A Little Caesars in Indianapolis was shut down by health inspectors Tuesday morning after a couple found rodent feces baked into the crust of their pizza.
Johnathan McNeil said he and his girlfriend bought the pizza from the chain restaurant and left. Once they started driving home, his girlfriend noticed something was wrong.
“She looked at the pizza and realized there was like doo-doo-looking stuff on the pizza,” McNeil said to FOX 59.
McNeil said they turned around and went back to the restaurant for an explanation, but the employees claimed to not know what it was.
“All of them were looking at my pizza dumbfounded as if they didn’t know what’s going on,” said McNeil. “I said, ‘That’s mouse doo-doo on the bottom of my pizza.’”
He called the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and contacted the Marion County Health Department upon police suggestion.
Once the health inspector arrived, an emergency inspection was conducted, resulting in the closure of the restaurant.
“We did find that there were rodent droppings and violations that warranted us doing a license suspension,” Janelle Kaufman with the Marion County Health Department told FOX 59.
The Little Caesars pizza restaurant had been dealing with a mouse issue since August 2017, FOX 59 reports. The restaurant had been cited four times since the summer for mice-related problems but was never closed. Before the restaurant was given an all-clear in October, it had received seven violations in 2017 alone, according to the Public Health Department’s website.
McNeil hopes others don’t suffer the same fate as he and his girlfriend.
“I just want people to check their food and be very cautious about what they’re eating,” said McNeil.
The pizza chain was reopened Wednesday morning after a follow-up inspection.
“They cooperated with us, they worked with us … they cleaned everything they needed to do,” Kaufman told FOX 59.
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