'Disgusting' Photos From Pacifica Pizza Place Go Viral

Pizza isn’t the only thing getting cooked at Papa’s Murphy in Pacifica. The entire restaurant is getting roasted by the internet.

Photos of a person sleeping on the floor of a bathroom next to the toilet and dirty work station at the pizza chain’s store on Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica have sparked online outrage and disgust from the Bay Area Reddit.

It was unclear who owns the original images but they were posted by a Reddit user and the moderator of the Pacifica Reddit. The images’ caption read:

“In case anyone ever gets pizza from Papa Murphy’s in Pacifica… Heads up! We ordered a pizza online from them a little while ago and my husband went to pick it up. He just texted me these photos. The guy working there is sleeping on the bathroom floor and this is what the work station looks like. Totally disgusting. Glad we didn’t get our pizza there!”

It’s not the first time someone has spotted the grubby condition at the restaurant, according to numerous one-star Yelp reviews. The reviews echoed that Papa Murphy’s used to be a good place to get pizzas before the new owners took over.

Individuals are able to purchase the franchise and Papa Murphy’s says that the company is “aware of this photo and are reaching out to the owner to ensure that everyone is safe at this location.”

It wasn’t immediately clear who owns the Papa Murphy’s in Pacifica but one woman who says she was a former employee, Hannah Finger, wrote on Yelp on March 27, 2018, that the new owners “blatantly disregard health codes” and sanitation.

Finger, 20, says she worked at the store for two years. She posted photos of a man wearing an apron, who she identified as ones of the owners Jay Singh, being taken into custody by a police after she said he hit her in the face when she confronted him about tax paperworks in March.

Finger updated her Yelp review on Sunday, saying that the owner was recently “caught sleeping on the floor of the bathroom by a customer, and the disgusting work station also taken by a customer.”

She told NBC Bay Area that Singh owns another Papa Murphy’s location in Sunnyvale. When the food inspector threw away expired food in the garbage, she said Singh directed her to put the food back.

The owner could not be immediately reached for comment.

Online records from the San Mateo County Environmental Health Office show that the restaurant had four inspections in 2017 and one inspection in 2018, all of which passed with a few conditions marked as “out of compliance.”

See the records below:

Aug. 13, 2018

  • 36. Equipment, utensils and linens: storage and use (CO2 tanks) – OUT OF COMPLIANCE
  • 35. Equipment/utensils-approved; installed; clean; good repair; capacity (prep sinks, refrigerators) – OUT OF COMPLIANCE
  • 06. Adequate hand washing facilities: supplied and accessible – OUT OF COMPLIANCE – Major
  • 01b. Food safety certification and food handler cards: valid, available for review – OUT OF COMPLIANCE – Minor

Nov. 30, 2017

  • 01b. Food safety certification and food handler cards: valid, available for review – OUT OF COMPLIANCE – Minor

May 26, 2017 – Followup Inspection May 25, 2017

  • 01b. Food safety certification and food handler cards: valid, available for review – OUT OF COMPLIANCE – Minor
  • 41. Plumbing; fixtures, back flow devices, drainage – OUT OF COMPLIANCE
  • 06. Adequate hand washing facilities: supplied and accessible – OUT OF COMPLIANCE – Major

April, 27, 2017 – Routine Inspection

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