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Three Okeechobee food service workers fired, arrested for spitting in deputies' food

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Posted at 11:15 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 12:55:56-04

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. — Three restaurant workers are accused of spitting in the food they were preparing for two uniformed, on-duty deputies at a restaurant in Okeechobee.

The incident happened on April 27 when the deputies stopped at the Highway 55 restaurant for dinner.

According to a news release, an anonymous person notified the restaurant owners about the incident.

The owner of the restaurant viewed the video footage of the incident, fired the three workers and contacted the Okeechobee City Police Department.

The three juvenile employees, two of which are 17 years old and one who is 16, are all high school students. They were charged with Florida's food anti-tampering act, and battery on a law enforcement officer.

The food tampering charge is a first-degree felony, and the battery on a law enforcement charge is a third-degree felony.

The teens were transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The deputies were notified about the incident and did not require treatment.