So Many Flies At Burger King, Inspectors Wouldn’t Open Mouths

CHICAGO (CBS) — Do you want flies with that?

A Burger King on the city’s South Side has been closed by the city, after inspectors found so many insects buzzing around that they were “afraid to open their mouths.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Keith Johnson reports

As WBBM Newsradio’s Keith Johnson reports, the Dumpster Task Force closed the Burger King at 1701 W. 95th St., on the eastern edge of the Beverly neighborhood, on Tuesday.

More than 200 flying insects of various species were found throughout the Burger King. They were spotted on the walls, the ceilings, the shelves for clean dishes, around the sink, in the food storage area, in a dry storage area, on the tubing of boxes of soft drink syrup, and in front of the drive-up window, according to the city’s Department of Streets & Sanitation.

A wasp nest was also found just over the rear door.

Additionally, an outside grease container was encrusted with grease on the lip and grip, and grease was found splattered on the ground and on the wall behind the container, the city said.

“Pest control was woefully inadequate and poor housekeeping fueled the infestation of flying insects at the Burger King near 95th and Ashland,” Josie Cruz, deputy commissioner of Street & Sanitation’s Bureau of Rodent Control, said in a news release. “We closed this location for the critical violation of inadequate pest control and they won’t be allowed to reopen until they clean and pest-proof their restaurant, revamp their pest control and housekeeping plans, and then pass a tough reinspection.”

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • yuck

    did you ever see Billy the exterminator? they are used to it

    • Alice Polarbear

      Billy works in Louisiana, not Chicago.

      • peabodyhere

        Big deal. I’ve seen the same thing at McDonalds and Wendys and TacoBell and you name it. Another successful summer for the lord of the flies.

        So, why are you picking on Burger King. Because they’re cows are better than McDonalds?

        NEWS FLASH:

      • RoseOtter

        Maybe Obama needs to make a quick trip to Chicago – he’s real good at catching those flies! Like moths to a light.

    • t painet Words from the man who first said the words “United States of America”

  • Anthony hayes

    I’m glad someone noticed and said it. Someone might call a lawyer now for unfit conditions to work due to no one did their job in the first place.

    • denise55

      What? “unfit conditions to work” “due to no one did their job in the first place. Are you saying that the employees should sue the owner because the workers(suer)weren’t doing what he was paying them to do. I WILL BET IT WAS RUN BY A BLACK CREW.

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      • Laurie3

        I went to a KFC drivethru not too long ago and was behind a couple of cars. After waiting quite a while and the two cars eventually driving away, I continued on to the pick up window. When someone came to the window (black man) I said did you know two customers just drove away? What’s the problem. He said “Our cook didn’t come in today”. I said “Well why didn’t you post a sign out there stating that so they would not have to wait?” He said “Oh, OK”. Needless to say, that KFC is closed.

      • Darnel


        Yep, maintaining their workplace just like they maintain the housing taxpayers provide them.

    • jamie


  • jack

    flies, wasps and various bugs – relax, it’s a new undercover episode of bizarre food – south side edition

  • Arjay

    I always ask to hold the pickle,hold the lettuce and add extra flies to my whopper. What’s the problem?

  • oh grover

    It’s organic

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  • nuisance

    Burger King is ghetto now. All the franchises near me have been ghettofied except for one, but I refuse to eat there. I don’t know what has happened to this company but I refuse to give them any of my money.

    • Darnel

      McDonalds is now beat down city for anybody but a black. Have you read about all the attcaks by black staff and custoimers on non blacks in the McDonalds around the country. You need a CCW with 14 rounds just to walk into a McD with any expectation to walk our without a beatdown.

      • Noamsayn?

        In some neighborhoods, McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Popeye’s and Denny’s have become Chimpout Central.

      • Damn nugget!

        We have created a contracion for “attacks by blacks” for your convenience.


