Pizza delivery boy faces upto 18 years in jail after he was caught allegedly spitting on customer's food
The clip shows the teen opening the box of pizza right outside the customer's home and leaning over it while filming himself on his cell phone
A pizza delivery boy faces 18 years behind bars after he was caught on a surveillance camera spitting on a pizza for a customer in Turkey. The CCTV clip shows 18-year-old Burak S. opening a box of pizza right outside the customer's home and leaning over it while filming himself on his cell phone. The teen can then be seen walking up to the customer's flat, Huseyin Alyuz's residence on the fifth floor of the building, to hand over the pizza in the city of Eskisehir in North-Western Turkey.
Cagatay Efe, Alyuz's nephew, saw the footage and told his uncle what happened before Alyuz filed a complaint with authorities and the pizza company. Burak, in defense, claimed that he had only been checking the pizza to see if there was any damage to it, but now faces trial.
The Daily Mail reported that he has been charged with "endangering the lives of persons by putting poison or spoiling the food with other means". In Turkey, this carries a sentence of two to 15 years behind bars. The teen also faced a charge from the consumer court of "damaging goods and endangering customer's health" which, by itself, has a sentence of between four months and three years in prison.
Burak spoke to the court and told the jury that he did not spit on the pizza. He said that he had only opened up the box to make sure that the food was not damaged in any way because he had been in an accident on the way to the venue.
He said: "I found out that the person who ordered the pizza had cursed my colleague Aylin. I knew he was a problem customer. I opened the box of the pizza to check for any problems, to check whether the pizza was still intact. I took a picture of the pizza with my mobile phone and sent it to my friend Aylin. I absolutely did not spit when I opened the box."
Alyuz, on the other hand, told the court: "I called the pizza shop and ordered a pizza. It was a two-minute conversation and I did not curse anybody. The suspect delivered the pizza to me. I opened the box and took two slices of pizza. Cagatay Efe who lives in the same building, send me a text message saying 'do not eat the pizza'. I called Cagatay, he told me the delivery boy had spat on the pizza. When I checked the security camera footage I realized the suspect had spat on my pizza."
The criminal court has since adjourned the case till February of next year while forensic experts can assess if there is any risk from the pizza. The case in the consumer court is still pending.