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Grilled Rat Wasn't on the Menu. 2 Employees Made It Anyway

Teddy's Bigger Burgers in Hawaii considering legal action
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2018 7:46 AM CST
This 2015 photo shows a Teddy's Bigger Burgers location in Haleiwa, Hawaii.   (AP Photo/Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Dennis Oda)

(Newser) – A Hawaiian burger chain is scrubbing one of its locations top to bottom after two employees apparently decided to cook up a rat. A short clip posted days ago on Snapchat shows two staffers joking around as a rat is seen on the grill of Teddy's Bigger Burgers' Mapunapuna location in Honolulu, per the AP. "We are horrified a former employee would create something like this trying to destroy our reputation without regard for our 20-plus years of quality and aloha," says eatery president Richard Stula, adding the company is weighing legal action against the teen and the other employee involved, both of whom were fired.

A "complete sanitization" of the location is now underway, according to the company, which says all equipment and utensils will be replaced. "We will then send a corporate team in to inspect and complete a thorough audit of the location before it is allowed to re-open," says Stula. Hawaii's Department of Health will also inspect the restaurant on Friday, per the AP, which quotes a health rep as saying a licensed pest control operator would also examine the restaurant for rodents. Hawaii News Now reports no serious violations were found at the Mapunapuna location during its last health inspection in June. (A rat cost this restaurant chain $190 million.)

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