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04/13/2009

Video: Let the Domino's appall as they may

by Jeremy Hooper

We of course never want to see anyone fired because they are gay. We do, however, fully support gays being fired if/when they do this:

At one time it was founder and former owner Tom Monaghan's socially conservative (read: anti-gay) work that served as the primary reason why gays might want to avoid this place. But ya know, nose-cheese and sneeze-lami have just replaced politics as modern reasons why one might instead choose Papa John's!

***OH SO MUCH MORE:




**UPDATE: From Domino's corporate:

Thank you for bringing these to our attention. I don’t have the words to say how repulsed I am by this – other than to say that these two individuals do not represent that 125,000 people in 60 countries who work hard every day to make good food and provide great customer service. I’ve turned this over to our security department. We will find them. There are far too many clues that will allow us to determine their location quite easily.

Regards,

Tim McIntyre

Vice President, Communications

Domino's Pizza, LLC

***

*Note: We should say that we fully understand that this is not a representative incident that speaks to the company's usual operations. But that out of the way, we should also say: FRICKIN' GROSS, MAN!

**UPDATE, 4/14: More from corporate:

Hi, Jeremy.

We just got off the phone with the franchise owner, who was absolutely dumbfounded by this. He has told us that he will be terminating their employment effective immediately. We suggested that he call them and get a written statement from them, asking them to “explain” (to the extent anyone can, really) their actions. We are also seeking legal counsel to see what kind of action we can take against them for damage to the brand.

You are welcome to use anything I’ve sent to you in the past 24 hours. I do want to thank you for bringing this to our attention…I just wish it hadn’t been posted so prominently on your web site…while it was certainly fair game, it does hurt the company and the thousands of people we employ in this country whether it’s intended or not.

Regards,

Tim

Tim McIntyre
Vice President, Communications
Domino's Pizza, LLC

We respond:

Hey Tim: Don't shoot the messenger, buddy!

*Note: Mr. Mcintyre has clarified, saying that he didn't mean to blame this site for posting the vids. He just meant to say that he wishes, in theory, that they had never come to light since they can lead folks to make unfair, blanket judgement of the company. And we actually agree with him on that point -- it is unfair for anyone to parlay this one incident into a sweeping attack against the chain as a whole.

**UPDATE, 4/15: Wow, this thing got big: Health officials inspect Conover Domino's [WCNC]

**UPDATE, 4/16: Domino's takes to the same video site that screwed them: Please think of cheesy bread, not snot [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

I hope the Magic of Teh Internet has gotten this loser thoroughly fired by now.

Posted by: H | Apr 13, 2009 3:28:55 PM

There aren't enough words to express my revulsion. Not only for the product they're sending out, but for the people who perpetrated this. Firing isn't enough...the employer should SUE their nasty asses off.

Posted by: Taylor | Apr 13, 2009 3:30:11 PM

H: The videos just went up at 11 AM. By the time this thing builds to its predicted climax, I certainly think Domino's will take notice.

And I have backup copies, just in case it gets pulled from YT.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 13, 2009 3:32:44 PM

I just sent an email to Dominos' corporate office with links to the videos. I hope these idiots get fired.

Posted by: f-bomb | Apr 13, 2009 3:54:52 PM

Domino's Pizza is gross anyway - but these video are nasty. WTF is wrong with some people!

Posted by: Alonzo | Apr 13, 2009 4:00:49 PM

the asstastic one looks removed already?

Posted by: killlianstews | Apr 13, 2009 4:27:12 PM

Is this part of Westboro Baptist's new menu?

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | Apr 13, 2009 4:44:01 PM

The wingnuts claim that this behavior resulted from his homosexuality starts in 3..., 2..., 1...

Posted by: Dale | Apr 13, 2009 4:49:35 PM

This behaviour resulted from his homosexuality.

Posted by: The wingnuts | Apr 13, 2009 5:17:47 PM

HE'S GAY - THATS WHY HE DONE DAT!

Posted by: Bob | Apr 13, 2009 5:39:17 PM

he'll be fired by EOD. the employees made a mistake of revealing what store they work in by showing the computer screens. idiots.

Posted by: pizza slinger | Apr 13, 2009 5:52:42 PM

Bob> Thats tantamount to saying that you're a dumbass negro behaus yousa spek with ebonics. Dat fo sur mofo
bend over bob

Posted by: rofo | Apr 13, 2009 6:42:56 PM

And they weren't wearing gloves during any of this, either!

