Customers call 12 after catching Pizza Hut worker looking at naked pics

Published: Feb. 27, 2013 at 4:34 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2013 at 4:38 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Outraged Pizza Hut customers called 12 after catching a worker looking at naked women on his laptop.

They say it happened at the Pizza Hut on Broad Street, not far from the Virginia Science Museum. Two of our viewers claim the managers blew off their complaints.

"It just shocked me," said customer Dawn McKissick.

Shock is the only word Dawn can find to describe visiting this Broad Street Pizza Hut and catching a worker looking at naked pictures on his laptop.

"This is supposed to be a public place," exclaimed Dawn.

She alerted her husband who ran to the manager.

"I approached the manager and he was like okay," recalls Leon McKissick. "And the problem was?"

So they called NBC 12, and we stopped by the restaurant ourselves.

"Are you regretful about what happened?" we asked staff manager Alexis Cunningham.

"We are," replied Cunningham. "We do regret that they had to see that and experience a situation like that in our restaurant, but like we said, it was personal time. He wasn't on the clock."

The shift manager walked us to the booth where she says the worker often spends his 3 hour break.

"But after that 3 hour break he went back to prep food?" we asked Cunningham.

"Right," replied Cunningham.

"What do you make of that?" we asked.

"What do you mean?" she asked.

"Is that acceptable?" we asked.

"I mean," replied Cunningham. "I do not feel like it affects his job performance."

But is it legal to look at naked pictures in a public place?

"The actual act is it is not unlawful to display dirty pictures in public," said NBC 12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin. "Even if people can see it."

Benjamin says it goes back to freedom of speech.

"The first amendment protects the freedom of expression and that includes the freedom to see and read and view materials that you wish to see," said Benjamin.

Leon is still outraged.

"If the law is just that shaky," said McKissick. "I am scared. I am afraid."

Pizza Hut managers say the worker is still on the job, but they did have a talk with him.

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