manager would let any of this happen.