A video of a dirty kitchen on Facebook is going viral. The video was posted by a former employee at the Little Caesar's on Merrill Road. She claims there were maggots in a machine that is part of the pizza making process.
A health inspector was there Thursday, and the report shows ten violations. Three of them are considered high priority, and one of those involved bugs in the store.
Tiana Mayweather said she took the video on her phone Wednesday morning when she went into work. "The person who actually makes the dough, he called us over there and he said to come look at the machine, and we look at the machine -- there's maggots all up and through the machine. This is gross," she said.
Mayweather said she called her manager and refused to serve customers.
"I'm not going to serve out of that kitchen, because our dough is made off of that machine and people are eating it and serving it to their kids," said Mayweather.
The video has no indicator that it was really shot at the Little Caesar's location. The manager at the store told us over the phone it wasn't true, that Mayweather was a disgruntled employee who was angry after she was fired.
Mayweather showed us her iPhone, which geotagged her location and marked when the images were taken. The videos and pictures were taken Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. near Little Caesar's.
Thursday's health inspection report says the inspector saw "live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area or food storage area."
A maggot by definition is the larva of a fly. The health department said the inspector did not see any maggots. The report says one fly was observed.
A spokesperson from Little Caesar's corporate office sent us a statement reading:
"The health and safety of our customers is our top priority. Upon learning of the situation, the franchisee of this independently owned location immediately deep cleaned the entire restaurant. No product was made with the affected piece of equipment."
Over the last year, this Little Caesar's location has repeatedly received high priority violations involving food temperature and marking times pizzas were cooked, along with other minor violations from health inspectors.
First Coast News was unable to verify whether the images in the video are actually maggots.