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Claim: An employee at a well-known hamburger chain in Sweden was discovered washing toilet seats in the restaurant's dishwasher.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Origins: News about this unusual sanitation procedure was provided by Reuters on
According to Reuters, "[A] senior representative of the restaurant chain said the incident was a mistake and not standard company procedure." That could somewhat explain Reuter's seeming reluctance to name the "international hamburger chain outlet" in Arvika, Sweden, where toilets seats were being scrubbed in the dishwasher — it might have viewed the incident as a one-time "boneheaded employee" screwup and wished to spare the unnamed chain undue embarrassment.
Two Swedish publications have stated that the restaurant was a McDonald's, but both publications drew their information from TT, the Swedish news agency, which in turn got it from Nya Wermlands-Tidningen. (There is indeed a McDonald's in Arvika.) Because everything flows from a single source (Nya Wermlands-Tidningen), this tale should still be considered unverified.
Reuters reports Arvika's environmental and health inspector later visited the restaurant.
Barbara "we're tempted to ask if he gave it two bums up" Mikkelson
Last updated: 28 January 2007
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