(Chicago Tribune) Yuck. A McDonald’s worker in South Carolina has been arrested after surveillance video allegedly caught him spitting into cups of iced tea that had been returned by the customers because they weren’t sweet enough.
Meanwhile, the operator of the Simpsonville, S.C., fast-food franchise where the incident reportedly took place is asking the public to withhold judgment about his restaurant.
“Nothing is more important to me than the safety and well-being of my customers,” the franchise operator, John Kennedy, said in a statement released to The Times. “I want to assure my customers that my restaurant has the most stringent food safety and quality standards and I caution anyone from reaching a conclusion without the facts. As this is a pending police matter, it would be inappropriate to discuss further and, as such, any additional questions can be directed to the police department.”
A spokeswoman for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office told Fox Carolina TV that authorities are investigating whether the incident was isolated, but that they don’t believe it’s an ongoing problem.
The story has been pinging around the Internet on Thursday because, well, it’s among a consumer’s worst nightmares, said Chris Morran, deputy editor of Consumerist.com, the consumer news and advocacy blog operated by Consumer Reports.
“It icks people out because there’s nothing you can do,” he said of public interest in the case. “This sort of reminds us that we walk into these restaurants at their mercy.”
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