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Domino's Workers Fired, Face Charges Over YouTube Video

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By David Goguen on April 17, 2009 9:12 AM

"Lock the Door. It's Domino's."

Two Domino's Pizza employees in their formative early-30's have been fired and now face criminal charges after they filmed some gross goings-on in the restaurant kitchen, and then posted the video on a little mom-and-pop operation known as "YouTube.com."

The video shows one of the workers, Michael Setzer, putting cheese up his nose and waving salami slices near his rear end while making a sandwich at a Domino's in Conover, N.C. The other Domino's employee, Kristy Hammonds, filmed the action and can be heard providing descriptive commentary for anyone having difficulty with the intricate twists and turns of the plot.

The AP reports that Setzer, 32, and Hammonds, 31, will be charged with felonies under a North Carolina law that forbids tampering with and then distributing food, according to Conover police chief Gary Lafone.

Sounding like someone who had just walked out of the latest Vin Diesel movie, Domino's spokesperson Tim McIntyre told the New York Times: "We got blindsided by two idiots with a video camera and an awful idea."

McIntyre also told the Times that Domino's was caught off guard by how quickly the video spread: "What we missed was the perpetual mushroom effect of viral sensations." Ironically, the "Mushroom Effect" is also the name of a particularly disgusting grand finale that Setzer and Hammonds had planned before their camera battery ran out.

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