A West Virginia man has been relieved from his post as Pizza Hut District Manager after surveillance video showed he relieved himself in the kitchen sink of one of pizza chain’s restaurants, according to a report today from Consumerist.
This video, obtained by WOWK–TV, shows the man, which Pizza Hut has confirmed as the district manager, checking a computer in the kitchen then dropping trou to urinate in a utensil cleaning sink.
After being shown the video, local health officials to shut down the Kermit, W. Va., location to investigate, leaving up signs saying that “conditions within the establishment constituting a substantial hazard to the public health.”
“It’s something you hope to never have to deal with but we take it seriously. They’re closed until we do a thorough cleaning on the place and have the reassurance there are safeguards in place,” said Mingo County Sanitarian Brett Vance, who closed the establishment.
In a statement regarding the incident, Pizza Hut said they were “embarrassed” by the incident and that the local owner terminated the employee immediately.
“While the isolated incident occurred during non-business hours and did not involve any food tampering, we follow strict safety and handling procedures and the restaurant has since been closed,” the Pizza Hut statement said. “We apologize to our customers of Kermit, W. Va., and those in our system who have been let down by this situation.”
The incident also seems to have pissed off some of the Kermit-area residents, including Ricky Brewer, who lives by the Pizza Hut in question.
“I just don’t trust anybody after it happened once, plain and simple,” Brewer said.
Said fellow resident Blanche Ferris: “I would never go there and eat. Even if I did, the though would run through my mind.”