First, I’d like to relate to you a true story. One day, while sitting outside an unnamed, popular chain of fast-food joints, I witnessed a woman in a kitchen apron walk out of the front door, then reach beneath that apron and into the front of her pants. What she retrieved wasn’t clear, but what was clear, is that she placed the object — situated between her forefinger and thumb — up to her nose to examine its origin, I suppose. To say I’ve been skeptical of fast-food restaurants since then is an understatement.
Those with similar fears of unsanitary conditions in roadside respites will not take too kindly to this tale, either. The above Facebook photo was snapped by a woman in Ohio who entered her local Taco Bell, only to be treated by a worker presumably uncovering the lost secret of Dr. Gluteus’ gold. The woman not only posted it to Taco Smell’s Facebook, but she sent it to news outlets, as well. The pic went viral, and the Erie County Health Department investigated the matter, resulting in Taco Bell firing the booty pirate. Here’s Taco Bell’s statement to ABC12:
This is completely unacceptable. Our franchisee took immediate action and has terminated the employee and retrained the entire staff. We want customers to know that the person in the photo was never in contact with the food, and that the Health Department inspected the restaurant and approved its operations.
To be fair, the dumper-digging gentleman was only doing what Kevin Smith taught him: