Ootoya Sets 1-Day Restaurant Closure over Inappropriate Video

Economy

Tokyo, March 4 (Jiji Press)--Ootoya Holdings Co. <2705> said Monday that it will shut all restaurants in Japan for one full day on March 12 for staff reeducation after a video footage of an part-time employee acting inappropriately was posted.

In the reeducation programs, employees will be reminded of in-house rules, including a ban on bringing smartphones and other mobile devices into restaurants. They will be asked to sign and declare their compliance with the rules.

It came to light last month that a video footage of a masked person fooling around at an Ootoya restaurant, including taking off his trousers, had been posted online. The person was identified as a part-time worker at a restaurant in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, western Japan.

Ootoya has fired three part-time employees involved, including the person that appeared on the video. The company said it is considering taking legal action against the three.

The company runs 350 restaurants that sell "teishoku" set meals in the country. It is extremely rare for a major restaurant chain to close all outlets on a weekday for staff reeducation.

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