The fast food chain that brought us the Happy Meal has to be unhappy with some of the headlines it’s made this week.
After posting disgusting images of a moldy tray from the restaurant’s ice cream machine to his Twitter feed, an 18-year-old employee at a LaPlace, La., McDonald’s was fired days later, BuzzFeed reported Wednesday.
The teen, identified only as Nick, tweeted a pair of images July 14 that has picked up more than 15,000 retweets:
“I shared it because I wanted to let people know what they’re consuming, and how disgusting the conditions are,” Nick told BuzzFeed in an interview.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s headquarters told BuzzFeed that the tray in Nick’s photo does not cross paths with the ice cream itself.
Nick, who had worked at the restaurant for five months, said he was aware of a company-wide policy discouraging employees from sharing anything online that could be harmful to the brand.
Nick was reportedly fired immediately by his manager when admitting to posting the photos, and banned from that McDonald’s location. He told BuzzFeed that he accepted the firing and got another job.
Fox News reports that the incident has had a “global impact.” Nick told BuzzFeed that representatives from the company “begged” him to remove the photos from his social media. As of Friday, the tweet was still pinned to the top of his Twitter page.