Everyone’s got a camera: Burger King employee mopping tables edition

 A restaurant employee was caught on camera cleaning tables with a mop.

A customer recorded the video at a Burger King restaurant on Thursday night.

“It was disgusting, honestly. I had just ate on that table. Did you do this yesterday? Do you do this every night? Did you do this, this morning?” the customer asked.

Katie Duran recorded the video, and now, she has questions for the restaurant.

After sending the video to Burger King’s corporate office, she received this response:

“Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention, and rest assure that your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate management team.”

News4Jax looked into the restaurant’s inspection report with the state and found seven basic violations and one intermediate violation. The violations included vents in the kitchen containing mold and the interior of the freezer soiled with food residue.

It’s not the colonoscopy diet: People say Burger King’s new black slushie turned their poop weird colors

Tomorrow morning, a doctor is going to stick a camera up my ass.

I’ve been on the pre-colonoscopy diet for three days now, and today is the broken-jaw version I had when I was 18, but worse.

No protein. No fruits or veg.

Just clear liquids. I have a bunch of chicken stock I made last night.

I live in sub-tropical Brisbane which has a fabulous supply of produce and proteins, and I’m eating Jello.

Later today I have to take some colon blow stuff which involves being on the toilet for about 4 hours.

But at least my poop won’t be black.

Dustin Nelson of Thrillist writes that coal-black slushies are one of Burger King’s Halloween specials this year. It’s a Frozen Fanta Scary Black Cherry, and it’s seriously dark. The drink has attracted an unexpected amount of attention not for its flavor, but for, uh, the impact of its dark hue. In fact, people have been heading to Burger King just to get a good look at the, umm, effects. 

Maybe people couldn’t resist the intestinal challenge of an artificially black treat or maybe they remember the unique results of eating that black-bunned Whopper a couple years back. Either way, people are grabbing the cherry treat and reporting on social media that it turns your mouth intensely black. Oh, and it also turns your poop a fun color. Though, no one really agrees on a single color. People have said their results have been black, green, and even blue. Whatever the individual result, it’s not on your usual spectrum of poop colors.

Asked for comment, a Burger King representative said, “For those who want to know, try it and find out.”

My female doctor also had a great suggestion for checking my prostrate, cause I’m of that age too.

She said she could do it while I was passed out for the colonoscopy.

Sign me up.

Another good Brantford boy, Phil Hartman, who was tragically killed by his third wife, is featured below.

Supplier connection? 27+ sick in Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota 2 Burger King’s closed

Two Burger King restaurants in Bemidji have been forced to shut their doors following a salmonella outbreak.

Minnesota Health Department tells the Star Tribune that since September, they’ve confirmed 27 cases of salmonella linked to the two fast-food restaurants.

 

Officials say there are four other possible cases. Both of the Burger King locations closed voluntarily Thursday to undergo a thorough decontamination process.

Liz Sawyer of the Star Tribune writes that since September, the Minnesota Department of Health has identified 27 confirmed cases and another four probable cases of salmonella with links to the two fast-food restaurants. Both sites voluntarily closed to the public on Thursday to begin the decontamination process.

“Some of the extreme measures we’re taking are that all of their employees need to test negative for salmonella [twice], not sooner than 24 hours apart,” said Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the state Department of Health. “Once that’s done, we can do additional cleaning and they can open again.”

Once most cases were reported this fall, the Health Department imposed strict interventions that rigorously cleaned the restaurants and barred employees with symptoms from working for 72 hours.

 

Don’t drive drunk: And don’t barf at Burger King drive through

A man reportedly threw up at a fast food restaurant late Wednesday night — but not because of the food.

burger.kingDavid Anthony Frieko, 32, of Clermont, was charged with DUI and resisting arrest after an employee at a Burger King in Clermont called police to report a driver in the drive-thru line had vomited in a vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit.

The man also paid $35 for an $8 order.

Police said when they responded to the State Road 50 restaurant at about 11:40 p.m., they found Frieko in the driver seat with his head down, his eyes bloodshot and glassy and his vehicle running. Officers say they smelled alcohol.

They had to pull Frieko out of the vehicle after he refused to exit, and he was unsteady on his feet.

Frieko reportedly refused sobriety tests and was arrested.

Most fast-food places do well with food safety in Philadelphia

Friend of the barfblog and beard aficionado Don Schaffner told Philly.com that, “In terms of fast food, there’s not much they can do to screw it up.”

Don-Schaffner-214x300Schaffner, a professor of microbiology at Rutgers University who also sits on McDonald’s Food Safety Advisory Council said the complex processes that can trip up exotic places that make everything from scratch, for example, are missing from these eateries, which is part of how they produce food fast, adding, “Those restaurants do a pretty good job of engineering out the risk factors. I’d be more leery going to a fancy white-tablecloth place than a fast-food restaurant.”

Partly, food-safety experts say, that is because big, publicly traded corporations – from McDonald’s to ConAgra – are well aware of the damage a food-poisoning scandal can do to their brands, and they put a priority on preventing it.

