Friday, January 18, 2008

Dairy Queen workers' hijinks on web shock owner: The mooning video

Location: Newfoundland and Labrador, St John's
Industry: Restaurant

Source: CBC News

Check out the video here:

The owner of a St. John's Dairy Queen franchise reacted with disgust when informed of an internet video that showed his employees goofing off on the premises — in one case mooning through the drive-thru window.

A worker at a St. John's Dairy Queen dropped his pants at a drive-thru window, in a phone video posted to a Facebook group. (CBC News)

A camera phone video posted in December to a Facebook group involving employees of the Topsail Road Dairy Queen shows some of them cavorting in the empty restaurant.

In one scene, an employee drops his pants and bares his bottom outside the takeout window. Then, he does the same before the camera.

"Oh man, you gotta wipe that now," a co-worker advises him, apparently in vain. The employee continues about his work, without — at least immediately — washing his hands.

The video also shows a snowball fight behind the counter, where food orders are prepared and served. Christmas decorations are visible in the video.

Messages posted by former and current employees also made comments about the questionable handling of food at the restaurant.

Franchise owner Albert Buott reacted angrily to the video when informed of it by CBC News.

"Good God almighty," he said. "Where's my managers? Who's allowing this to happen?"

He described the employee hanging a moon outside a drive-thru window as "disgusting," and said he would investigate.

Shortly afterward on Thursday, the video was removed from the Facebook group.

A provincial food inspection official said dropping one's pants behind a restaurant counter is a health-code violation.

Inspectors, as well, will be contacting management at the Dairy Queen restaurant.

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