A Burger King manager was fired recently in response to public outcry after he viciously beat a child for eating leftover fries left behind by customers on the tables.
According to Today’s Zaman, the 10-year-old child entered the restaurant around 10 p.m. on Wednesday and began eating potatoes off of the empty tables. He was warned by the manager, Omar E., to leave. Omar E. then grabbed the child and began to slap him repeatedly on the face, pushing him out into the street. As the child’s face began bleeding, the crowd around them started to grow upset with the manager.
Onlookers took photos of the incident, posting them to social media where they caused a firestorm of outrage and public outcry. The restaurant, located in the Sirinevler district of Istanbul, began drawing large amounts of ire from the internet community at large, with many calling for a boycott of the chain.
As a result of this, the Burger King headquarters in Turkey issued a statement apologizing for the violent incident and saying that Omar E. had been fired. According to Today’s Zaman, the statement said that “the company and the main brand considers the incident unacceptable.”
“As TAB Food, we announce with great sadness that an unfortunate incident occurred at one of our restaurant’s franchises in Şirinevler,” the statement said. “We would like to state that this incident is unacceptable on our account and that our franchisee terminated the aforementioned restaurant manager’s employment contract.”
When asked if they would compensate the child for the wrong that occurred the company dismissed the idea.
“We have almost 10,000 employees. It is sufficient to cancel the labor contract of the person in question,” an official said.