Hawaii burger joint forced to close as disgusting video of rat cooking on grill goes viral
A restaurant out in Hawaii has been forced to close after a video of a rat being cooked on their grill went viral over the last week. Out in Mapunapuna, Hawaii, a branch of the Teddy's Biggest Burger franchise had to shutter its windows for the next few days for cleaning as the horrifying footage spread like wildfire on Snapchat, with the offending employee no longer working at the restaurant.
Richard Stula, president of Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, confirmed they were looking into whether the viral footage was indeed legitimate, and said that in addition to the people involved being let go, the restaurant is closing its doors for a few days so that thorough cleaning and a "complete sanitization" can be carried out.
"We are horrified that a former teenage employee would conduct themselves in that way and make such a video of which we are investigating its authenticity... We will then send a corporate team in to inspect and complete a thorough audit of the location before it is allowed to re-open."
In the viral video, the employee sin question can be heard laughing as the teen moves what looks to be a dead rat around the hot plate where food served to customers is ostensibly prepared, with the Snapchat caption "I think it's time to quit teddys [sic]" hinting at the employee's dissatisfaction with their job at the restaurant.
The footage has made the rounds online, with people commenting "Hope this video was worth the lawsuits coming" and another saying: "Disgusting all around. There is no need to be cruel to an animal and trash your workplace." The employee, as well as the second employee who was also shown in the viral video, are no longer working at this particular Teddy's Bigger Burgers.
The video appears to have been created by a teenage employee at the restaurant, though at this moment in time, it's unclear what the motive was for this bizarre and horrifying act, nor whether or not the grill was used afterward and food served to customers.
The Hawaii state department of health was called down to inspect the restaurant over the Thanksgiving weekend, and the company have also enlisted the help of a pest control operator to examine the restaurant for signs of further rodents, Peter Oshiro, Hawaii's environmental health program manager, explained in a statement.
"DOH appreciates the remedial and proactive efforts undertaken by the restaurant owner to protect public health, he explained.
Back in June, Teddy's Bigger Burgers received passing green placard following its last state inspection, and Stula revealed that the company were considering legal action against the two employees involved in making the viral video. "We are horrified a former employee would create something like this trying to destroy our reputation without regard for our 20-plus years of quality and aloha," Stula said.