A Popeye's worker says she was fired after she blew the whistle on unsanitary conditions

Photo: Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images
Photo: Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images

While you may be able to get your fried chicken order “Louisiana Fast” from Popeyes, you may want to rethink your choice of fast-food chain if you’re in the Detroit area.

Shakita Shemere, a woman who worked at a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Detroit, lost her job after she shared a 20-minute video documenting the unsanitary conditions in the food storage and preparation areas. The video, which she told the Associated Press she started to film after her manager yelled at her because a cockroach frightened her, shows uncovered containers of what appears to be raw chicken in the freezer, dirty containers stacked to be reused instead of washed, and trash — which her fellow employees step over — littering the floor.

The 20-year-old is receiving comments that cleaning the mess would fall under her own job description, but she had mentioned in another Facebook post that she had only been working at the restaurant for three weeks.

She wrote, “Y’all keep saying it’s my fault cause I’m not cleaning… I been there three weeks tryna clean that shit them employees or managers don’t clean shit… I didn’t bring them roaches and say make yourself at home… they basically told me get out they house!”

“When I filled out that application, it didn’t say we got roaches, you gotta kill them, you have to step on them,” the woman told WXYZ. “It didn’t say they had dead flies on the ice.”

The restaurant was closed on Tuesday, and Detroit’s health department said that the store’s manager is cooperating and following cleaning protocols.

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