Qdoba fires 2 Alaska employees after Snapchat video
Two employees at the Qdoba in Wasilla have been fired after posting a video on Snapchat.
The video shows an employee drinking from a beverage container in the kitchen then spitting back into it.
A manager who answered the phone confirmed that employee and the one who took the video were fired. He called it an isolated incident and said the workers had only been on the job for about four months.
The manager declined to say if legal action was being taken. A spokesperson for Qdoba sent an emailed statement from the company Friday afternoon:
"When the local QDOBA franchise group became aware of this incident, they took immediate action and terminated both employees. This type of behavior is unacceptable and as a QDOBA brand we maintain strict food safety standards.”
KTVA is not identifying the employees because they have not been charged with a crime.
In a Thursday letter sent to a KTVA reporter, the person seen in the video apologized for the acts it depicted.
I would like to make a formal and public apology for my actions on the evening on January 14th, 2019.
This isolated incident occurred around 10:30 p.m., well after the store was closed for the evening. Because it was after hours the tea in the pitcher was being thrown away, dumped down the drain. I accepted a childish dare from another co-worker to consume the remaining tea in the pitcher. In doing so I choked and that is what you see in the video that is all over social media. The tea in the pitcher was immediately thrown out after the incident and the pitcher was scrubbed with soap and was soaked in sanitizer.
I know what I did was wrong, and I am fully aware of the severity of my actions. I never meant to hurt anyone, I never did this maliciously or out of spite. I did an immature thing that will now haunt me for the rest of my life. I have received threats via Facebook, and I have received phone calls [threatening] my life, threatening bodily harm against me. I am embarrassed and ashamed for my actions. I am sorry for the embarrassment I have caused Qdoba, and hope that no one judges their opinion of the store based on my one-time stupid lapse in judgment.
Again, I am truly sorry for what occurred, and again no one was served any of the tea in the container and the container was washed thoroughly.
When reached by phone, one of the employees said it was "in his best interest" not to discuss the video.
When asked if he regretted his actions he replied simply, "Yes ma'am."
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