    • Denise E. Rogers

      The Burger King near my home is well taken care of, the employees treat their customers with respect and the food is good(as fast food goes).

    • Kip Noxzema

      As I think about it, I think you’re right.

      I remember one black woman employee who was required to wear the Burger King hat. She had some kind of spiral hairdo that went real high, and the hat was actually dangling off the top.

      Does Burger King Corp. not see woeful management problems here?


  • Farmer Bob

    Burger King should make all their food out of indigestible pesticides like McDonald’s does. Problem solved.

    • ucity88

      LOL!! Now that you mention it, I’ve never seen a fly in McDonald’s…does that mean only Burger King uses real food? ;)

      • Burger King slash No

        Actually, most Burger Kings are filled with flies. I believe it’s the grilling of the burgers. Just like a barbeque attracts flies. Every burger king I’ve been to is a fly trap. I rarely go there because I don’t like the competition for eating my food.

  • Tom Walter

    And here I thought those were extra raisins on my whopper bun.

    • John

      I hope you didn’t eat them.. LOL.

    • Larry C.

      You all have made the common mistake of confusing Burger King with Buger King which is a completely different restruant.

    • SockRayBlue

      The white ones is maggots not sesame seeds.

    • freecheese

      I’ll bet you it wasn’t white people who manage and work there !

    • DeeLi

      Here I thought that since BK says “Have it your way” that some of their customers wanted insects on their char broiled burgers!

    • Joe S

      really funny….

  • Marty McFly

    Oh well … The ad is: ” Have it Your Way ” … If the pigs in this area want to eat slop out of a trough full of flies … they get what they deserve.

  • Me

    What is hell is THAT supposed to mean?!?.

    • JustAGuy

      @Me, Jean is making a racist comment. But I think you already knew that.

      • nunya

        If truth be racist then so be it. Actions speak volumes.

      • Dave-o

        Brave of you to admit that, even on a discussion board.

        I can imagine some aspects of life must be tough for you because of it?

      • Oreo Uncle Tom

        Black and conservative? Sellout! Oreo! Get in line with your peeps!

    • seanpatriot

      Its not rocket science. Use your brain more. Turn off Jersey Shore and American Idol.

  • Phillep Harding

    Oh, but it’s all natural, and part of the natural balance! Totally organic!

    And a natural consequence of what the condo-conservationists, eco-entertainers, and high school teachers want for the rest of us. Filth and disease.

  • Jack P

    No reason to go hungary in this place. You won’t even have to buy anything.

  • Nonyabisnass Patrick

    i once found a hamburger on my sandwich from McDonalds…I was shocked!

  • 51 Phantom

    Fries? Oh, I thought you said you wanted FLIES with that order.

  • pintobeans

    That location is an Obama re-election headquarters.

  • volt007

    Burger King has been ghetto for a while now.

  • Lixi

    How could Burger Kind headquarters not inspect a restaraunt with their name on it? I’d like to be a fly on the wal lin that corporate meeting.

    • Marbran

      Franchised. 90% are not owned by HQ.

    • Sir Percival VI

      A fly on the wall? Be careful what you wish for, you could wind up on the receiving end of a fly swatter!!!

      • Cindy

        LOL !!!

  • digitus

    Settle down all, It’s not like this was at Popeye’s.

  • tom

    i thought the same thing….although i knew where it would be located before i even read it.

  • JustAGuy

    Many years ago, I went to the Burger King off the Dan Ryan and 87th. I went there for lunch and ordered a Whopper. I couldn’t get one because they told me they were out of meat.

    AMAZING! I’m so glad I don’t live in Chicago.

    • Nobody

      Consider yourself lucky!

    • tbone

      that can’t be true

  • NYGlenn

    Ghetto,,,,,,,,,,nuff said!!

  • an american

    Sad to see the vitriolic and racist comments , especially on people who had no say in their being in America and were brought as slaves. The real face of republicans !!
    Hygeine is everybody’s problem , so it is time to slow down the vitriol and do something constructive other than starting wars .

