The biggest sin anyone who works with food could commit is tampering with other people's food, yet that's exactly what these (thankfully) former employes did. It's awful, but it makes you wonder if that last burger you ordered was really as safe as you thought...
A Jack's Family Restaurant employee in Columbus, Mississippi got frustrated with a customer in the drive-thru because she couldn't understand them, then words were exchanged and it just went downhill from there. According to the Mississippi Department of Health, not only did she allegedly lick a piece of cheese, she also smeared menstrual blood on the burgers. The customer didn't know what she did to the food and ate the meal but later made a complaint to the restaurant about poor service.
A coworker had caught the employee in the act and told her mom, who then posted about it on social media saying, "If you went to Jack's between 10 PM and 10:30 PM and you ordered the Big Jack with a Sprite, you got more than ketchup!!!" The post was viewed more than 180,000 times and shared more than 4,000 times. The customer saw the post and filed a complaint with the police. The coworker's mom also posted a recorded phone call between her daughter and the employee in question, where she says the security cameras "can't see right there" in the area where she was standing.
After the post went viral, the employee turned herself in but refused any wrongdoing. This felony could land her with up to five years in prison. Nasty!
While a customer at a Taco John's in Charles City, Iowa was waiting on her food, she saw an employee come in from outside and go into the kitchen. Since the kitchen area was visible to customers, she could see that the employee was out of uniform and had started preparing food. Yet what really grossed the woman out was the fact that the employee had just been outside mowing the lawn barefoot and was now walking around the kitchen (still barefoot) and sweating on the food she was handling.
The customer complained about what the employee was doing and asked to speak to a manager - she was surprised to find out that the employee she was complaining about WAS the manager. Disgusted by what she saw, the customer took a photo of the woman and posted it on Facebook where it made its way around online. The customer posted: "This woman was preparing food with bare feet, no uniform, her bra and chest hanging out all over the place, she was pouring sweat, wiping it off with her hands and not washing them."
The customer added, "She was extremely rude because I was upset with her appearance and behavior." Once those higher up at Taco John's saw the post and learned of the incident, they fired the manager for violating company policy and state health regulations.
Two Dominos workers in South Carolina were arrested for making a video of them doing gross things to the food and posting it on Youtube. The 31-year-old woman filmed the 32-year-old man blowing snot on a sandwich, sticking cheese up his nose and then putting it on the food and wiping his butt with a sponge that was then used to wash dishes.
Luckily, the two of them were fired and charged with distribution of prohibited foods. The gross pair insists it was just a prank and the food was never actually served to customers, but that didn't stop the Health Department from closing down that Dominos location to be sanitized.
A police officer in Phoenix, AZ had ordered a hamburger from the drive-thru at Jack in the Box. The officer took three bites of his sandwich and that's when he noticed something wasn't quite right.
The Jack in the Box employee (who had only worked there for less than one week) added a "special sauce" - he was suspected of blowing his nose into the hamburger. He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, adding a harmful substance to food and disorderly conduct. He was alleged to have said "That's what the cop gets" to a coworker.
Jack in the Box apologized to the officer and donated $2,000 to a police fund. They were also forced to pull their radio and TV commercials in Phoenix for two weeks because of the bad publicity and jokes being made by radio stations.
In celebration of his birthday, a Xenia, Ohio Burger King employee decided to take a soapy bath in the restaurant's dish sink to "get clean" after "feeling frisky." The video of him enjoying the sink's jets was posted on Myspace and went viral before it could be taken down. His coworkers laughed along and egged him on while they cleaned up the restaurant. The employee filming the video went to the manager that was at the front counter counting the drawers to tell her what was happening, but she wasn't interested in going back to see for herself. It doesn't seem like the restaurant was even closed at the time since the girl filming says "Oh, we got an order" at the end of the video.
The bubble bather said he regretted doing it since it led to him being fired, as well as the employee who recorded him and the shift manager on duty. The Health Commissioner for the area sent an inspector out to the restaurant, but workers had already sterilized the large utility sink.
For some reason, a Taco Bell employee thought it would be a good idea to join the Twitter competition titled #pissolympics. He did so by posting a picture on of him peeing on an order of Nachos BellGrande in a Fort Wayne, Indiana location.
The #pissolympics competition was created by "Is Anyone Up?" adult website founder, Hunter More. After seeing the post, More retweeted the Taco Bell employee's photo declaring him the winner of the contest and that's when the activist hacking group, Anonymous, went after him. Anonymous tweeted the photo asking followers to find the culprit.
After the employee got in huge trouble, he claimed he didn't serve the nachos but he was obviously still fired.
Two Subway employees in Dublin, Ohio posted vulgar Instagram photos of them while working with food. One of the posts was a photo of the employee sticking his manhood in bread, another photo was of a bottle with the caption: "Today at work I froze my pee." It was pretty obvious that the obscene photos were taken from inside a Subway. When the Columbus Health Department started investigating, they discovered the franchise store location and, of course, the owner fired the employees immediately.
The Health Department said that the photos might not be an exact health code violation but could be even more serious and land the sandwich "artists" in trouble with the law if criminal charges were made.
At a McDonald's in South Carolina, two customers returned their drinks complaining that they were not sweet enough. They asked for replacement drinks and again, they were still not right. Instead of asking for yet another set of teas, the customers decided to go home and just add their own sweetener to the drinks. When they took off the lids at their home, they discovered something they were not expecting - they found a large amount of the employee's phlegm floating in both of the teas.
The employee was arrested for allegedly spitting in the two cups of iced tea. Surveillance videos later confirmed the crime and showed the employee leaning his face down to the drinks before filling them with tea. The employee was charged with unlawful and malicious tampering with food.
A photo of a Burger King employee standing in two bins of lettuce was anonymously posted with the caption "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King." It quickly went viral and it didn't take long to track that the photo was taken at a location in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
A manager at the Burger King in question said that the alleged perpetrator was a long-time employee and this was the first disciplinary incident in his employment history. It was a group effort though, with a total of three employees being a part of the act. The employee standing in the lettuce was fired along with the two others involved, including the shift manager that was on duty at the time of the incident.
Photos of a KFC employee in Johnson City, Tennesse were posted online of her just about to lick a tray of mashed potatoes. The photos went viral and people freaked. Apparently, they were taken after the restaurant was closed and the mashed potatoes were never served to customers. Still, the woman in the photo and the woman who took the photo were both fired. KFC also sent in a team to retrain the staff at that location.
A photo of a California Taco Bell employee licking a stack of taco shells went viral and even Taco Bell posted it on their own Facebook page. The company released a statement saying that they believe the photo was just a prank and that the food wasn't served to customers, but Taco Bell was still going to investigate fully and take action against those involved.
After they figured out the store, they contacted with those in charge and then released another statement explaining the incident. Apparently, the Doritos Cool Ranch Taco shells in the photo were never served to customers - they had been used for training and were about to be thrown out. The picture was taken for an internal photo contest of employees taking the first bite out of the new product, but Taco Bell said the image was unacceptable and was never submitted. They said, "The behavior is unacceptable for people working in a restaurant" and the employee in the photo was fired.