A Little Caesars Pizza restaurant in Indiana was temporarily closed after customers found mouse feces in their food.
Johnathan McNeil said he and his girlfriend noticed the droppings after picking up the pizza at a Little Caesars in Indianapolis on their way home on Feb. 6, reports Fox 59.
"She looked at the pizza and realized there was like doo-doo looking stuff on the pizza," said McNeil.
Disgusted, the two rushed back to the restaurant.
"All of them were looking at my pizza dumbfounded as if they didn’t know what’s going on," recalls McNeil, "I said 'That's mouse doo-doo on the bottom of my pizza.'"
Later, McNeil called in health inspectors and posted about the incident on social media.
"I called the police and three officers came to the scene and found the mice poop covering the entire pizza," McNeil wrote on Facebook. "This is extremely disgusting and unsafe to health. I seen a woman with children walking out with pizza before me. Lets expose them & get them shutdown."
Upon inspection, authorities confirmed McNeil's suspicions.
"We did find that there were rodent droppings and violations that warranted us doing a license suspension," said Janelle Kaufman with the Marion County Health Department.
It turns out the restaurant had been battling mice for at least six months, and had been cited 4 times.
Kaufman says the restaurant fully cooperated with authorities. By the next day, it was open again.
"They cooperated with us, they worked with us ... they cleaned everything they needed to do," said Kaufman.
Nevertheless, McNeil urges the public to always be careful.
"I just want people to check their food and be very cautious about what they're eating," said McNeil.
Kaufman agrees and encourages customers to call health inspectors if they think it's necessary.
"When they call and let us know what they see, it's so helpful to us," said Kaufman. "Any restaurant can benefit from another inspection."
This is not the first time food from Little Caesars Pizza has captured national attention for posing health hazards.
In October 2017, Detroit health officials reported two cases of hepatitis A at a Little Caesars Pizza store and Firewater Bar and Grill, MLive reports.
"Those who patronized Firewater Bar and Grill from October 15 through October 24, or consumed food from Little Caesars Pizza at 12712 Fenkell in Detroit from Oct. 15 through Oct. 26 should consult their primary care provider to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine as early as possible, and before November 7, 2017," Detroit health officials said.