Workers fired after pizza festooned with swastika-shaped topping

  • Workers fired after pizza festooned with swastika-shaped topping

Workers fired after pizza festooned with swastika-shaped topping

Misty and Jason Laska, from OH in the United States, said they made the "unsettling and disturbing" find after purchasing a pre-made "hot and ready pizza" from a Little Caesars store near Cleveland. Then she and her husband saw that the pepperoni pieces had been arranged in the shape of a swastika.

He added the store didn't answer when he called, so the couple went to social media.

They posted a photo of the pizza on Twitter on Saturday with a caption: "So my husband stopped at #LittleCaesars for a quick bite, husband brings this home!"

"This is truly saddening and disturbing and not amusing at all", Laska wrote on Twitter.

"These aren't amusing jokes and shouldn't be made period and on company time".

"I walked in, I said 'what do you guys have left?' And they said 'pepperoni and cheese.' I said 'give me the pepperoni, '" said Jason Laska.

It said their employees had admitted to making the pizza as a joke and it was never supposed to be sold. "Misty (his wife) asked me if I had ordered it and they had to make it and they gave me that on goal thinking they were targeting me because they stereotyped me or something".

He says he grabbed a "hot and ready pizza" from the warmer at Little Caesars in Brook Park, Ohio, about 22 kilometres south of Cleveland. "We all need the exact opposite of that right now".

"We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated", a Little Caesars spokeswoman told WJW.

'We're deeply disappointed that this happened, as this conduct is completely against our values'.

Laska also told WEWS: "These are the kinds of things that are continuing to fuel the hate and the confusion that exists in the country and in the world".

Two employees confessed to creating the backward swastika and have been fired, a spokesperson for the pizza chain said. "In the climate today a gesture like (this) is completely unacceptable ..."

The couple hopes this will be a teaching lesson for those employees, and that sharing their experience will encourage people to learn the history and hateful symbolism behind the infamous Nazi slogan.