Skip to comments.Fort Meade Army Base Shuts AAFES Burger King Due to Uncleanliness and Maggots
Posted on 02/06/2013 6:07:45 PM PST by nckerr
BACKGROUND: Several complaints went viral over the past month when employees reported to the Command that AAFES was not cleaning and inspecting its soda machines properly leading to an infestation of maggots. Finally, some employees took pictures and posted. This prompted the Command to do an impromptu inspection and shut the doors. Here is their official statement earlier in the day:
"Regarding the recent post about the AAFES Burger King: I met with AAFES Manager Jonathan Bright this morning. Mr. Bright assured me the area has been cleaned and that Veterinarian Services inspected and cleared the facility. Additionally, Command Sgt. Major Latter and I will be going over to the Burger King this week. AAFES has been, and will continue to be, a great partner, and I have every confidence that they take your safety as seriously as I do. Also, I want to remind everybody about my open door policy every Monday from 4 to 6 p.m.
VR COL Edward C. Rothstein."
Later, apparently, the Commander decided to inspect the AAFES BK and this was the next official statement:
"Following an inspection today by myself, Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Ladder, Public Health Command and Veterinary Services, I have ordered the closing of the AAFES Burger King, located at 2794 Rose Street.
The decision to close the facility was made so that it can be thoroughly cleaned and re-inspected. The Installation and AAFES are working closely together to ensure that the dining facility is re-opened as quickly as possible.
As always, the health and safety of the Fort Meade community is a top priority.
V/R COL Edward C. Rothstein"
This is unacceptable. Not only is AAFES well known for it s horrible customer service, but this is beyond the pale.
It’s gotta be bad if you have to call in a veterinarian to inspect a restaurant......LOL!
Why not name this store “Obama King”? Sounds like his regime, “Uncleanliness and Maggots”.
Gee, step up folks and have an “Obama Burger”. No meat, just BullS**t.
Would you like Fries with that? It may be the only thing you can afford to eat in the future under this King, if you can afford the gas to power your car to get there.
LOL- In the Army, veterinarians are cross trained as food inspectors as well.
Actually, food and dining facility inspection is a long held duty and responsibility of Army Veterinarians. MOS 68R.
where is Gordon Ramsey when they need him?
Actually if you can’t do fast food, you are too stupid to be in the business
I remember being stationed at a base so remote that we had to drive 3 hours to get to another base with a Burger King. It was like going to civilization, maggots and all.
But yes they should clean this place up. I’m sure the Col and Sgt Mgr will get it done.
Army veterinarians have as one of their primary duties the inspection of food and food facilities. They do this for all of the services.
That’s disgusting! I worked in restaurants for three years and ran Fast Food for twenty two and have never seen anything like this. The only way this happens is through sheer neglect, laziness and lack of respect for yourself and your customers! I think the Marines might want to consider a Vietnam era response to these people, I believe it was called Fragging.
A veterinarian would have far more health training than the average health inspector.
The "chefs" were visible to us peeps in line, and what I saw caused me to avoid Burger King, thereafter.
The cook, dutifully wearing latex gloves, cleaned his ear with his forefinger, examined the result, then continued with his cooking and burger-building work.
Exception or rule? Hopefully the exception, but I choose never to return, thank-you.
They don’t wear gloves in this BK if I remember right.
“LOL- In the Army, veterinarians are cross trained as food inspectors as well.”
Well, kind of makes sense from a historical perspective, I mean after all what do you do after you’ve put the horse down ;)
On his last show I saw he was up in Pennsylvania where the restaurant had mold in it’s tomato sauce.
Maggots are protein.
Now is that nice?
The civilians out there don't know that Post or Base food inspection has always been done by Veterinary Services.
jrandomfreeper needs to weigh in on this ... I predict an awesome dress down
there was a restaurant where a place right on the water, with folks ice fishing 100 feet away selling frozen food and FAKE crab.
I saw one show where a place was getting burgers wrong, seriously... how can you get burgers wrong?
