Little Caesars in Indianapolis was immediately shut down by health inspectors 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 took it home. His girlfriend noticed something was wrong after she opened the box.
“She looked at the pizza and realized there was like doo-doo-looking stuff on the pizza,” McNeil said.
McNeil immediately 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.’”
Then he called the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and contacted the Marion County Health Department upon police suggestion.
After the health inspector arrived, an emergency inspection was conducted, and the restaurant was closed.
“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 said.
The Little Caesars Pizza restaurant had been dealing with a mouse issue since August 2017 and the restaurant had been cited four times since the summer for mice-related problems but was never closed. Prior to the restaurant receiving an all-clear in October, it had received seven violations in 2017 according to the Public Health Department’s website.
“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 said.
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