The more you know about food prep, the more you want to eat at home.

Posted by: tjc | Apr 13, 2009 7:20:26 PM

Domino's is running a free extra toppings deal!

Posted by: Rick | Apr 13, 2009 7:35:32 PM

Wow, I used to like dominos pizza.....I only ordered pizzas maybe 2-3 a year for special occasions at several pizzas an order. The main thing that I was awesome was the dough, it didnt taste bland....and dominos leftover pizza is basically the best you can get.....

I do tip 10%....

Now....that I may be eating someone's turds and boogers.....makes me want to retch....I guess thats what Digiorno is for...in this recession....


A public ousting of these employees where it is on ever newspaper and being charged with food tampering....may save the company some face, but I know I wont purchasing that again....even if they have a free giveaway....I don't think anybody wants to eat turd and boogers....even if its free....

Posted by: jmndos | Apr 13, 2009 8:05:06 PM

This is what happens when the employee's salary is less than half the price of the product you are serving. Who cares if you get fired from this stupid job, or any minimum wage job.

It is to be noted that this video pales in comparison to many other "pranks" perpetrated by today's bored and poor wage slaves.

Posted by: Shaze | Apr 13, 2009 8:41:13 PM

Um, corporate can say what it will. But I have met at least five Dominoes employees over the years who have told me stories of peeing on pizzas when people were rude on the phone.

Posted by: Rachel | Apr 13, 2009 8:50:58 PM

If that is for real they deserve to go to jail for deliberately contaminating food. Can anyone actually be that stupid to do something like that and then post it on youtube? This is why I think it might be a hoax.

Posted by: Ben | Apr 13, 2009 9:08:39 PM

"This is why I think it might be a hoax."

But how? It's a verifiable Domino's kitchen, with Domino's uniforms, Domino's products, etc. And corporate, while appropriately appalled, seems confident that it's real.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 13, 2009 9:26:17 PM

This is why I don't eat domonies, they support israel. Not SURPRISED AT ALL

-HarryB^ Brooklyn ny

Posted by: HarryB | Apr 13, 2009 9:51:28 PM

5 v 5 east source ringer for hire PM ME

Posted by: HarryB | Apr 13, 2009 9:52:10 PM

WTF, you deleted my post you queer jew.

Posted by: HarryB | Apr 13, 2009 9:56:21 PM

The people at consumerist have identified the Dominoes in question as the one located at:

509 10th St NW, Conover NC

Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 13, 2009 10:05:58 PM

Oh great, now we have Nazi trolls.

Posted by: Attmay | Apr 13, 2009 10:24:23 PM

So where does shaze work? That he thinks a job only creates a low wage slave??? No in todays US.

Posted by: LOrionL | Apr 13, 2009 11:02:42 PM

I'm one of the guys who figured out where the restaurant was.. Tim McIntyre's been notified.. He sent the info over to their Chief of Security. WBTV in Charlotte has been notified as well.

The restaurant itself was called by one of the folks over on consumerist, and advised.. We'll see what happens.

Posted by: whyerhead | Apr 14, 2009 12:46:27 AM

I know both of these people and of the videos. This was a PRANK. A very bad prank and extremely bad error in judgement. Cristie was only filming and had no idea of what Michael was going to do. He was just being silly. Even though it was in very bad taste they should not have done it. It would not have been posted to public websites had it been real.
At NO time was any food or any food preparation area contaminated. NO food was ever sent out to any customers.

Posted by: Becky | Apr 14, 2009 12:56:44 AM

It is to be noted that this video pales in comparison to many other "pranks" perpetrated by today's bored and poor wage slaves. It was all a prank Im sure! Who would put something REAL like that on you tube? Come on guys and plus you can tell it was a fake sneeze when he sneezed on the cheesesticks and who do we know for sure that that food was sent out? I bet they just wanted to make themselves famous like the burgerking guy who got fired for taking a bath in the sink!

Posted by: janet | Apr 14, 2009 1:00:48 AM

Not that they need any more proof, but ... http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/2269/45756137.jpg

Posted by: BUMBLB3 | Apr 14, 2009 1:17:19 AM

Screw Dominos. Money paid goes to a religious zealot who is using your money to create a Catholic town / Cult.

Domino's Pizza founder wants to build new town with 'Catholic values'


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11499702/

Posted by: Tim Anderson | Apr 14, 2009 2:02:20 AM

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