While the five-second rule remains widely contested, most people still agree that it is a personal decision. Some people pass invariably; others (ahem… me) find that they are more likely to consume a piece of dropped food if they have been drinking alcohol recently. A third, brave percentage of people will eat the dropped food, consequences be damned (video below).
Even if you are somebody who habitually consumes food that has met the floor (er… I hope not, though), chances are you appreciate the onus of that decision being in your own hands.
Unfortunately for donut fans in Mendon, Massachusetts, they discovered that their choice was stripped from them when a video posted to Facebook on June 22 showed a Dunkin’ Donuts manager dropping a full tray of freshly baked, glazed donuts on the ground — and then waiting 20 minutes before putting them back on the shelf to be sold.
“Here's the manager at Dunkin Donuts in Mendon dropping an entire tray of fresh donuts on the disease ridden ground and trying to hide them so she could still serve them!! AND SHE DID SERVE THEM,” reads the introduction to the video.
The former Dunkin’ Donuts employee who posted the video online, Liam Flaherty, claims that he decided to quit in light of this incident, as well as several other health-related qualms he had with the establishment.
“This was brought to the attention of the store owners & management who dismissed it as no big deal,” he wrote. “The conditions of that store are so deplorable I won’t ever eat there again! Ask any former employee. Disgusting.”
Dunkin’ Donuts told WCVB that its fans should rest assured that appropriate measures will be taken in light of the video.
"We are aware of the video and we take matters like this very seriously," the brand's statement reads. "The actions seen in the video at a franchised Dunkin' Donuts restaurant are absolutely inconsistent with our strict food safety standards and requirements.
“According to the franchisee, upon hearing of this incident in November 2015, he investigated the matter and met with the employee to discuss the fact that the donuts should have been immediately disposed of in keeping with our standards,” the statement continues, reports ABC News.
While it's reassuring to hear that the official Dunkin’ Donuts standards typically prohibit the distribution of dirty-doughnuts, the 130,000+ video views on Facebook suggests that the Mendon location has some serious work to do to re-earn its customers’ trust.
Check out the video below: