Three teenagers in Florida were fired and arrested on felony charges for allegedly spitting into the food they prepared for two on-duty deputies on April 27.
The two deputies in uniform stopped at the Highway 55 restaurant for dinner, but soon an anonymous person informed the owner of the restaurant about the food tampering incident.
The owner immediately viewed the surveillance video footage and it was discovered that three employees had conspired together to spit in the deputies food.
“There is no excuse for actions such as this and will not be tolerated,” said Okeechobee Sheriff Noel E. Stephen in a statement.
The three juvenile employees, two of which are 17 years old and one who is 16, are all high school students.
They were charged with Florida’s food anti-tampering act and battery on a law enforcement officer.
The owner fired the workers after viewing the video and contacted police.
“All three were immediately fired and the Okeechobee City Police Department was contacted. The owners of the establishment were quite upset and have been cooperating to the fullest extent in this matter,” the Sheriff’s office said.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office released video of the April 27 incident, which was reported to the restaurant’s owners by an anonymous source.
Detectives reviewed the videos and interviewed all three high school students—Molly Spearow, 16, Alex Armstrong, 17 and Logan Pope, 17.
“(They) were each charged with Florida Anti-Tampering Act- Food, a 1st Degree Felony, and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), a 3rd Degree Felony. All were transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice,” the release said.
The two deputies were notified, and authorities said they didn’t need any medical treatment as of now, according to the statement released by Sheriff’s office on Thursday.<BR><BR>
This is a hard learned lesson.