FWIW, the USAF Veterinary service caught the US Army veterinarians and technicians taking bribes in 1974 from food suppliers that were providing substandard and unwholesome food. There was a Senate investigation (1975) that resulted in around 90 Army members and DPSC personnel being sent to Ft. Leavenworth. The Army lobbied to have the USAF Veterinarians removed and with political influence Jimmy Carter signed the death warrant of the USAF Veterinary Services in 1978 which was completed in 1982. Now the jobs of the USAF Veterinary Corps has to have up to three officers taking the job of what was once one veterinarians’responsibility. Army Veterinarians are now stationed at USAF bases providing the animal care which was just one of the responsibilities the USAF veterinarian accomplished efficiently. Enlisted it took three Army MOS’ (91R,91S,91T) to do the job of one USAF 908XO because the USAF veterinary enlisted were selected from those that scored high on the AFQT tests.
Ha! A lady I work with just ate there last night. I can’t wait to tell her!
Someone wasn't doing daily inspections on base. And they need to be [REDACTED] until their eyes bleed.
I'm an easygoing kind of guy, and I don't mind having to occasionally pry kitchen staff off of waitstaff in the linen closet with a crowbar (NOT ON THE CLEAN LINEN, DAMMIT), but food safety is very, very important.
Given that I wish to remain a Freeper, I think it's best to not actually say what I think in detail.
Used to own a Restaurant... competitor called the Inspectors on us... figured out who they were, returned the favor ... we still had our “A” they were closed for a month and even then ended up with a “B”
PS Don’t eat at a “B”
That's standard practice for Army. In the AF, it's Flight Surgeon's office, in the Navy, it's usually a Medic who happens to be a Chief. Although on a JTF assignment, a Navy Captain (MD) did the inspection once, as I recall, with a Chief telling her where to find gotcha's.
Love ya Johnny
(We want to keep ya Freeper too)
Not only extra protein, but fresh and crunchy extra protein. :=)
I was stationed on Terceira Island in the Azores archipelago for two years where there was no fast food of any kind and one evening the Portuguese chef at the NCO club put cinnamon on a pizza.
I have to say though, the local cuisine was much better than fast food.
There’s a Zaxby’s in Montgomery , Al. , that just went to court over severing a mouse in the green salad. A u-tube video out about the same restaurant , with a Cockroach crawling around the salad.
And some hotsauce to help it go down.
I am not knocking Mexicans here, but one of the biggest problems I had as the balance of my employees shifted over time was getting my Hispanic employees to throw away food that fell on the floor. It was not because they were dirty or didn’t care, but because they had so little that they personally could not afford to waste food! I don’t think neglect or poor hygiene has a lock on any nationality, they are equal opportunity traits.
Flash: The Maggots were employees of the Defense Information Systems Agency.
it’s like a little moving almond. yeah, that’s what it is....
Well, there goes my appetite for this evening.
Well, there goes my appetite for this evening.
“Its gotta be bad if you have to call in a veterinarian to inspect a restaurant......LOL!”
It actually goes back to the civil war days. Many of the soldiers died from foodbourne illnesses. I was an enlisted man in the Air Force and worked under a Veterinarian doing food and food facility inspections as well as some typical animal health work (vaccinations, military working dog health care etc.).
“A veterinarian would have far more health training than the average health inspector.”
Sorry. Not true. A Vet may have more training in zoonotic diseases (diseases caused by infectious agents that can be transmitted between animals and humans) but a health inspector is more educated in public health concerns.
How sad. My Air Force Active duty ended in 1980 and I served 2 years in the Reserves while attending college. I heard then that big changes were going to be happening. The Air Force Veterinarians I worked under were really great people.
Veterinarians are on the leading edge of Avian Influenza research and epidemiology..why do they call it Bird Flu? SARS was a Coronavirus that the CDC had to bring in veterinarians that specialize in coronaviruses to help them in the tracking, treatment, and monitoring of the disease. The cause of AIDS was identified as a STD like FTLV or FELV by a veterinarian and it was the prejudice of the MD's that ignored his information until a microbiologist in France identified it as a retrovirus.
I already decided I may be wrong. After all I did not go to vet school. I guess I was thinking about other areas of environmental health such as haz mat, solid and liquid waste etc. That is what I do now. I actually work in a county not far from the base where I was stationed. The base closed long ago and now serves as an air cargo airport.
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