Burger King worker cleared of spitting in food, but store owners fire him

Food tampering is a 10-year felony. Police said the man, 21, had posted a message that he and other employees at the restaurant, 1540 E. 12 Mile Road, had spit in customers' food for "giggles."… "The suspect admitted to making a mistake by posting something stupid on his Facebook page which he thought his friends would find funny," Anderson said.

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April 1, 2010

Burger King worker cleared of spitting in food, but store owners fire him
Michael P. McConnell, Daily Tribune Staff Writer

MADISON HEIGHTS — A Madison Heights man who joked on his Facebook page that he and others Burger King employees spit in food has been cleared by police but fired from his job.

Burger King released a statement Wednesday about the incident.

"The franchise group, TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants and the Madison Heights Police Department have completed their thorough investigation and based on their findings there is no evidence to support the claim of food tampering," said Miguel Piedra, director of communications for Burger King, adding that the franchise group fired the man.

The man was suspended from his job after police were called to investigate the incident at the restaurant based on an anonymous tip March 24.

Food tampering is a 10-year felony.

Police said the man, 21, had posted a message that he and other employees at the restaurant, 1540 E. 12 Mile Road, had spit in customers' food for "giggles."

The man also posted a message that he had MRSA, a virulent form of staph infection, police said.

Madison Heights police Wednesday said they interviewed workers at the restaurant and reviewed months of videotape and found no evidence of food tampering.

The Oakland Health Division also was called in and conducted an inspection at the restaurant which turned up no problems, police said.

The man cooperated with police in their investigation, said Madison Heights police Lt. Robert Anderson.

"The suspect admitted to making a mistake by posting something stupid on his Facebook page which he thought his friends would find funny," Anderson said.

Contact Michael P. McConnell at moc.enubirtyliad|llennoccm.ekim#moc.enubirtyliad|llennoccm.ekim or at (586) 783-0269.

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1. Pat wrote on Apr 2, 2010 9:57 PM:
" Having eaten from that particular burger king, I am relieved that no evidence was found of food tampering. That being said, I may not be heading to that particular food chain for quite some time, it's too much of a risk. "

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