A Chili’s worker and aspiring rapper located in Florida lost his job at the popular restaurant after he decided to post shirtless pictures of himself posing on a food preparation table.
The man in the photos, who goes by Justin J Speekz, labeled the series of photos “Sexy Cooks of Chili’s” and posted the images on his Facebook page publicly, even tagging Chili’s in his post. Two of the photos in the group show the cook lying shirtless on a food prep table, and while these photos were mostly likely posted as a joke, someone online saw them and passed them along to the restaurant.
“That is a little disturbing,” said Cindy Colon, a local resident, to WFTS Tampa Bay. “In some things I think ignorance is bliss. If you know what is going on, I don't think you would ever eat out to be honest with you.”
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Once the restaurant saw the photos, the cook and aspiring rapper was fired.
“Chili's clearly does not encourage this type of behavior in our restaurants,” said a Chili’s Bar and Grill spokesperson in a statement. “We maintain very high standards of food quality, safety and cleanliness and took immediate steps to ensure the restaurant continues to follow these requirements. Additionally, we ended this team member's employment after learning of his conduct.”
The restaurant says that even after the pictures were discovered and the controversy surrounding them brewed, they still managed to pass a surprise inspection, and The Department of Business and Professional Regulation in Florida said that there were no official violations in the photos because food isn’t being prepared in them.