Wareham Health Board fines Wendy's $500, lets McDonald's off with a warning

By Meghan Neely | Aug 01, 2018
Photo by: Meghan Neely Representatives of McDonald's meet with the Wareham Board of Health.

The Wendy's at 3025 Cranberry Highway was fined $500 by the Wareham Board of Health on Wednesday, Aug. 1, for failing to keep a clean store. The business has been closed at least three times before due to similar circumstances.

According to Heath Agent Robert Ethier, the fast food restaurant is currently in violation of both federal food code and state sanitary code. During his last visit a month and a half ago, Ethier said he found greasy carpets, dirty tiles and a leaking ceiling in the dining area.

District Manager Keith Helger appeared before the Board of Health to provide an update on the store's condition, stating that the front of the store had been cleaned up with new furniture from a recently closed store.

Helger also said a carpet cleaning company is visiting the store once a month. General cleaning at Wendy's is carried out by staff, which Helger claimed has been a challenge.

"We only have 16 employees at the moment," Helger said. "We should be running at about 24."

According to Helger, many job applicants are turned away for failed background checks.

Board of Health members suggested that Helger look into hiring a third party cleaning company to make up for the shortage of employees on top of the $500 fine.

Representatives from the neighboring McDonald's at 3032 Cranberry Highway also went before the Board of Health on Wednesday night.

Ethier stated that on a recent visit to McDonald's he found wet boxes containing food as well as a trail of mud and grease inside the restaurant's freezer. Both issues have been resolved according to McDonald's representative, who claim the mess in the freezer likely came from a delivery.

"It's not an ongoing issue," one representative said. "We've never seen anything like it before."

The Board of Health ultimately let McDonalds' off with a warning for the incident.

Comments (24)
Posted by: brazz | Aug 01, 2018 21:41

That Wendy's is a dump and corporate should close that place.



Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Aug 01, 2018 22:46

I've never seen so many sleazy dives as I've seen in this town, but to be fair, I've never been to Mississippi.  Maybe it's the screw-the-stupid-tourists attitude that prevails here, maybe it's just the Massachusetts if-you-didn't-steal-it-you-didn't-earn-it mindset, maybe it's simply out-of-town-franchise-owners-(thanks-for-the-trust-fund-grandpa!) who can't run a burger joint even with the instruction manual in front of them.

 

I can't find out who owns the East Wareham franchise but I sure hope it's not the same company that will be opening the Wendy's in West Wareham.



Posted by: cranky pants | Aug 02, 2018 07:44

When you pay peanuts, you get animals... Must be kinda tough to have workplace pride when you're not feeling compensated.

Think of all the families that we see trekking from the Water Wizz to both of these places. What's the opinion of the people that pay handsomely to visit the Wizz Water place, then risk their lives along 28 for some grimy burgers and greasy fries.

In my opinion the whole strip along cholesterol highway needs to be bulldozed. KFC - Taco Bell is disgusting inside, Wendy's and McDonald's aren't far behind... Burger King is in there somewhere.

Then while we're removing the dumps we can plow right through the creepy motels and hotels.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 02, 2018 09:03

What they said!

 

If I had a magic wand or a buzzdozer, motels would be first, dilapidated buildings second, ramshackle trailers third, nasty restaurants fourth, and miscreants would be an ongoing effort.

 

The condition of all of our fast food restaurants is deplorable.  I drive a lot for work in many of Wareham's cousins...ya know, Lynn, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, Ware, Chicopee, Brockton, Holyoke.  All the nicer places in MA.  Anyways, our restaurants are by far the nastiest.  Our Mc Donald's was renovated so it is the best of a poor lot. BK, Wendy's, etc are all terrible.  Not just dirty, they are shabby, old, worn, dingy. Food sucks, service sucks.  The help look just as sleazy as the restaurants.



Posted by: cranky pants | Aug 02, 2018 09:18

Then sit and wonder why we aren't approached by guys like Chic-Fil-A...

One could only dream of Chic.



Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Aug 02, 2018 10:09

WBTS .... you forgot one Lawrence... I agree with you but sleazy help all I can say is at least they are working  and not sitting on their butts collecting a check.



Posted by: SammieJfive | Aug 02, 2018 15:47

Agreed SS. Working in a hot kitchen and over a fryolater for a bit of time tends to make one a bit greasy and sweaty. I certainly wouldn't wear my best clothing to that type of job! They could be sitting on their butts collecting welfare. No, they're working.....trying to make ends meet just like the rest of us. That's gotta count for something.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 02, 2018 17:00

That is true.  They are working.  That does count for something.  I guess I was trying to say that the fast food restaurants (especially Wendy's) have admitted to being understaffed to the point that they can't stay open.  There is so much opportunity for anybody with any skills to get a better job elsewhere nowadays.  Things are pretty good out there.  Sure, some of the remaining staff may be loyal good employees.  Yet the majority appear to be remaining because they don't have the ambition to better themselves.  They are in the classic dead end "do you want fries with that" mode.



