As soon as I saw this video earlier today on Break, I couldn’t wait to hear how Burger King talked their way out of this one.
For anyone who hasn’t seen the video yet, check out this idiot below and then stay tuned after the jump for BK’s official "hard knocks" approach to this "very serious" situation.
WHIOTV.com has some of the best and least-ironic journalists in the business. An except of their hard news reporting:
A teenage employee celebrated his birthday by taking a bath in the utility sink at the Burger King in Xenia.
Greene County Health Commissioner Mark McDonnell was emailed the video that appeared on MySpace.com and is now using it as evidence.
In the video, the employee dumps water on himself using a bucket marked with the words, "sanitary solution." But McDonnell said the sink is used to clean utensils and there is nothing sanitary about what the teenager did.
Burger King officials claim to have been notified about the incident on Monday immediately afterward, but I tend to disagree, because (at the 1:52 mark) the cinematographer INFORMS the manager of said Burger King about the vile act and she seems very uninterested.
The health inspector continued to explain that any bacteria from the ‘prankster’s body’ could have been transferred onto the utensils and given customers food poisoning. Uh oh!
Seriously, those health inspectors don’t know how to let loose and let someone enjoy their friggin’ birthday.
… and finally, Burger King’s official response to clear up this whole messy situation:
"We have sanitized the sink and have disposed of all other kitchen tools and utensils that were used during the incident. We have also taken appropriate corrective action on the employees that were involved in this video. Additionally, the remaining staff at this restaurant is being retrained in health and sanitation procedures."
There ya go, ladies and gentlemen, anyone else feel like eating at Burger Kings in Xenia, Ohio anytime soon?
Give us a yay or nay shout in the comments section if you think this situation was handled properly by corporate or chime in with what you would do better.
Personally, if I were THE Burger King or the company’s CEO, John Chidsey, I would just come out and say: "It’s company policy to require all Burger King employees to bathe hourly in a specially designed ‘utensil cleaning sink’. We value our employees and nothing makes for a happier and more productive worker than a good clean bath. Starting today, with the purchase of a Double Whopper Meal at participating Burger King Restaurants each customer is entitled to bathe for a time not exceeding 10 minutes in the official Employee Sink, should they request to do so."
WHIOTV: Employee Takes Bath At Xenia Burger King, August 12, 2008
UPDATE: During an interview with local news Timothy Tackett, the guy in the video, said that since getting fired, sales on his myspace page of his band’s latest songs have skyrocketed. Maybe he’s not a complete idiot? Yeah, he probably still is.