Tuesday 27 September 2016

Police probe how body lay 'unnoticed in toilet in Australian fast-food outlet for three days'

Published 08/08/2016 | 13:33

The Hungry Jack's in a suburb of Perth, Australia. Credit: 7 News
The Hungry Jack's in a suburb of Perth, Australia. Credit: 7 News

Police are investigating how a man's body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant.

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The shock discovery was reportedly made at the Hungry Jack's outlet in a suburb of Perth on Monday morning, with the man thought to have entered the store some time on Friday.

"Hungry Jack's is cooperating with all relevant authorities regarding the matter at its restaurant in Balga, Western Australia," the fast-food outlet said in a statement.

"Our thoughts are with all concerned."

Western Australian police gave no indication of how long the man had been dead before his body was discovered inside the locked cubicle.

"The death is not suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner," a police spokeswoman said.

But ABC News said an investigation was underway to determine when he died in the stall which reportedly had a floor to ceiling door.

The store was open 24 hours on Saturdays and had closed at 10pm on Sunday.

Customers at the branch have expressed concern about hygiene standards at the fast food facility.

"It's unfortunate, and you have to worry about the QA [quality assurance] and how often they check their facilities," customer Felix Davis told ABC News.

"Three days is a pretty long time, poor guy."

Another customer, who gave his name as Rob, said he was concerned the toilets had apparently not been checked for three days.

"Three days is a long time for somebody to be locked in a toilet cubicle and for it not to be cleaned," he said.

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