A restaurant in Hawaii has been shut down after a Snapchat video of its employees cooking a rodent on the grill leaked online.
Thanks to the internet and social media, we currently live in a time where we can thoroughly research anything, anywhere or anyone at the touch of a button. Not sure about seeing a movie, check out what people are saying about it online. About to go on a date with someone, take a look at their Facebook. We hear that some people do that.
The restaurant industry might be the one that has been affected the most by patrons being able to go online and influence others. Get a few bad reviews from the right, or wrong, people and it could spell the end for your business. Since everything you need to know about an establishment is online, why would you chance going somewhere completely new and having a bad experience when you can research it online beforehand?
That's why a recent scandal revolving around Hawaiian restaurant Teddy's Bigger Burger will have been rightfully viewed as a PR nightmare. Two of the chain's employees at its Mapunapuna location recorded themselves grilling what appears to be either a rat or a mouse on the grill. Yes, you read that right, and if you have a strong stomach you can check out the footage for yourselves below.
Braaaaah. Gnarly. Employees at Teddy’s Bigger Burger cooking a rat at the 99 ranch location. Ummmmm. 😂 so gnarPosted by My Kailua on Thursday, November 22, 2018
If the clip had simply been of the animal on the grill, there would have been no way of anyone being able to prove where it happened. However, the bright young man holding the phone flipped it around to show his and the griller's faces, at which time the latter said "welcome to Teddy's." Both employees have been fired and the president of Teddy's told the Associated Press that they are currently investigating the video to determine its authenticity.
The branch in question has obviously been temporarily closed and the equipment in the kitchen is being replaced. Teddy's has also been in touch with an attorney regarding the possibility of legal action against the two teenagers involved. It would certainly make sense as the video may very well have done irreparable damage to the chain's reputation. We certainly wouldn't eat at that particular restaurant if we happened to pass by.