Inspectors from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health attempt to visit every restaurant once a year. Inspections are a snapshot in time, with limited ability to prevent foodborne illness. Much of the job involves educating food workers, which health officials say is more effective than policing or stiff fines.

schaffner.facebook.apr.14Establishments with problem histories also are visited more often, however; the city says a single violation for a food-borne illness risk factor usually calls for a repeat inspection.

Find inspection reports for all McDonald’s and Burger Kings, and any other city restaurants:

www.philly.com/CleanPlatesEndText

Moscow court fines Burger King restaurant for food safety violations

The Moscow Arbitration Court at the request of Russia’s public health agency Rospotrebnadzor has fined Burger Rus LLC, operator and manager of Burger King restaurants in Russia, 100,000 rubles ($2,583) for the storage of unauthorized items in refrigerators alongside food, a source in the court told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

193034122The court ruling states that on July 11 during an inspection of a Burger King restaurant, the health watchdog found violations of technical regulations of the Customs Union “On the safety of food products.”

Brushes from a milkshake machine as well as a slicer used to cut onions and tomatoes were stored beside food products. Inspectors also “found flies in the production and storage facilities,” according to the court investigation.

Rospotrebnadzor claims that the violations pose a health hazard to customers.

The court’s final decision was prepared on September 15, but has not yet come into force. The decision may be appealed within 10 days.

Burger King, founded in the United States in 1954, is currently the second largest hamburger chain in the world. The brand has been operating under franchise in Russia since 2010, when the first restaurant opened in Moscow. Currently Burger King operates about 200 restaurants in the country.

Canadians fret merger with burger will change Tim Hortons?

I doubt Canadians are fretting about the sale of Tim Hortons to Burger King – as long as they can still get a double-double before 6 a.m. hockey.

TimHortonBut leave it to state-sponsored jazz to get it wrong.

Tim Hortons used to be owned by Wendy’s, but in an $11 billion deal, will be bought by Burger King.

Tim Horton was a bruising (ice hockey) defenseman who won 4 Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1960s. Born in 1930 in Cochrance, Ontario, Horton spent his formative years playing in mining communities surrounding Sudbury, Ontario (that’s in Canada; my sister and her family live up there). He got noticed by the Leafs organization and moved to Toronto when he was 17-years-old. He died in a car accident in 1974 after a 24-year National hockey League career?. Horton had a reputation for enveloping players who were fighting him in a crushing bear hug (sorta like my uncle, who played small-town hockey in Northern Ontario). Boston Bruins winger Derek Sanderson once bit Horton during a fight; years later, Horton’s widow, Lori, still wondered why. “Well,” Sanderson replied, “I felt one rib go, and I felt another rib go, so I just had—to, well, get out of there!” ?

Burger King fires Ohio employee in lettuce photo posted online

The employee at an Ohio Burger King who posted a photo of him/herself standing in tubs of lettuce to anonymous Internet playground 4chan with the caption "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King," has been fired.

Burger King’s Manager of Global Communications, Denise Wilson, sent Fox 8 News the following statement:

“Burger King Corp. has recently been made aware of a photo posted on a social networking site that allegedly shows a Burger King® restaurant employee violating the company’s stringent food handling procedures. Food safety is a top priority at all Burger King® restaurants and the company maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any violations such as the one in question.

“The restaurant where this photo was allegedly taken is independently-owned and operated by a Burger King® franchisee. The franchisee has taken swift action to investigate this matter and terminated the employee involved in this incident.”

Would you like lettuce on your Burger King? Employee likely to be fired

Paula Forbes of Eater reports a Burger King employee in Ohio posted a photo of him/herself standing in tubs of lettuce to anonymous internet playground 4chan with the caption "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King," and totally got busted for it.

4chan quickly got on the case, with anonymous users locating the specific Burger King (thanks to the photo’s EXIF GPS data), and alerting its manager as well as the local media. The escapade was posted to Reddit with the caption, "Don’t f–k with people’s food."

4chan posters who contacted the restaurant’s manager said he called the stunt "sick and pathetic" and said there’d be "hell to pay." Whether or not that’s an exact quote, the incident did get all the way up to corporate. A spokesperson for Burger King tells Cleveland’s Fox News 8 that, "We are investigating the matter and will take appropriate action as necessary."

According to Cleveland Scene, a shift manager said both the person in the photo and the manager on duty will likely be fired. Someday parents will tell stories like this to little kids to scare them from posting things they shouldn’t on the Internet.

52 live roaches force temporary closure of Florida Burger King

After finding more than 30 live roaches in a beverage machine, a state inspector issued a temporary emergency closure order for a Jacksonville Burger King last week.

Gary Mills of the Florida Times quotes from the inspector’s report:

• 52 live roaches found at “several areas throughout establishment,” including 8 on a glue trap in a storage area, 2 underneath the hot bun holding unit at the sandwich make station, 9 behind the ice cream machine and 33 inside the ICEE beverage machine.

During the Friday, Dec. 9 re-inspection before the restaurant’s re-opening, no violations were noted in the inspector’s report.