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Burger King Fires 3 Employee in Lettuce Photo Posted Online

Photo Courtesy: MGN Online

Photo Courtesy: MGN Online

OHIO — A photo originally posted on the image-based internet forum 4chan.org has Burger King’s corporate offices terminating the employment of three individuals.

Fox 8 News inquired with Burger King about an image posted on 4chan that shows a worker standing, while wearing his or her shoes, in food storage containers of shredded lettuce.

The anonymous user posted a comment associated with the photo on the internet bulletin board. The comment read; “This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King.”

According to a HyperVocal.com report, 4chan user became disgusted by the photo and began using the image’s geo-tagging to find out where the employee was tainting the food.

4chan users tagged the photo back to Ohio.

Burger King’s Director of Global Communications, Bryson W. Thornton, sent Fox 8 News the following statement Thursday morning;

“Burger King Corp. is aware of a photo that shows a BURGER KING® restaurant employee violating the company’s stringent food handling procedures. Food safety is a top priority at all BURGER KING® restaurants and the company maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any violations such as the one in question.

The restaurant where this photo was taken is independently-owned and operated by a BURGER KING® franchisee. The franchisee has taken swift action to investigate this matter and has terminated the three employees involved in the incident.”

Comment left by 4chan users under the photo indicated that the anonymous employee would not remain so for long.

One of the comments read; “Also giving the local news stations a quick email, we’ll see where this goes.”

One of the emails listed in the tread below the post was our own, tips@fox8.com.

Wilson would not confirm if the image was posted by an employee in northeast Ohio.