SA McDonald’s Employee Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Spitting On McFlurry Ice Cream
A South African man who used to work for McDonald’s has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he recorded himself spitting in a tub of McFlurry ice cream. He later tried to use the video to extort money from the multinational fast food restaurant.
Clement Othusitse Seothaeng filmed himself spitting in the ice cream five years ago. He then contacted his bosses, pretending to be an angry customer and demanded R150 000, or else he would post the video on social media.
Seotheng appeared at the Pretoria North magistrate’s court, where he was facing charges of malicious damage to property and extortion.
He was found guilty on both charges and sentenced to 5 years in prison for the malicious damage count. On the extortion charge, Seotheng was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
However, the magistrate ruled that the sentences will run concurrently, meaning that Seotheng will serve an effective 10 years in prison.
Speaking on the case, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said that Seothaeng had worked as a crew member at a McDonald’s restaurant in Montana for two years when he committed the crime.
“On 23 September 2017, while at work, Seothaeng recorded himself [using a cellphone] in a 20-second video clip preparing a McFlurry ice cream without showing his face, just a person wearing a uniform.
“However, when preparing it, he spat inside the Mcflurry ice cream, mixed it, and closed the cap. After recording himself, he sent the clip to the manager with a different number as a concerned customer and demanded R150 000 to avoid the video being circulated on social media.
“During the aggravation of sentence, the prosecutor, David Molokomme, asked the court to impose a fitting sentence to reflect society’s disapproval of such improper and illegal behaviour, using social media for anti-social behaviour.”