Local fast-food chain shows employee acting 'inappropriate'

Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 6:19 PM MDT
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An alarming video shows concerning acts at a local fast-food restaurant. The video was captured at the Cañon City Burger King.

The restaurant is located near Highway 50 and North Raynolds Avenue. 11 News received the video last week after it was posted to Facebook Oct. 26.

"Definitely inappropriate and definitely some training needs to happen with the staff to make sure that things like that don't happen again, said Fremont County Environmental Health Officer Sid Darden.

In the video, he's an employee wearing a tank top instead of a regular uniform.

The video shows him coughing without gloves. Then, it captures him reaching into someone's order and eating a french fry before it's taken to the customer. He then continues coughing directly into his hands.

11 News reached out to Burger King's corporate office last Friday. They said they would release a statement but never did. Today, 11 News reporter Khloe Keeler called back and was told "no comment."

11 News also went to the restaurant to see if they would talk, but they just referenced back to corporate.

The Fremont County Department of Public Health & Environment says after they saw the video, they wrote up a routine complaint. They, they went back to the restaurant for an inspection. They say everything was operating up to code and there were no violations found.

"I think obviously with something like this and the exposure, they are very aware of the fact that people are probably watching what's going on and hopefully that will kind of be another incentive to basically keep things right and do things the way they are supposed to do," Darden said.

Darden also noted in his nearly 31 years serving as a health inspector, no major violations have been found at the Burger King.

The health department says as far as they know, the employee is still working there.

"Employees need to watch other employees," Darden said. "The staff, the supervisors, they need to watch what's going on and they basically need to, we have a term for it, it's called 'active managerial control,' where the people that are managing the restaurant are actually watching what people are doing, providing training, pointing out things that aren't right."

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