Fast-food workers hit worst by COVID, face unmasked customers: Report

Will Kreznick
  • Fast-food workers in LA are “especially vulnerable” to COVID-19, a new report says.
  • Some restaurants in Los Angeles County aren’t following COVID-19 rules and punish staff for speaking out, the report found.
  • Restaurants sometimes didn’t tell workers when colleagues caught the virus, according to complaints.
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Fast-food workers in Los Angeles are facing unsafe conditions at work, and outbreaks among staff at restaurants are threatening the area’s ability to recover from the pandemic, a new report says.

Fast-food workers in LA County are “especially vulnerable” to COVID-19 community transmission, the report by

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The best fast food fish sandwiches, ranked

Will Kreznick

The Lenten season requires you to suspend your disbelief. Not sure about a skinny 33-something dude turning down a loaf of bread after fasting in the wilderness for 40 days? It’s Lent, baby! Get over it! Planning to give up sugar for six weeks? Sure, okay—Lent! A little shaky on hand-washing practices at your parish’s weekly fish fry? Shove it, man—it’s Lent, and anything’s possible!

But to a lapsed Protestant like myself, nothing feels quite so Lenten as the annual parade of the fast fish sandwiches. I’m referring to the two-month-ish period during which nearly every major fast food chain

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What’s your go-to fast food order?

Will Kreznick
Burger in a Shake Shack wrapper

Photo: Nhat V. Meyer (Getty Images)

Fast food isn’t just the business of engineering the biggest profit margins on a single cheeseburger. It’s an industry concerned with repeat business, and the major fast food chains will sell just about anything to keep you coming through the door—chicken sandwiches, weird doughnuts, you name it. So, what keeps you coming back? Which fast food place is your first choice when you’re out on the road, and what item (or combo) do you order more than any other? Below, The Takeout staff gets mushy about their go-to

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The One Change You May Notice at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

Will Kreznick

One of McDonald’s greatest achievements last year in terms of customer satisfaction was trimming down the average service time at its drive-thrus. The experience now lasts about 5 minutes and 49 seconds from start to finish, compared to 6 minutes and 18 seconds in 2019, according to CNN Business.

The drive-thru currently accounts for 70% of all sales at McDonald’s, so it may come as no surprise that the fast-food giant is actively testing more new ways to improve this service. The company is tapping into artificial intelligence to help increase speed and order accuracy, and the new technology

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Cramped Kitchens And Crowded Homes Are A Deadly Combo For LA’s Fast Food Workers

Will Kreznick

Good morning, L.A. It’s March 2.

After L.A. Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner made clear that he wouldn’t reopen schools until at least 25,000 teachers and staff received the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that he would set that number of doses aside for LAUSD.

Calling the decision a “game-changer,” Beutner said that the plan “will allow us to complete — during the next two weeks — vaccinations for school staff who are already working at school sites, staff who are working with our youngest learners and those working with students with learning differences and disabilities.”

Teachers

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