Supermarket Worker Who Licked Chicken May Be Jailed
Updated: Thursday, 24 Dec 2009, 9:28 AM EST
Published : Thursday, 24 Dec 2009, 9:27 AM EST
By GUY PATRICK
(The Sun) - A supermarket worker who filmed himself licking a chicken before putting it back on a shelf has been warned he may face jail.
Adeel Ayub, 30, a former employee of British supermarket chain Asda, was seen tearing off the plastic wrapping from the bird and licking its skin, in mobile phone footage he and his colleagues posted on YouTube.
The films, which were later referred to police, also showed the group setting off fire extinguishers and urinating in bins in a North England chain of the store.
The footage was played as Ayub appeared in court Wednesday, facing five charges of criminal damage.
The other workers involved in the incidents between 2005 and 2008 have not been identified.
Prosecutor Philippa Jones said, "It is clear the group found it highly amusing and a great source of entertainment."
Court officials warned Ayub, who pleaded guilty to the charges, that he could be jailed when sentenced at a later date.
Ayub, who is described as being "deeply ashamed" of his actions, said, "I did not lick the chicken. I think I sniffed it."