Thursday, August 14, 2008

Burger King / Wash It Your Way

Xenia, Ohio Burger King declares a 2319 after an employee takes a bath in the kitchen sink. Timothy "Mr. Unstable" Tackett gets canned, along with several co-workers, after posting the clip to his MySpace page. BK orders the sink sterilized twice, liquidates all utensils involved:

I have low expectations of cleanliness anytime I dine out. So I'll ask: What made Mr. Unstable's baƱo any less hygienic than use of the sink to clean, say, pests and pest droppings, spoiled food, employee hands, vomit, stuff that fell on the floor, or any of the other contaminants that routinely need to be cleaned up even in the best restaurants?

"My first thought was oh my God," Greene County health commissioner Mark McDonnell tells WDTN's Megan O'Rourke, and his second and third thoughts aren't much more coherent. Mr. Unstable hosts a clip of McDonnell free-associating on the possible dangers involved in letting a tattooed punker take a birthday bath in a kitchen sink: "Contaminating a food utensil, cleaning sink; employee health; spreading bacteria all over food contact surfaces; spreading bacteria all over... Bacteria that happened to be on his skin could be deposited on the utensils too. Could promote a food poisoning."

Again, are these risks rendered any greater by a guy taking a bath? I say this is another case of aesthetic disapproval pretending to be a public safety concern.

Which isn't to say Burger King shouldn't have fired the guy (pity Xenia, where this is what an underappreciated show business genius has to do for fun on his birthday), though it's a shame to see that the real protagonist of the video — money-grubbing manager "Karen," the only person doing any real work in the joint — seems to have taken a fall as well.

Comments

He looks like he really does need a bath... I'm pretty sure most of us who've patronized most fast food chains have ingested something we'd rather never know about... This actually is far more tame than some of stories I've heard about things that go on... and he's kinda cute... so that makes it better too...

I saw this video on break.com last nite and the only thing I could think of was his dirty butt was soaking in the sink they clean the dishes in. YUCK!

In regards to the above article... I don't think that BK washes rodents or rodent droppings in their sink...

I'm glad he was fired. He was obviously an idiot looking for attention. I bet if he was to stand up during that video and show everything we'd see how really inept he is as a man. lol!