US pizza restaurant employees fired for pepperoni swastika 'joke'

The pizza had pepperoni placed in the shape of a swastika.
The pizza had pepperoni placed in the shape of a swastika. Photo credit: Twitter/ Misty Laska

A US couple are "saddened and disturbed" after finding a reverse swastika made from pepperoni on their takeaway pizza.

Jason Laska was on his way back from his mother-in-law's house on Saturday when he picked up a pizza for dinner from chain restaurant Little Caesar's in Cleveland, Ohio.

His wife Misty discovered the symbol after opening up the box at home.

"I was like they didn't cut our pizza, but then I stepped back for a second and I saw the symbol," Misty told Fox 8. 

Jason said she called him over and he was just as surprised.

"She turned and asked me, 'Babe, did you order this, did they make it for you?' And I turned around and looked at it and I could see the shock on her face and then my jaw just dropped."

Jason said the incident was completely unacceptable.

"Things like this are keeping hate alive in this world. We all need the exact opposite of that right now."

He said they tried to call the store just before it closed but the phone line was busy. 

Instead, they posted photos online bringing attention to the incident.

A spokesperson for Little Caesars Jill Proctor told CNN two employees admitted responsibility, saying it was a joke. They were immediately fired.

"We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form," Proctor said. 

"We're deeply disappointed that this happened, as this conduct is completely against our values. We have also reached out to the customer to discuss this personally with him."

Their management team has since reached out to the Luskas and have apologised. 

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