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    Cook accused of putting hair in a steak

    The Associated Press




    WEST BEND, Wis. --

    A restaurant cook is out of a job and facing a felony charge after being accused of hiding hairs in a ribeye because a customer complained the first steak served to him was overcooked.


    Kevin Hansen, who dined at the steakhouse with friends and family Saturday, said he ordered a 16-ounce ribeye cooked medium rare, with a warm, red center, according to the criminal complaint filed against cook Ryan Kropp.

    When restaurant service manager Michael Liberatore stopped by the table, Hansen told him the steak was cooked medium, not medium rare.
    Hansen declined an offer of a new steak, but Liberatore persisted and offered a new steak he could take home, the complaint said.

    Liberatore then took what was left of the first steak and showed it to Kropp and the other cook on duty "so that they could both learn what a medium rare steak was supposed to look like," the complaint said.
    Hansen went to police Sunday to complain of hair in the second steak. A police officer observed "several strands of what appeared to be hair coming out of the middle of the steak," the complaint said.

    Kropp, 24, of West Bend, was charged Wednesday with a felony of placing foreign objects in edibles, carrying up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He was released on a signature bond.

    Kropp admitted to police he put a few of his facial hairs on the steak, saying he was angry the customer sent the other steak back and thought he was "just trying to get free stuff," according to the complaint.

    According to the complaint, a second kitchen worker told police Kropp put a slit in the steak and pushed something inside, then stated, "These are my pubes," referring to pubic hair.

    Travis Doster, a spokesman for the Texas Roadhouse chain of 288 restaurants in 44 states, said Thursday night that Kropp and the other worker were both terminated.

    "Food safety is our number one priority and we will not allow anyone to compromise that," Doster said. "As a company, we're not only shocked, we're angry that someone would pull such a reckless stunt as putting facial hair in a steak."

    He said the West Bend restaurant has an excellent inspection record. "I just feel for the staff because they really work hard, and one silly stupid stunt impacts everybody," he said.

    Kropp has a hearing scheduled March 26 in Washington County Circuit Court.

    There was no answer when The Associated Press called a phone listing for Kropp Thursday night seeking comment. A message for his lawyer, public defender Erin Joy Larsen, was not immediately returned.

    http://www.bnd.com/430/story/268589.html

    Don't know if it's the same guy or not, but I went to high school with a guy named Kevin Hansen...


  • #2
    shouldn't the other person who saw him do it be punished too?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MsFunkay View Post
      shouldn't the other person who saw him do it be punished too?

      He was fired, presumably for keeping quiet.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MsFunkay View Post
        shouldn't the other person who saw him do it be punished too?
        I think he was the "other worker" that was fired too:

        Kropp and the other worker were both terminated.
        Of course you do.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MsFunkay View Post
          shouldn't the other person who saw him do it be punished too?
          'Accessory to Pubification?'

          Moon

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          • #6
            thanks, it took me a few times just to even find that quote and it hasn't even been a long day

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Moon Man View Post
              'Accessory to Pubification?'

              Moon
              bet he'd be someone's bitch really quick

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MsFunkay View Post
                bet he'd be someone's bitch really quick

                He'll be serving butt-steak in prison...

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                • #9
                  from what I saw, I thought Cook put the hair in the mashed potatoes and not the steak


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                  • #10
                    This is why I won't send a steak back to be recooked
                    Official sponsor of Mike Shannon's Retirement Party

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                    • #11
                      Ignorance is bliss
                      Ignorance is bliss
                      Ignorance is bliss
                      Ignorance is bliss
                      Ignorance is bliss

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