By Rachel Dove
KERMIT - After a surveillance video was released Tuesday that clearly showed a district manager urinating in a utility kitchen sink at the East Kermit Pizza Hut that is utilized for washing pans and utensils used to prepare food, Brett Vance, sanitarian for the Mingo County Health Department, ordered the business closed until further notice.
Vance spoke with the Daily News on Wednesday, explaining that no date has been set for the reopening, saying that cooperate officials with the Pizza Hut franchise were on hand to personally oversee the sanitation process that would be required before the doors to the business would once again be opened.
“We take situations such as this very serious,” said Vance. “Anytime the health and safety of the public is at stake, steps will be taken to protect them, whatever the cost.”
A video was featured on the WOWK-TV 6 o’clock news Tuesday that showed the manager urinating in the sink. The act was described by potential customers who arrived planning to eat at the establishment on Tuesday as “disgusting, sickening and horrible.”
The employee was immediately fired after the incident was reported to his supervisors, who also took steps to bar him from entering any of their restaurants. Raze Inc. owns and operates several Pizza Huts within a three-county region, but Vance assures the public the fired manager was not affiliated with any other eatery in Mingo County.
“We will reinspect after the sanitation process is completed,” Vance said. “I want to reassure the public that I will be overseeing this matter and will not allow the business to reopen until I deem it satisfactory.”
“The video speaks for itself. There’s no way for the manager to deny what occurred. My concern now is to make sure the restaurant is up to par and meets our health and safety guidelines so they can once again serve the residents of the local area.”
The name of the employee has not been released to the media.