Posted by: Linda | Aug 02, 2018 21:48

Very sad.  These people are working - to some, it's their second job and they aren't on the welfare system.  Sometimes it isn't not having ambition to better themselves, it's not having a car to get to another job.  There are help wanted signs in almost every store in town.  I asked why this one pharmacy couldn't get anyone to work there....she said that they can't pass the drug test.  Enough said.

 



Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Aug 03, 2018 00:21

Well, there's always Edaville for the self-medicated.

 

There should be a town registry for those who pass piss tests every year in order to qualify for the crappy, part-time, minimum wage jobs offered in this town.  If you pass the test three years in a row, you should receive a "Not a Junkie" ID card.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 03, 2018 01:23

Linda-i know what you are saying. You are compassionate.  Thing is, they don't need a car to drag a brush through their hair, wash their clothes, or at least use a toothbrush and some floss to remove the past weeks food from their front teeth.  These people are downright nasty.  I swear they crawl out from the tent city out back and start slapping together burgers with the same hands they used in the latrine.  Homeless or bad living situation excuse (although sad) is not acceptable because they work with food! People that prepare our food must be clean.



Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | Aug 03, 2018 06:16

WOW- MUST BE NICE TO BE PERFECT. THEY'RE TALKING DIRTY STORES, AND YOU GUYS ARE TALKING ABOUT BRUSHING TEETH AND TENT CITY. THEY ARE DOWNRIGHT NASTY? CLIMB BACK INTO YOUR IVORY TOWERS. BYE BYE

 

 



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 03, 2018 08:00

THKNG60- some of the employees are just as dirty as the stores.  Have you been in any of these places and seen?  Would you want your food prepared by a dirty employee?



Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | Aug 03, 2018 08:33

ANY EMPLOYEE OF ANY JOB SHOULD BE CLEAN AND PRESENTABLE. BUT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CODE VIOLATIONS, NOT EMPLOYEE APPEARANCES. AND NO, I HAVE NOT BEEN IN ANY OF THESE PLACES LATELY, I'M TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY. I WAS IN A FILTHY WENDYS IN BROCKTON, AND WAITED MY TURN IN LINE ONLY TO TELL THE MANAGER AND WHOEVER ELSE THAT THE PLACE WAS A DISGUSTING SHITHOLE.AND THAT I WILL REPORT THEM. I LEFT AND SO DID THE OTHER PEOPLE IN LINE.

 



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 03, 2018 09:26

You are right, the article is about code violations.  The comments did veer.  They veered because the condition of the building goes hand in hand with the condition of the employees.  If a person doesn't care about themselves, they aren't going to care about cleanliness of the restaurant.



Posted by: Warehamlifer | Aug 04, 2018 05:51

WBTS- stay on track stop veering off the road!!!!! LOL



Posted by: Warehamlifer | Aug 04, 2018 05:54

Today’s news from Lawrence,man brandished a gun at a landscape company employee after the grass he was cutting got on his car LOL,WCVB 5



Posted by: Just Me1 | Aug 04, 2018 07:05

This is a very interesting discussion, both the on-topic and off-topic comments. But ass I see it, the real focus here is enforcement of the codes and laws (sanitation, building, labor, etc.). In comments to other stories over time, many have remarked about the condition of the buildings along Cranberry Highway, yet no enforcement of codes seems to be an agenda item. I almost said "priority".

 

So, if the departments enforced the codes and the Selectmen focused on making structural improvements to our laws, regulations and codes, things could look and get better in Wareham.

 

I look forward to that effort.



Posted by: rhbinma | Aug 05, 2018 15:23

But they do nothing about all the animals that are brought in the stores.  There is no way all the people in Walmart have service animals. I have seen these animals licking things on the shelf pee on the floor but do nothing about it.



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Aug 05, 2018 17:19

WBTS - For some reason I never pictured you as a Wendy's or McDonald's customer. Interesting characterization you provided of "these people" (food service employees of Wendy's and McDonalds.) Have you been inside those restaurants to witness the food service employees appearing in the manner that you described? Did all of the employees look like that? Did you bring the appearance of the food service employees to the attention of the manager?



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 05, 2018 23:48

Andrea- you are correct what it comes to burgers and fries. That stuff isn't the best for my figure or my cholesterol. For myself, I will occasionally grab a breakfast sandwich at McDonalds/ Burger King and I tend to get salads for lunch when in a pinch. Wendy's has a new one with chicken & pecans that isn't too bad. I got kids though. My son would choose Burger King if he was going to the electric chair. As a result, I find myself there for him.

 

So yes, I have seen the employees looking as I described. I wouldn't make something like that up. There is no need to. No, not all of the employees look like that. No, I have never said anything to the management...heck no. I tend to keep my trap shut in cases like that...especially before I get the food! They say to never complain before you get the food!  Plus one of the shabbiest ones with a dirty uniform was actually the manager at one of the instances. Not much I could say...



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 05, 2018 23:51

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Posted by: Spherebreaker | Aug 06, 2018 10:50

Large Marge at the Burger King has the dirtiest uniforms I have ever seen at any restaurant. She is always like that. Glad the food is wrapped when she handles it



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 06, 2018 22:36

Yep...that's what I saw.  You can tell when a dirty uniform is the result of one hard day vs. the result of several lazy days.  What's up with that?



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