Video allegedly shows Denver restaurant prepping food outside
DENVER (KDVR) -- It's a disturbing sight happening behind a restaurant, all captured on camera.
A Montbello family recorded videos of employees at Pho 999 apparently chopping up meat outside their back door. The videos have since gone viral, being viewed and shared thousands of times on Facebook.
"The first thing I thought of, is that man cutting up meat?" said Kagome Levy.
Levy noticed the incident when they took a short cut behind a Peoria Street strip mall one afternoon. She told the Fox 31 Problem Solvers that one employee was wearing flip flops and no gloves.
"It has stripes on it, and that's when we were really like, really freaked out," said Levy.
The family visits Pho 999 weekly.
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"That's not something you want to see at a restaurant you've eaten at before!" said Levy.
The FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers visited the restaurant hoping to get an explanation. The manager claims the employees were cutting up fish. But, only to feed the employees. Fish isn't even listed on the menu for customers.
"The reason we do that outside is because we don't want to get contamination to food that we serve to customers," said Tram Hoang Pham, Pho 999 manager.
The video launched an inspection by the Denver Health Department. They issued a $500 fine Friday for repeat violations. The report cites improper storage of employee food and drinks intermingled with food for customers.
Health officials said they can't prove it's not fish being sliced up in the video.
But Levy is sticking to what she saw with her own two eyes.
"You'll see big chunks of meat, that's too big for fish," said Levy.
The Problem Solvers did pull the recent health inspections and they were not cited for any health hazards recently. Only small violations like food temperature control, not washing hands and plumbing problems. The manager said she will no longer allow the employees to bring food outside.