Burger King employee in Lake Worth, Florida caught dumping fry oil in storm drain


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If we've learned anything from The Simpson's, there's a proper way to dispose of grease and pouring it down a storm drain is not it. Last Thursday, May 7, Lake Worth resident Joe May shot this footage of a Burger King employee illegally disposing of hot fry oil down a city storm drain. 

According to May's Facebook page, the incident occurred at the Lantana Road location in Lake Worth, Florida. 

Saw this yesterday on my way to Chilis. Burger King employee dumping used oil right into a storm drain. International franchise and they cant pay for a disposal company?! How often is this happening? Everyday? Twice a day? Someone needs to be held accountable for this. And yea, it was without a doubt, used fry oil. It was steaming hot.

In all fairness, the Burger King employee was likely doing what he was told and May's bombardment on the guy was a bit overzealous. However, pouring grease down a drain is also very very bad. 

If you're interested in why this is bad, check out the Florida Rivers Coalition's site. But essentially, a typical storm drain ends up in a natural water source, like a lake or a river; not a water treatment plant. If you pour chemicals, or in this case grease, down a storm drain it can have massive effects on wildlife. 

So far, Burger King has not responded to complaints. 

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