Working in fast food is a pretty difficult and stressful job.
While the huge responsibility of handing out people isn't quite recognised in the service industry, the people behind the food counters at any fast food joint often have to deal with difficult employees for long periods of time, and it doesn't surprise me one bit that they need a rest once in a while.
That's right, food employees; go to the bathroom regularly, chat to a coworker. Take a smoke break if you need a cigarette. I'm sure you're all working really hard; make sure you don't burn out. Yeah, that's it. Rest for a little bit. Put your feet up.
Wait - don't... put your feet up... there. That's where the food is.
We can all appreciate a worker at your regular Subway restaurant taking a well-earned break, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd really appreciate it if they put their feet up... pretty much anywhere apart from where the food is. Is... that's not too much to ask, right?
If you happened to walk by a Subway in Ann Arbor, Michigan, earlier this month, then I'd wager you know exactly what I'm talking about. Horrified sandwich lover Tara Williams posted this pretty gross image to Facebook to a host of comments and around 12,000 shares, captioned with the understatement of the year so far: "I'm sure the health dept would have an issue with this."
Your eyes are not deceiving you, folks: this Subway employee is totally barefoot mere inches from where your delicious sandwiches are prepared, putting her feet up as she appears to answer a phone call. Really whets the appetite, doesn't it?
Speaking to Michigan Live after the fact, Williams said she didn't say anything at the time, but wanted to share it online to bring attention to the issue.
"Every other week there is some kind of recall on foods, so we have to be better people. If you're going to have a business, you have to abide by the laws, rules and regulations. Everyone has their long days, but you have to abide by the rules. You can’t take your shoes off and put your feet up."
Unsurprisingly, the picture went pretty viral, and once it did, it wasn't long before the health department in question here caught wind of the Subway employee's disgusting feat (sorry). They were quick to address the issue, visiting the location, speaking with the employee in question and advising the branch on how to maybe avoid this in the future.
For what it's worth, the employee here apologised for her actions, explaining that she was just tired, while Subway themselves say they're working with the branch to address the issue.
“The behavior in this photo is inconsistent with the high standards Subway Franchise Owners follow," said Subway Business Development Agent Kip Klopfenstein in a statement.
"Their top priorities include food safety and cleanliness, and this is unacceptable."