Florida sandwich chain Jimmy John’s reportedly fired at least two of its employees after a video showing them skipping rope with bread dough went viral.
The disturbing clip, first posted on Snapchat, showed two employees playing with dough — taking the phrase “playing with food” too far.
The bread dough can be seen hitting the floor repeatedly.
Soon after, franchise owners James and Rebecca Williams learned about this horrible occurrence in their kitchen and fired the employees for using food products as a play tool.
“Our investigation confirmed the dough used in the video was immediately discarded after the incident, however we do not condone this behavior from our employees and appropriate action has been taken to prevent this from ever happening again,” said the humiliated owners.
“We have been serving the community at this site for more than four years and will continue to provide only the highest quality and freshest product to our customers,” they added.
The video showing these workers violating all health codes raised concerned. It also reached the food inception authorities who then launched an active investigation into the matter.
An inspector with the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants recently visited Jimmy John’s for an impromptu inspection. The restaurant was cited for 17 violations, including one where a food cooler was 12 degrees warmer than the specified 41-degree temperature.
This is not for the first time a well-known franchise has sparked controversy for violating the hygiene standards. Franchises like Jimmy John’s that are generally preferred by fast food lovers must raise the bar when it comes to maintaining the standard of hygiene to retain loyal customers.
Playing with the health of people by compromising on health safety standards is just not on.
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