KFC: Employee fired for photo of potato licking
Feb 18, 2013 at 4:28 PM
Potato lickin’ good?
If you were perusing social media this weekend, you may have seen the image of an employee at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on North Roan Street holding a plate of mashed potatoes close to her face, as if she was going to lick them.
A company spokesman on Monday said customers did not receive those potatoes.
This photo got serious traction on social media by Friday, prompting many, many comments from people condemning and defending the woman in the picture.
The implication was that these potatoes were served to customers.
The Johnson City Press went to the KFC in question to ask for a comment and was referred to a corporate marketing office.
KFC spokesman Rick Maynard responded to a call from the Press via email and said this food was not served.
“Nothing is more important to KFC than food safety,” Maynard wrote in his email. “As soon as our franchisee became aware of the issue, immediate action was taken. The franchisee’s investigation confirmed the photos were taken after the restaurant was closed and none of the food was served. The employee involved was immediately terminated.”
Maynard went on to say that KFC Corporation sent operations and quality assurance teams to the North Roan Street restaurant to “reinforce and retrain on KFC’s high operating standards.”