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Investigation Continues Over Lewd Subway Photos

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The investigation is continuing into lewd photos that were allegedly taken by two Central Ohio Subway restaurant workers.

Columbus Public Health is investigating the Subway restaurant inside the Turkey Hill gas station at 5350 Tuttle Crossing Blvd.

The lewd photos were shared on social media websites, including Instagram, where the employees bragged about their exploits.

In one of the photos, a teen put his genitals on bread, and the other employee claims he froze his own urine in a bottle.

When Columbus Public Health was asked to investigate the photos, it was something they had not seen before.

"We see violations on a regular basis. This kind of violation is something we don't see that often, thankfully," said Jose Rodriguez with Columbus Public Health.

Rodriguez said he can't remember ever having a violation like this.

The two employees accused of taking and posting the pictures have been fired.

"Some employees had violated the trust of the company by conducting some lewd act. That violated their own terms and perhaps had violated Ohio law," Rodriquez said.

The case has now been turned over to the city attorney's office, and they say the case is so rare they aren't sure what charges to file. But they are still gathering evidence while they decide what charges can be enforced.

Restaurant owners in Columbus want customers to know this was an isolated incident.

Scott Heimlich is the President of the Central Ohio Restaurant Association and owner of Barcelona. He said he hopes restaurant owners use this as a learning tool.

"To reinforce food safety and just talk to your staff about poor judgment and what type of impact that can have on them as individuals and us as an industry," said Heimlich.

A subway district manager said changes will be made to the store in question, including having a manager open the store in the morning, and having a manager on site more often. They will increase their safety training and continue to conduct background checks on employees.

Heimlich said customers should not hold judgment against the store or the industry, and that restaurants follow strict guidelines for food safety.

There is still some question if those pictures were taken inside the store. The Subway location has surveillance cameras, and the video will be turned over to the city attorney's office.

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