    • Martha

      Yup. It was the Republicans who freed the slaves. The Democrat Party is descended from the anti-Republican reconstruction resistance grough, Ku Klux Klan,

      • Martha

        “group” the Ku Klux Klan. General Bedford Forrest, anti-Republican Democrat.

    • happymatt

      Wasn’t the president that freed the slaves a Republican?

    • Dave-o

      I guarantee you not a black alive was brought here as a slave, nor were their parents or grandparents. Sorry, but people live as they WANT to live – black or white, Chinese or Mexican.

      Race card: no longer valid in 0bama’s America.

      Drive through.

      • youngGmentality

        you got us twisted homeboy. The generations b4 us passed on all the resentment to yall. we will never get over what your people did 2 us. thats why the government owes us payments and foodstamps off the back of you guys for once!!!

      • Kip Noxzema

        Be quiet and bring me my order, homey.

    • Farmer Bob

      “The shift to the current political climate started happening in the first part of the 20th century and was roughly “completed” in the 1960’s.” — Jody

      And now we get burgers with flies. . .your bizarre interpretation of history notwithstanding. I presume you’re one of those folks who thinks everyone else is uneducated.

    • Jody

      Rick B- Yes, Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, but during that time period, Republicans were considered liberals. The shift to the current political climate started happening in the first part of the 20th century and was roughly “completed” in the 1960’s.

      • truthhunter

        Jody, you are incorrect dear lady.

        The Republicans and the Founding Fathers were liberals yes, but they were 19TH CENTURY LIBERALS also known as CLASSICAL Liberalism. Their version of liberalism for the 18th and 19th centuries is NOT the same as MODERN Liberalism/Progressivism/Socialism/Statism that now carries the word “liberal”. Classical Liberalism transformed into the tenements of Conservatism which is what we call CLASSICAL/19th Century Liberalism today.

        Truth be told, the United States political persuasions both Conservative (Classical Liberals) and Modern Liberals are subsets of a larger ideology known as WESTERN Liberalism.

        Do us all a favor, read more, learn facts, learn history, stop doing historical untruths. Look up CLASSICAL Liberalism which emphasizes Laizzez Faire Economics, LIMITED Government, NATURAL rights given by a Creator (oh no!) and you’ll quickly realize how historically ignorant your comment is.

      • tbone

        Ronald Reagan used to be a liberal too.

    • g-man

      What you fail to mention is that was OVER 200 YEARS AGO….. So what does that have to do with any black person or family today ??? And remember that it was your fellow black person that was rounding up all those black persons in Africa……So if you got a problem with what happened over 200 years ago go back to Africa and look up the black families of the original slave drivers !!!!

      • xzvc


  • natb1

    A test you can do yourself

    Case in point

    By my Home
    McDonnalds @ 3 Rauckman Dr, Caseyville, IL
    3 Cars…..14 minutes to get food in drive thru

    By my Work
    McDonnalds @ 6266 Howdershell Road, Hazelwood, MO
    6 Cars……4 minutes to get food in drive thru

    • ucity88

      LOL! CHI>>>STL

      Why? Summer. I can breathe here, unlike STL where summer always felt like being smothered with a warm, wet blanket; and I live 5 blocks from the beach on the lake. If I were still in STL, I”d have to fly somewhere to get to the beach.

    • Straytawn

      SO what’s your point? Huh?Huh? Whatchoo trin’ to say? LOL

      • Booger McCoy

        Well, he did manage to get the word “fly” into his comment.

  • MF&#

    With all the black comics making fun of white people in the bits an skits they do, wich is funny btw, why does it seem every little comment offends? look its 2011 get over yourselves ok, you guys can dish it out but cant take a little ribbin here an there you guys are better than that, not to mention alot blacks ive hung around or knew were some of the most racists people ive ever known.

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