A Chinese takeaway owner has issued a tearful apology to customers after a video showed a rat scurrying around open containers of food in the garden.
Footage of Jin Ocean in Hull's Hessle Road, filmed by a neighbouring resident, has been shared by hundreds of people on social media sites with many customers expressing their horror.
It appears to show rats running around the outdoor area of the takeaway, with one inside a plastic basket that was left outside a side door in the garden.
Other clips from the footage show a large silver bowl of raw chicken next to the same basket, as well as a large bowl of chips also left in the garden. Both are uncovered.
Speaking on Monday, July 12, the manager said he was "very sorry to our customers".
He said the food was put outside for a few minutes while the kitchen was cleaned and the member of staff responsible has since been sacked for doing it.
Sounding emotional, the manager said: "We will never, ever do it again. It was a mistake and he has been sacked.
"The rats have come from my neighbour's garden. He has grass one-metre high and I have complained to him about it, and he then took a video when the food was outside for two minutes.
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"That member of staff who did it has already gone. We never put chicken outside and we will never do it again. Our kitchen is an open kitchen and it is very clean.
"I have been here 16 years, and anyone can see my kitchen is clean. I am quite sad."
He said his own garden will be tidied up, and said he has an ongoing contract with pest control for the rats which he says are as a result of the neglect of next door's property.
Jin Ocean was last inspected by Hull City Council on February 25, this year, where inspectors gave it three stars out of a possible five, which means "generally satisfactory".
Food hygiene and safety was given a "fair" rating while "confidence in management" was rated as "some".
The takeaway's website says it specialises in authentic Chinese cuisine, stating: "Our chefs are well known for their excellent Chinese cuisine, when it comes to food we are experts in choosing the colour, aroma, flavour and taste.
"We believe food is not only taste but also a work of art for its aesthetic value."
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