Coke worker sacked over filthy act
A FACTORY worker making cans for drinks giant Coca-Cola was caught urinating into a tin, it was claimed this week.
Fellow employees watched in disgust as the man in his early 40s allegedly performed the vile act at the Ball Corporation plant in Milton Keynes, Bucks in the UK.
He was reportedly marched off the premises and told not to return following the incident on Monday.
It is understood he was a temporary member of staff at the factory, where he had worked for several months.
A source for the factory told the Milton Keynes Citizen: "It was not only revolting but a real hygiene risk."
"Who would want pee all over their drinks can?" the source said.
"As soon as it happened he was marched off the premises and has not been allowed back.
"It's just not acceptable behaviour. And nobody can understand why he did it.
"The workers are allowed breaks and if he needed the loo, all he had to do was ask."
The plant is responsible for manufacturing cans for Coca-Cola, Carlsberg and energy drink Monster.
Some workers claim the company simply cleaned up the urine spillage area and allowed production to continue after the bizarre incident.
But Ball Corporation bosses say the affected can was not on the production line.
"We can confirm that an incident took place at the Ball Milton Keynes can manufacturing plant yesterday," a spokesman for the firm said.
"A temporary employee was found to have breached our hygiene processes and was dismissed from the company.
"We can also confirm that only one can was affected, and that the affected can was not on our production line.
"We submit our cans to stringent hygiene and quality tests before sending them to our customers."
Ball Corporation's canning plant in Milton Keynes is around 100 metres away from the a Coca-Cola bottling factory.
They have canning factories all over the world which produce eight billion empty aluminium cans every year for drinks companies.
The worker involved was employed by Ball Corporation.
A spokesperson for Coca-Cola Great Britain said it had been an "isolated incident".
"This is an isolated incident which took place at our external can manufacturing supplier, Ball, which is a separate facility to our factory," the spokesperson said.
"We are confident Ball has robust hygiene procedures in place, and they acted swiftly and appropriately in dealing with this matter.
"We are assured that the single empty can has been discarded, and that there was no impact at all to any other packs or production lines at the Ball facility."