Fast food chains are not known for the highest quality food or employees. Patrons know there’s a slight risk of a hormonal teenager spitting in their onion rings. We’ve all heard horror stories of food poisoning, or worse, known of fast food employees who admit to such unsanitary behavior. We hope, however, that management can ensure that the food we pay for is hygienic and edible when it reaches our mouth. Health and safety codes are in place for a reason. E. Coli and other bacteria can cause serious illness and even death. When a viral photo made its way across the Internet earlier this month, of a Burger King employee standing in lettuce bins, people were less than amused and made sure that the employees were held accountable.
The half-witted employees posted the incriminating photo on the infamous 4Chan.com, a site known for disturbing content, with a caption that read, “This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King.” Apparently the employees either thought the forum would find the image amusing, or they were simply unaware that GPS location data is embedded and easily accessible on most photos posted online. This author’s guess would be the latter, considering the antagonistic tone of the posters caption. The GPS location data was quickly accessed by the tech-savvy readers at 4Chan.com, and traced the genius employees to a Burger King branch in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
The readers at 4Chan.com rallied enough people to call and complain to the branch manager to get three employees fired from the chain. Burger King Corp. reported that it is “taking the issue very seriously” and stressed that there is zero tolerance for employees that violate the strict health codes for handling food. “The franchise has taken swift action to investigate this matter and has terminated the three employees involved in the incident,” a representative from Burger King Corp. said in a statement released to the Daily News. It seems that more and more often, GPS location data is used to hold criminals, and other unsavory characters, accountable for their actions.