Some workers have reported that the popcorn at movie theaters can sometimes be reheated from the previous day.
There are claims from employees across multiple chains about ice machines not being cleaned as frequently as they should be.
Some workers at popular coffee chains have reported that many pastries are delivered frozen and might sit for a while before being sold.
Ironically, in certain fast-food chains, salads might not be as fresh as you'd hope, as they can be pre-made and might sit for a while, especially if they're not a popular item.
Some fast-food employees have suggested avoiding fish items unless it's during a promotional period or Lent, when they're sold more frequently and are likely fresher.
Sometimes, the "special" items or those not commonly ordered might sit pre-made for longer periods.
Some workers report that the machines aren't cleaned as regularly as customers might hope.
Ordering just before a fast-food place closes might mean you get items that have been sitting out for a while, as fresh batches aren't typically made close to closing time.
Some employees from various taco-serving chains suggest that fillings like beans might be reheated multiple times during the day.
Any condiments or toppings that aren't frequently used might not be as fresh, as they could be sitting out for extended periods.