Restaurant Manager Fired After Photo of Her Preparing Food Sweaty and Barefoot Goes Viral


Melinda Halvorsen, manager of a Taco John’s restaurant in Charles City, Iowa, is without a job today after an angry customer posted a revealing photo of her online.

“This is in Charles City Iowa Taco John’s!!” wrote Danielle Tiesmessen in the caption of the Facebook post containing this shocking photo. “This woman was preparing food with bare feet, no uniform, her bra and chest hanging out all over the place, she was pouring sweat, wiping it off with her hands and not washing them. I asked for the manager — she WAS the manager!! She was extremely rude because I was upset with her appearance and behavior.”

Reports claim that Halvorsen, 31, who has been employed with the restaurant for five years, had just mowed the grass outside of the building during her shift before she went back inside to make food for herself and her friends.

Franchise owner Linda Johnson became aware of the incident after Taco John’s Facebook page exploded with angry posts from displeased customers. The photo that Tiesmessen posted on Facebook had gone viral and started a frenzy of attention from media and people all over.

Halvorsen was fired after Johnson reviewed the surveillance video in the restaurant and determined that the manager was in the wrong. Halvorsen tried to file for unemployment but was denied because officials determined she hurt the restaurant’s business and violated health and safety codes.

Johnson says her restaurant has suffered as a result of the incident, claiming that business is down over 25 percent since the incident back in August.

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