Pizza vendor, 21, pleads guilty to spitting on customer's pie and faces four years in prison
A Comerica Park employee from Detroit lost his job after a video of him spitting in a customer's pizza went viral.
The video was recorded from close-up and shows the employee, later identified as Jaylon Kerley, spitting on the pizza base while preparing the meal.
Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. The shocking footage can be viewed below.
The 21-year-old was also arrested, and his case will be heard on November 15. His legal team said Kerley "was remorseful."
Watch Punishment a Detroit Tigers Food Vendor is Facing For Spitting in Customer’s Pizza; Plot Twist It’s Longer Than He Could Have Ever Imagined (Video) https://t.co/RM2dGEvWVH pic.twitter.com/FxffvmdYmJ— Robert Littal BSO (@BSO) October 21, 2018
His lawyer, Carla Marable, added that Kerley has autism and that he understands that his actions were "absolutely wrong."
Kerley was charged with one felony count, as well as one misdemeanor count and could face up to four years in prison if found guilty.
The video was recorded back in September during a Detroit Tigers game against the Kansas City Royals.
It was initially shared on Instagram by Quenelle May, before being shared by Dee Fountain on Facebook.
Fountain wrote in the caption: "Oh hell naw, please turn this [expletive] in to the authorities... Absolutely disgusting."
Ballpark pizza vendor, 21, faces four years in prison after he pleads guilty to SPITTING on a customer's pie https://t.co/6tKdSrHoUA— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) October 19, 2018
May later told reporters that he that he notified Kerley's manager of the incident but was "told [...] to shut up."
After he shared the video online, May was allegedly threatened with prosecution if he failed to remove the video from Instagram.
However, Detroit Sportservice confirmed that they take matters as these seriously and immediately closed the food stall when it was brought to their attention.
They also disposed of products at the food stand and said in a statement:
"Food safety is our top priority, and we will take any appropriate action necessary to protect our guests."
An investigation is now underway, and Kerley was tested for HIV and Hepatitis as well as other sexually transmitted diseases. All test came back negative.
A similar incident was caught on tape when 18-year-old Burak S from Turkey was caught by CCTV spitting on a customer's pizza.
He has since been charged, read the full account here.