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YouTube shows alleged sewage spillover

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JOEY DAUBEN and

NICOLE MONK

The Ellis County Press

ENNIS – Denny’s Restaurant had "mice running around inside" of its Interstate Highway 45 location, according to documents released from the city’s health department and allegations by former employees stating sewage spillover flowed into a nearby creek.

Managers at the facility said these cases were by "vindictive" ex-employees and that health concerns were "taken care of." In a memo dated Feb. 14 of last year, City of Ennis health inspector Crystal Davis received a message about "mice running around" from former customer Reggie Johnson, who said he has not been back since.

"It’s disgusting," Johnson said.

When Johnson approached the manager last year about the mice, he was told the staff had "been trying to catch [them] for a while."

Johnson’s two-page inspection report was released in an open records request.

Johnson said he was told by Davis that an investigation had been opened into the matter.

City documents show pumps on a grease trap working and "no signs of over flowing."

Those records were dated on Dec. 28 of 2007 and three more times in 2008.

An accompanying receipt, however, shows the grease trap pump had "burned out," costing Denny’s $482.80 to repair.

In an inspection notice last month, a waitress reported water leaks from the ceiling, causing damage to insulation and ceramic tile.

Health inspectors said they found another leak coming from the dishwasher floor, with an inspection due later this month after the situation was fixed.

Meanwhile, two former employees of the restaurant next to the Ennis Chamber of Commerce building created videos on YouTube showing alleged sewage spillover from the restaurant into a nearby creek.

Aside from the YouTube videos – three in all – there are no documents mentioning sewage spill over, but an inspection report dated in August of last year reports both "excellent" findings and "non-critical" violations pertaining to waitresses areas needing "minimal handling standards" with salad forks.


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