Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan, which owns the Pizza Hut chain, has apologized after a photo showing a Pizza Hut employee with dough covering his face, caused a stir on Twitter.
According to KFC Japan, the photo was taken on May 9 at Pizza Hut's Takaido outlet in Tokyo's Suginami Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported Wednesday. In the photo, a part-time worker "wears" the dough like a face mask. He then posted the photo of himself on Twitter on Aug 18, with the comment "You can't breathe through pizza."
KFC said the photo was taken after the store had closed for the day and that the dough, which was past its expiry time, did not get used in any pizzas delivered to customers.
In a statement to media, KFC apologized for the worker's "juvenile behavior" and said it will train its staff more strictly in order to regain customers' trust, Sankei reported. The part-time worker in question, a university student, has since been fired, KFC said.
This is the second incident in two months involving a prank in the food business. In July, a Lawson franchise in Kamobe, Kochi Prefecture, lost its license after the 21-year-old son of the franchisee uploaded a photograph of himself in the store’s freezer onto Facebook.© Japan Today