Sushi Restaurant Manager Resigns After Customer Finds Maggot in Lemon Wedge

The manager of a sushi restaurant in Roseville, California was forced to resign after one customer found a maggot in their food and broke the news on social media.

The horrific dining experience occurred at Blue Nami Sushi last month.

Steven Maurizzio, a customer at one table, filmed the maggot crawling out of his friend’s lemon wedge.

It is unclear if there were more than one living maggot.

“Are you f**king kidding me?” a woman in the background says. “What the hell? Oh my god I’m literally never eating here again.”

Maurizzio, who shared the 16-second video on Facebook, wrote:

“They served my friend rotten food with actual maggots living inside it. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard horror stories of his [sic] place but it was my first run in personally. And my last.”

The video has received over one million views and thousands of shares since its posting.

Facebook users expressed their disgust:

A woman — presumably the one in the background — also shared what happened when they brought the issue up to management.

Following the uproar, the restaurant’s manager decided to resign. Staff members have also been double-checking food items in the kitchen to prevent similar incidents.

Steve Lui, Blue Nami’s new manager, told the Sacramento Bee:

“When we cut (the lemon), it was okay. It’s our fault for not seeing it when it went out to the table, and then they took the video.”

Image via Blue Nami Sushi

Meanwhile, Jim Boyce, general manager of Produce Express — the restaurant’s supplier since 2007 — said that the lemon was not from them.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I have never come across insects inside of our lemons. We have never had one report of lemons being infested with maggots or worms. We are USDA-certified and have passed all of our health inspections,” Boyce told the Press Tribune.

It is unclear how Blue Nami plans to redeem itself, but Lui mentioned of unspecified promotions in the future.

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