Red Robin says employee fired after reports of edibles found in customers’ takeout orders
CHARLOTTE — Red Robin said Friday it fired an employee after receiving reports that customers found possible drug-containing treats in their take-out bags.
It comes a day after we reported that a Channel 9 employee said he ordered food twice from Red Robin restaurant on Wednesday and discovered Rice Krispies and Fruit Loop sweets in his bag with a card advertising edibles. He said he almost gave it to his child.
On Friday, two other clients told reporter Anthony Kustura that the same thing had happened to them.
A woman said she ordered from a restaurant along Kenbrooke Drive in University City on Wednesday night and she and her daughters received an unwanted treat in their take-out bag.
“I said, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you ordered dessert or something,’ and she said, ‘I didn’t,'” the woman said.
She said the item looked like a Rice Krispies treat, with a card promoting “Kellz Sweet Treets: The Incredible Edible.”
“It was a shock to realize that the person was so bold to give their card, to put their face there,” the woman said.
The treat is similar to what the Channel 9 employee said he received from the same location on the same day. Another viewer sent us a photo saying she received the gummy candy with the same business card, also on Wednesday.
The Twitter account listed on the business card was removed after our story aired, but the video showed what is described as “infused Sour Patch Kids.”
This is all very concerning for this once regular customer.
“I’m just worried about the kids who might catch it, especially,” the woman said.
She thinks the man pictured on the card is the same man who brought her order to her car. It’s unclear if any of the treats actually contain drugs.
In the meantime, the woman warns everyone to be vigilant about their food.
“(Check) there’s nothing else you didn’t order, of course,” the woman said.
Channel 9 also learned on Friday that the Mecklenburg County Health Department visited a Red Robin in University City, where customers said they received the unwanted treats. A spokesperson said they toured the facility and found no items from an unapproved source.
The Channel 9 employee who first brought this to our attention said he also received an email from Red Robin on Friday saying his concerns had been passed on to those affected.
Red Robin’s full statement:
“Thank you for making us aware of this matter. We have addressed this internally and put an immediate end to it. This has not been done to our knowledge and the team member involved is no longer employed by we.
Full statement from the Mecklenburg County Health Department:
“Mecklenburg County Environmental Health conducted an on-site visit after being advised of possible edibles in carry-out bags at The Red Robin located at 8304 Kenbrooke Rd. A full facility visit was conducted and all food products have been FDA/USDA approved, no food products from unapproved sources were found. The North Carolina DHHS Environmental Health Section and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture have been notified and have provided this complaint for further investigation. »
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