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Pizza Hut Closed After Mice Found Inside

Posted June 5, 2007
Updated June 6, 2007

— Health inspectors on Tuesday shut down a local Pizza Hut after live mice were found inside the restaurant.

The Pizza Hut at 3691 New Bern Ave. scored a 90 during an inspection Monday, but the inspector noted rodent droppings behind an ice machine.

A contractor laid out boards covered with glue Monday night to get rid of the rodents, and shift manager Venice Spivey found six live mice stuck to the boards Tuesday morning.

Spivey called the Wake County Health Department, and inspector Naterra McQueen ordered that the Pizza Hut be closed. She said she also pulled the restaurant's permit so it can't operate until the rodent problem is corrected.

McQueen told WRAL she couldn't close the restaurant based only on the presence of rodent droppings because she didn't see any live animals inside during the inspection.

Spivey said she had seen mice in the restaurant for about two weeks before the inspection.

"I saw about 10 mice," she said. "Everybody saw them. Customers saw them. We had customers calling us to the dining room, saying, 'Look, we've got friends.'"

A spokesman at Pizza Hut's corporate office said the chain is committed to providing a safe dining experience for customers. He said he expects the restaurant to reopen Wednesday.

The restaurant also was cited for a moldy ice machine, dirty dishes and standing water in the dishwasher.

Spivey said she was fired after blowing the whistle, when she refused to clean the restaurant's kitchen.

"I said, 'I can't go into the kitchen right now. I don't feel comfortable in the kitchen,'" she said.

She said she's glad she notified the health inspector about the mice.

"I'm jobless, but I don't have any regrets," she said.


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  • Historians_6th Jun 6, 2007

    Knock knock...housekeeping........

  • Boost Plus Jun 6, 2007

    That's funnier that a Buddy Wackett joke.

  • bluedevl... Jun 6, 2007

    What's up 6th!!!! man that's funny...

    I'm wondering when I will get promoted to four dots...

  • .Milky Jun 6, 2007

    What a mess!

  • Boost Plus Jun 6, 2007

    The one where the pepperoni shot the cheese?

  • bigshowx22000 Jun 6, 2007

    Where is nefong he can prosicute the mice !!

  • none123 Jun 6, 2007

    That picture is hilarious.

  • .Milky Jun 6, 2007

    This story reminds me about the one where that guy did some stuff somewhere. It was a while back, do you remember it?

  • Boost Plus Jun 6, 2007

    You're absolutely correct dollarsocks! This is not a chatroom and these people need to grow up and stand tall as pillars in our community. It makes my veins pop out reading some of these comments. Sometimes I think I could just blow my top.

  • A Guy Jun 6, 2007

    good comment bigshow