The goal for any business is to make a quick profit. But for fast food restaurants, such as Burger King and McDonald’s, profit comes at a cost to public safety.
Fast food franchises looking to cut costs — and maximize profits — hire cheap labor, mostly high school students who don’t care about your health.
Teenage fast food workers are known to brag about slipping something extra into the special sauce, and watching as unsuspecting diners eat their disgusting creations.
But a worker at a Burger King franchise in Cleveland, Ohio went one step further by posting a photo on a message board of himself standing in 2 bins of lettuce.
The employee posted the image with the caption: “This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King”.
Enraged 4Chan hackers, also known as Anonymous, immediately went to work tracking the poster down through the Exif data hidden in the digital photo. It took 4Chan all of 15 minutes to find the Burger King employee, and the restaurant where he worked.
The 4Chan sleuths zeroed in on the address of the franchise: 1475 Worton Boulevard, Mayfield Heights, OH, then they called the Burger King and asked to speak with a manager.
A shift manager downplayed the incident, telling the caller that the guy was a longtime employee and this was his first disciplinary incident.
The photo went viral on social networking websites, and soon The Huffington Post and the Cleveland Scene, were calling the restaurant. The Cleveland Scene was told the photo couldn’t be verified as having been taking at the Mayfield Heights branch.
“We don’t believe it is true,” Mike, Mayfield Heights Burger King manager, said.
The Cleveland Scene was later informed that both the employee and the shift manager were fired.
Burger King eventually released a corporate statement reiterating that “food safety is a top priority at all Burger King restaurants” blah blah blah…
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