Chili's cook in Florida fired over shirtless pictures shot in restaurant's kitchen

A Chili's cook in Florida has been fired after posting pictures of himself posing shirtless in the restaurant's kitchen.

He posted them publicly on Facebook that show him shirtless in the kitchen of the Chili's restaurant in Valrico.

A concerned customer of the restaurant discovered the publicly posted pictures of the man who calls himself Justin J Speekz.

He labeled the pictures "Sexy Cooks Of Chili's" and even tagged the restaurant in the post. In two of the pictures he's lying shirtless on a table where food is prepared.

Sister-station WFTS confirmed that Justin is a cook at the Chili's.

"That is a little disturbing," restaurant patron Cindy Colon said of the pictures.

She tries not to think about what's in the kitchen when she eats out.

"In some things I think ignorance is bliss," she said. "If you know what is going on, I don't think you would ever eat out to be honest with you."

WFTS showed the pictures to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the agency that regulates restaurants. It said there did not appear to be any violations in the photos because no food was being prepared. 

After seeing the photos, the Chili's in Valrico passed a surprise inspection with no critical violations. 

A Chili's Bar and Grill spokesperson said in a statement, "Chili's clearly does not encourage this type of behavior in our restaurants. We maintain very high standards of food quality, safety and cleanliness and took immediate steps to ensure the restaurant continues to follow these requirements. Additionally, we ended this team member's employment after learning of his conduct."

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