Subway sandwich artist caught with bare feet on food counter

It’s Aussie to go barefootin.

Sure, the kid got a sliver the other day, but I use the moments when her barefeet are on the counter to talk about microbiology.

A photo of a Subway employee resting her bare feet on a food-prep counter is concerning a health department and the restaurant chain.

Tara Renee took a photo of the worker at a restaurant in Michigan, talking on the phone while her uncovered feet were propped up on a counter where ingredients are stored.

“This is at the Subway on State St. near the U of M! Quite disgusting! I’m sure the health dept would have an issue with this. Bon appetit,” Renee wrote Friday on Facebook. 

Sources told WXYZ local news the employee was the owner’s wife, although Yahoo Lifestyle could not confirm that.

“She’s denied ever doing this just three days ago, and there’s still been no admission of responsibility or personal apology to customers,” according to WXYZ. 

Kip Klopfenstein, business development agent at Subway, tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “The behaviour in this photo is inconsistent with the high standards Subway requires of its restaurants. Food safety and restaurant cleanliness are top priorities. We are investigating and will take appropriate action.”

On Monday, Renee sent the photo to the Washtenaw County Health Department, the agency that oversees customer complaints and performs restaurant inspections in this Subway’s jurisdiction.

The image is a strong visual representation of a valid food safety concern, says environmental health director Kristen Schweighoefer. 

“We explained to Subway why bare feet on a countertop was unhygienic,” Schweighoefer tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “My understanding is that the employee was tired and this was a lapse in judgment.” 

Burger King outs baby for ‘no shoes’ rule

No shirt, no shoes, no service, baby!

According to KSHB-TV, the manager of a Burger King near St. Louis, Missouri, told Jennifer Frederich she would have to get her food to go because her daughter, Kaylin, wasn’t wearing any shoes. 

"She doesn’t own shoes. She’s only six months old,” said Frederich after the manager explained that feet without shoes were against the health code, and, no, socks would not suffice. 

“She doesn’t walk, so she’s not touching the ground," Frederich continued, "There is no reason for her to have shoes on.”

While the manager’s apparent commitment to the health code was admirable, the misplaced emphasis suggests it was not a product of a culture of food safety.

"In fact," the Associated Press later reported, "shoelessness is not a health code violation in St. Louis County."

A statement by Burger King, cited by the AP, says the owner of that particular franchise "apologizes for this guest’s experience…The franchisee is retraining his restaurant team on the proper use of the ‘no shoes’ policy."

The franchise owner also contacted Frederich to apologize in person.