Restaurant caught on camera cooking food on the ground near dumpster

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The management at a restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, is taking heat for the recent release of a video that depicted one of its employees preparing food on the filthy ground.

Fox46 acquired the video of the May incident this week, which shows members of the Tokyo Grill and Buffet kitchen staff peeling and chopping onions on the asphalt next to the garbage. The Mecklenburg County Health Department said the footage shows that the restaurant committed a “critical violation” of health safety standards, and quickly sent an official to the restaurant for further inquiry.

The manager of Tokyo Grill and Buffet said the incident was indeed egregious but one of the employees has since been fired. He said it’s impossible to prevent all misconduct from rogue employees and that no manager was on duty that day. The health official told him not having a manager present is, in itself, a violation.

Furthermore, the department said the manager later admitted food had been prepared on the ground as recently as August. The health official forced him to throw certain foods away.

Thus far, the restaurant has had three inspections this year.

Preparing food on the ground is considered by the health safety industry to be a serious violation and drastically lowers the health safety “score” given to various restaurants. Tokyo Grill and Buffet currently has a score of 91.5 and has dropped to as low as 87 (in 2016). Health officials say preparing food on the ground can drop the score as much as three points.

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