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UPDATE: Restaurant Permanently Closed after Sink Urination Incident

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/26/14 @ 9:45 a.m.
KERMIT, W.Va. (AP) - A southern West Virginia restaurant where a district manager was caught on surveillance video urinating into a sink is closing permanently.

The video dated Jan. 29 shows the manager at the Kermit restaurant urinating in a metal sink in a food preparation area. The incident occurred after business hours. The employee was fired.

Pizza Hut Corp. spokesman Doug Terfehr said Wednesday the decision to permanently close the restaurant was made Feb. 19, the day after the video surfaced.

The restaurant was owned by Wichita, Kan.-based Rage Inc. The company's website says it owns Pizza Huts in seven states, including other West Virginia locations in Ceredo, Chapmanville, Danville and two in Logan.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/19/14
KERMIT, W.Va. (AP) - Health officials have temporarily shut down a Mingo County pizza restaurant after a district manager was caught on surveillance video urinating into a sink.

The Associated Press reports the Mingo County Health Department cited a substantial public health hazard in closing the Pizza Hut in Kermit.

Pizza Hut Corp. released a statement saying it was "embarrassed" by the manager's actions. The company says it has "zero tolerance" for violations of its operating standards.

The video shows the manager urinating in a kitchen sink behind a cash register.

Pizza Hut says the incident occurred after business hours. The franchise owner fired the employee, whose name wasn't released.

Kermit Sanitarian Brett Vance says the restaurant is closed until it's thoroughly cleaned and there are reassurances of safeguards in place.


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