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Web exposes Burger King employee standing on lettuce

A Burger King employee thinks it's funny to stand in two containers of the company's lettuce and then post the picture online. He or she hadn't counted on 4Chan's ingenuity.

Look at that lovely lettuce. That's how it should be.
Burger Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

When it comes to humor, you can't always have it your own way.

Well, you can, as long as you don't post it online.

My evidence for this thesis comes from a Burger King employee who thought it would be amusing to stand in two large plastic tubs of lettuce and have a photo taken.

Was he or she wearing shoes? But of course. Was this funny? But of course the lettuce-stomper must have thought it was. That is, until Anonymous members of 4Chan thought it would be just -- and, perhaps, funny too -- to find this individual and expose their unhygienic tendencies.

You see, it seems that this photo was posted right there on a 4Chan forum.

I am grateful to, which reports that the lettuce-trampling man's photo includes just enough GPS data for him to be located in Mayfield Heights, Cleveland.

Imgur automatically wipes such data, but not everyone offers the same level of security. So the lettuce lout was reportedly located within 15 minutes. (Cleveland Scene reports that this seems to have been, surprise, a male.)

This seems to have proved a little inconvenient for the lettuce-trampler, as Fox 8 in Cleveland reports that he or she has now been fired.

Indeed, Burger King offered Fox 8 this statement:

Burger King Corp. has recently been made aware of a photo posted on a social networking site that allegedly shows a BURGER KING restaurant employee violating the company's stringent food handling procedures. Food safety is a top priority at all BURGER KING restaurants and the company maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any violations such as the one in question.

It doesn't seem there was any food handling going on here, merely food footing.

The Burger King statement continued:

The restaurant where this photo was allegedly taken is independently-owned and operated by a BURGER KING franchisee. The franchisee has taken swift action to investigate this matter and terminated the employee involved in this incident.

Oddly, Yahoo News offered a further statement from a different Burger King representative who said that three employees had been fired.

Could it be that one cabbage-head stomped the lettuce, one cabbage-head took the picture, and one cabbage-head posted it?

Perhaps we will never know. I wonder, though, if sales of Burger King lettuce in Cleveland might get stomped for a while.