A Burger King employee fired because he was involved in a gross, stomach turning picture that shows someone standing with their shoes with each foot firmly planted in an open shredded lettuce container was fired, according to Fox News, for his appalling behavior and potentially very unsafe behavior
The owner of the local Burger King franchise confirmed the employee’s firing in a statement to Fox8.
Burger King’s Director of Global Communications, Bryson W. Thornton, sent Fox 8 News the following statement Thursday morning;
Burger King Corp. is aware of a photo that shows a BURGER KING® restaurant employee violating the company’s stringent food handling procedures. Food safety is a top priority at all BURGER KING® restaurants and the company maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any violations such as the one in question.
The restaurant where this photo was taken is independently-owned and operated by a BURGER KING® franchisee. The franchisee has taken swift action to investigate this matter and has terminated the three employees involved in the incident.
The employee was busted by the 4chan.org website after picture was posted along with a comment that said,
“This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King.”
According to a HyperVocal, the anonymous user did not strip the GPS data from the images.
A 4chan user tracked the image’s geo-tagging to locate the employee. The employee was tracked to the Burger King in Mayfield Heights, near Cleveland Ohio.
Initially Burger King released this statement,
We are aware of the photo that was allegedly posted by an employee at a BURGER KING® restaurant in Ohio and are taking the issue very seriously. Food safety is a top priority for BURGER KING® restaurants and the company has strict policies regarding its food handling procedures. We are investigating the matter and will take appropriate action as necessary.
It’s good to see that former Burger King employee fired will no longer be making food for fast food giant. Burger King handled the matter rather swiftly. No word if Burger King thanked 4chan for the efforts in locating the now fired employees.