Food News: Lets Go To The Videotape

Every time we eat out, we are at the mercy of those who prepare our food.  If the chef is having a bad day, you might just find a little something extra in your soup de jour.  Give the waiter or waitress a hard time and your meal might come with a “special sauce” not on the menu.  We assume or hope that the people who make our food would never taint it with any bodily excretions, but looking at the video of 2 Domino’s Pizza employees in North Carolina that is not the case.  Watch at your own risk.

Im not sure how I should feel about this video.  Should I be happy to be made aware that people are probably tampering with my food, or would I rather keep that naivety and keep thinking that nobody could be dirty or mean enough to blow a snot rocket on my sandwich?  Maybe all establishments that serve food should have to follow Bear’s lead and put all food preparation on camera.  Since this incident, the 2 employees on the video have been dismissed and charges will be or have already been made.  Domino’s USA President Patrick Doyle has made a response to the incident, yet is too embarrassed to look the camera in the eye.  He says “we’re re-examining all our hiring practices to make sure that people like this don’t make it into our stores”.  Really?  I think that’s just something he has to say because I sincerely doubt you can avoid something like this by re-examining hiring practices.  

8 comments on “Food News: Lets Go To The Videotape

  1. Watch Gary Vaynerchuk’s response to this video, it’s really good:

    http://garyvaynerchuk.com/post/97241964/dominos-pizza-and-why-there-are-bigger-losers

    I sent him a message at (garyv@winelibrary.com) telling him that I’d been doing that for a bit now!!!
    http://www.pizzapartyonline.com/pizzacam.html

    I even made an iPhone app to do the same!!!
    http://www.pizzapartyonline.com/pizzacam.html#iphone

    ABC 7 News did a small piece on it the other day:
    http://pizzapartyonline.com/blog/2009/03/pizza-party-on-abc-7-news/

  2. Raiders757 says:

    I disagree with Gary when he felt that a federal offense is too extreme. Personally, I am willing to bet that the punishment those two get, isn’t going to be enough. Tainting people’s food is inexcusable, and could possibly do someone harm. There should be mandatory jail time for such actions, as well as hefty fines, and long hours of community service. An example needs to be made with these two, so that others who think it’s funny to do such acts, will think twice before they do them,

  3. orb205 says:

    Wow that almost made me throw up. I’m not sure what a Domino’s job application is like but I’ve heard that the one for McDonalds is about half a page long (I think just long enough for basic name address info). How often do you think someone not only has references but has them checked when applying to a fast food or generic kitchen job? I don’t understand why people think it’s ok to do things like this (among many many other things). The lack of common sense and basic moral fibers is very upsetting.

  4. Adam Bomb says:

    The first video has been taken down. Can anybody give me a “play by play”? I’m really curious about what went on the video!!!

    • Ryan says:

      @ Adam Bomb…A female Domino’s employee is the play by play, camera person…filming a fellow employee preparing food…putting things found within one’s nose onto the food…hilarity ensues…not at all.

  5. Adam Bomb says:

    Eeeewwwww….gross. Thanks for the explanation, though. I worked in a restaurant when I was 15, and we used to goof around quite a bit. But seriously, never once did it even cross my mind to put anything gross into the food. Not once! I can’t even imagine what would make a person think it was acceptable to do that.

  6. Adam Bomb says:

    Sorry for the double-post, but I just saw the video. Apparently someone found a new link for it. How could they behave so lightheartedly about that? Disgusting….

  7. orb205 says:

    So I heard from a few places that the video was a fake and they just made it to be funny. I guess it goes to show, as the Consumerist said how easily a couple of idiots can do something like this and completely un-do a company’s reputation that has been built up over 50+ years. Sad. And still really gross.

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