VANCOUVER, Wash. – A manager at an Arby’s fast food restaurant in Washington state has been accused of urinating into a milkshake mix that could then have been served to dozens of people.
Vancouver police, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, said they discovered footage of the 29-year-old peeing in a bag of milkshake mix as they executed a search warrant on his phone as part of a child pornography investigation. , reported the Colombian newspaper.
The director made a court appearance last Wednesday on allegations of child pornography and another on Friday, for a new allegation of sexually motivated second-degree assault, after police said they found the 16-second urination video .
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court, metadata for the video shows it was recorded Oct. 30 at an Arby’s in Vancouver’s Mill Plain neighborhood.
The manager admitted to investigators that he urinated in the bag of milkshake mix at least twice, but said he was “almost sure” he threw the bag away. He said he was working alone at the restaurant that night and did it for sexual gratification.
He told detectives that if he hadn’t thrown the bag away, it would have been added to another mix on the next shift and served to customers, police said.
Another Arby’s official told detectives the restaurant sold at least one ice cream float and about 30 to 40 milkshakes that day, according to court records.
In an email to the Columbian, Vancouver Police Sgt. Julie Ballou said investigators had no evidence that Arby’s or its franchise owner knew of the man’s “heinous acts”.
Clark County Public Health Director Dr. Alan Melnick told the newspaper that there were no significant health risks from consuming a drink contaminated with urine.
A judge increased the man’s bail on Friday from $5,000 to $40,000. He is due to be arraigned on May 25.