Pizza Hut has been called out for poor health and safety practises after a worker at its south Dunedin store was caught wearing no shoes while on the job.
Simon Harrison shared the photo to Facebook earlier this week showing the barefoot worker making pizza, saying there were "clear health and safety issues", the Otago Daily Times reports.
The image has drawn anger from the public, who called out the worker's "disgusting" actions.
"That's not normal," one Facebook commenter said, while others described it as "gross" and "a safety risk".
However, the "isolated incident" has now been addressed, according to a Restaurant Brands spokesperson.
"Restaurant Brands has very strict policies that prioritise the health and safety of our customers and staff," the spokesperson told Newshub.
"We have addressed this incident with the franchisee and will take appropriate action to ensure that this does not happen again."
Former Pizza Hut staff in Dunedin last year blew the whistle on alleged "disgusting" conditions and poor food hygiene practices in the city's two stores.
But Pizza Hut said investigators found nothing to back up the shocking claims, which included engine oil leaking into dough, changing the use-by dates on expired chicken and seafood, using ingredients that had fallen on the floor and selling food that had previously been thrown into a rubbish skip.