An employee of Burger King Japan was given a “strict reprimand” by the fast-food chain after a photo of him lying on burger buns went viral. The photo was tweeted out by the now deleted account @inotayuta with the caption, “How many Whopper Juniors do you think I’ve made?”
The photo showed the part-time employee lying on several bags of wrapped burger buns, beside a disgusting-looking pail of unknown substances. There was another photo in the twitter account that showed the same employee sitting on a restaurant bin. It’s still unknown if the account was his or it was of a friend or co-employee and since it was deleted, the photos were as well. But of course in the Internet where things live forever, the photo is still making the rounds on Twitter. While reports in some international media outlets said that the employee was fired, Burger King issued a statement saying that he was issued a “severe reprimand”. The company also apologized for the picture and assured the public that the buns in question were disposed of already, and were not in any way served to customers.
Just a few weeks ago in July, Lawson headquarters had to terminate one of their franchises in Kamobe, Kochi Prefecture when photos of the owner’s son inside the convenience store’s freezer went viral as well. The photos showed him posing in different positions inside the freezer that contained several products. “As [a company] that handles food products, it is unacceptable and we are reflecting on the incident,” stated a Lawson official.
[ via SFGate ]