Taco Bell Worker Reveals Exactly How Much Sweet Tea Is Thrown Out - And Why

A Taco Bell worker has been revealing how the chain operates in a series of viral videos, showing the way grills are cleaned with soda water and how vast quantities of tea are throw away each day.

The man, calling himself Vincentfwu, has been sharing numerous behind-the-scenes clips from the fast food chain on his TikTok page.

One of his most popular videos, shared at the end of last month, showed how the floors get cleaned at his branch, which is in an unknown location. It amassed more than 28 million views.

"How Taco Bell cleans the floors every night," he captioned the clip, which shows a giant tub that looks like a bin filled with soapy, and presumably hot, water.

It's tipped out onto the floor creating a mini-flood, as workers continue to tip more tubs onto the floor around the entire kitchen.

A follow-up clip, shared earlier this month, showed workers armed with giant squeegees and brooms, as they sweep up dirt and debris while directing water into plugs in the floor.

"Squeegee vs broom," Vincentfwu added.

Multiple people commented on the video, with fellow fast food worker, Kaylin, saying: "That's how the Burger King I work at cleans them."

Spacex reckoned: "I mean if it works it works."

While Lamar Dawson revealed: "I worked at TB when I was in high school 20 years ago. This is exactly how we did it."

Another popular clip, watched more than two million times, revealed the amount of tea thrown away, presumably every day.

"How much tea is wasted at Taco Bell," Vincentfwu captioned the video, as he filmed himself removing the sweet and unsweetened tea containers from the drinks dispenser.

The beverage is Lipton's Iced Tea, as the employee films and captions the entire process, saying: "Lids off. Water for drainage. Pour. Pour more."

Some people questioned why so much was being chucked out, but Vincetnfwu explained it's: "Quality assurance."

One person, Jacob Seaton, commented: "Just take it with you and give it to homeless people or a food shelter."

To which Vincentfwu replied: "1. We ain't close to any homeless shelter / people. 2. You really think they want some tea?"

Other people also questioned the practice, with Santi_360ram asking: "Well why don't you just fill it half way and you save more of the drink."

Carter asked: "You mean it just sits in the container. Not even in a bag."

Lylethingdog questioned: "Why not save it? We do at McDonald's if we have a lot."

Another clip revealed how they use a different drink—soda water—but not for drinking.

Needless to say the machines and appliances need a deep clean after making food all day, but it seems Taco Bell workers shun harsh chemicals on the grill.

A video, shared at the end of last month, showed Vincentfwu scrubbing down the equipment with soda water.

They said: "Cleaning the grill at Taco Bell. Soda water. Spray. Ew. Spotless."

The sparkling beverage is a popular cleaning agent, with its bubbles ideal for lifting grime and stubborn stains.

Website Electrodry explains the fizzy drink is perfect for getting stains out of fabric, polishing crockery, soaking burnt-on grease off and lifting rust.

They said: "Pour a bit of soda water onto your countertops, stovetops, and the sink. Let it fizzle for a bit then wipe the grime away. It can also be used to clean tapware and remove water stains and soap scum."

Although not everyone was convinced, as Eiko said: "We use actual grill cleaner at Wendy's."

Former worker Amity Delite Michaels added: "I don't miss doing this. 5 years at Taco Bell doing this every night really gets to ya after a bit."

Newsweek reached out to Taco Bell and Vincentfwu for comment.

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An exterior view shows a sign at a Taco Bell restaurant on March 30, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. A worker has shared behind-the-scenes clips revealing how the kitchen operates. Ethan Miller/Getty Images