A Sandusky, Ohio Taco Bell has one less employee today, much to the relief of at least 6,000 Facebook users who had seen the disgusting photograph above as of Wednesday night.
Customer Austin Velliquette snapped the photo and posted it on Facebook on Monday night with the caption: ‘Sandusky Taco bell for ya. I think I’ll go somewhere else, thanks.’
Taco Bell has since confirmed that the photo was taken in their Sandusky location, but assured customers that the now-former employee wasnâ€™t handling food at the time â€“ even though heâ€™s standing in the kitchen.
â€œThis is completely unacceptable. Our franchisee took immediate action and has terminated the employee and re-trained the entire staff,â€ the company said in a statement.
â€œWe want customers to know that the person in the photo was never in contact with the food and that the Health Department inspected the restaurant and approved its operations,â€ it continued.
Erie County Health Commissioner Pete Schade told a local paper that the health department had received a complaint on Monday and that they did pay the fast food establishment a visit.
He actually confirmed Taco Bellâ€™s claims, however: â€œHe was not in food prep,â€ Schade said.
It turns out he was working maintenance.