A food vendor at Colorado's Adams County Fair was fired Thursday after being caught violating health guidelines on cell phone video.
The food vendor was working at the Funnel Cake Trailer when a fair attendant witnessed the employee not following proper hygiene and health department guidelines Wednesday night.
"I stood there for about 10 minutes, because I was waiting for them to prepare my funnel cake order," said Maria, the woman who made the recording and didn't want to give her full name. "The gentleman that was preparing the batter, he was licking the palm of his hand, then he'd go back to preparing the batter."
She says she asked for her money back and left.
When she returned to the stand an hour later she says she saw the same employee doing the exact same thing.
That's when she pulled out her cell phone and started recording.
"I was really disgusted because everyone there is watching him do this," Maria said. "You could see this very closely while he was handling food. It was like it was a habit because he kept on doing it."
Brandon Kibby is the owner of Paradise Amusments, the company that owns the funnel cake stand.
He has been a vendor for twelve years and says he has never had an issue with unsanitary practices. As soon as he heard about his employee, he says he fired him right away.
"He has been let go," Kibby said. "It's just better that an incident like that doesn't happen again. All of our employees go through Health Safety Training. He has actually been through several courses. Evidently he had a lapse in judgment."
Tri County Health Department says it will investigate the complaint and educate the food vendors on proper food handling.