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McDonald’s has made a lot of changes to its menu over the years in an attempt to be healthier and compete with high-end burger chains. But, please. That’s not why we go to McDonald’s. We go there for the classics we can’t get anywhere else, along with a side of fries that look the same when they’re served fresh and four months later when you find one under a car seat. There’s something comforting about that. Right?

But if takes you longer than normal to choose what to order now that the choices are plentiful, an employee took to Reddit to try and make it a little bit easier for you. In the thread, user CraveKnowledge asked: “Restaurant chain workers, what dish should we not order and why?” And McDonald’s staffers were quick to reveal the one thing you should never, ever order. And for many of us, it’s sad news.

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Yup, it’s … the delicious, delectable Filet-O-Fish.

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One commenter said that “It’s been 3 years since I worked there but I can promise you that the filet of fish is not fresh by any stretch of the imagination.”

Then, more McDonald’s employees kept coming out of the woodwork to break our fish-loving hearts with similar stories. “I used to work at McDonald’s. Don’t order our fish patties. No one ever does and I swear some days we’d make a batch and it would sit there all day until someone ordered some.” Another user stated that “those things sit there for hours before getting served.”

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But if you’re really dying for that square puck of fish, these staffers have some advice for you:

“The only time you can trust a filet o fish is at 10:30 am,” wrote nas_k. “That’s when they switch to lunch, and everything is fresh for 10 glorious minutes.” OK, so right when breakfast is ending, got it.

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According to a spokesperson for McDonald’s, “While we always strive to freshly prepare orders, for customer convenience, there are times – such as during peak hours – when we prepare some ingredients in advance. Our Filet-O-Fish – which uses solely Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified wild-caught Alaska Pollock – continues to be a customer favourite around the world.”

Darn right. Especially when it’s slathered in McD’s special tartar sauce and covered in melted cheese.

“At McDonald’s just say you want a fish filet cooked to order,” said Redditor Exiled-Biblu. “It will take [five] more minutes but worth it compared to the filet that has been in the heated cabinet for hours.”

Noted. You gotta do what you gotta do.

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