One of the two people accused of making a Domino's gross-out video seen round the world on YouTube pleaded guilty in court Friday.
On April 12, 2009, Kristy Hammonds and Michael Setzer, then employees of a Domino's Pizza in Conover, made a video of the two of them ruining food at the store. The video showed Setzer, 32, putting cheese up his nose before putting it on a sandwich, passing gas on a piece of salami and sneezing on an order of cheese sticks, then hiding the mucus under the cheese before boxing the order.
Hammonds, 31 at the time, narrates the videos, laughing and making encouraging comments.
The videos were posted on YouTube, and became an overnight sensation, with people around the world watching them. The fallout was too much for the owner of the franchise. Despite the business being completely sanitized under the watchful eye of representatives from the N.C. Department of Health, it couldn't recover, and it closed in September 2009.
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Hammonds and Setzer were charged with felony adulterating food. On Friday, Hammonds pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, distribution of certain food at Halloween and all other times prohibited.
Prior to sentencing, Judge Richard Boner had a few things to say to Hammonds.
"The scary thing is, this goes on in other places that you don't know about, and it makes you wonder what you're getting," he said.
He wanted to know additional details about the food Setzer and Hammonds tampered with, and if the franchise owner, who wasn't in the courtroom Friday, was satisfied with a plea deal. Prosecutor Sean McGinnis said he was.
Boner also asked if anyone had eaten the food. McGinnis said to his knowledge, no one had.
Although the maximum sentence was 120 days, Boner gave Hammonds a lesser sentence.
She received a 45-day suspended sentence and 18 months probation. During her probation, Hammonds cannot work at any establishment that prepares or serves food or beverages. Hammonds also must complete 200 hours of community service and pay for her attorney fees, which amounted to $1,125.
In addition, Hammonds was instructed to turn over any videos or recordings she had of the incident to Domino's Pizza LLC and not comment or discuss anything relating to the case to anyone. She is also prohibited from reaping any benefits from interviews relating to the case.
Setzer pleaded guilty in March, taking an Alford plea. This admits the evidence against him is strong enough to produce a guilty plea but admits no wrongdoing. Setzer was given a six-month suspended sentence, 24 months supervised probation and he was ordered to have no contact with Hammonds or Domino's.