Footage of a Thornton, Colorado, Wingstop worker putting her face in a bucket of raw chicken in a bizarre prank has been leaked on Facebook (video below).
The clip shows a group of employees dressed in black, with one of them holding a bucket of raw chicken. Suddenly, another female worker dunks her head in the chicken as everyone in the room squeals in delight.
What’s worse, the Wingstop employee holding the bucket of chicken was consistently handling the raw poultry with her bare hands.
The Facebook post has since been deleted, but the video resurfaced on YouTube.
“I was disgusted,” Lizzie Pressel said. “That’s your work. I mean it comes down to work ethic. It’s your job, you need to have respect. We always go that (location) because they cook the wings perfectly, but now where are we going to get good wings from?”
Though the Wingstop location has not had any major health code violations in the past, the behavior is nonetheless troubling.
The Tri-County Health Department was oblivious to the clip, but after seeing it, the director of health said they would be making a visit to the store to investigate and educate.
When the fast food branch was questioned about the incident, the franchise owner, Aaron Zipp, told KDVR in a statement:
As the owner of this Wingstop location, I am taking this issue very seriously. The health and safety of our customers is of the utmost importance to myself and to the Wingstop brand and the actions displayed in this video are not acceptable. We have an established and positive 13-year track record with the Tri-County Health Department and have a zero-tolerance policy for the mishandling of our food. We have confirmed that the food in the video was not served to customers and was immediately thrown away after the video was taken. This was obviously a poor judgement call made by the employee and we are taking immediate steps to resolve the situation.