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Fast-Food Chain Withdraws Broadcast Ads

December 13, 1990 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) _ Jack in the Box pulled its radio and TV ads in Phoenix and is trying to keep a low profile after one of its cooks was arrested on suspicion of blowing his nose into a hamburger he served to a policeman.

The man, George Juan Kuehme, 20, was fired after the incident Monday.

Jack in the Box corporate spokeswoman Jan McLane Rieger said Wednesday that the fast-food chain withdrew its broadcast commercials because of bad publicity, including ″jokes being made on various radio stations.″

She said the ads would not resume for two weeks in the area, where there are 78 Jack in the Box franchises.

Police said Kuehme, an employee for less than a week at a Phoenix Jack in the Box, blew his nose onto one of the burgers two police officers had ordered at the drive-up window.

One officer, Gary Underhill, had taken three bites from his sandwich when he noticed something wrong, police said.

Kuehme is alleged to have told a co-worker, ″That’s what the cop gets.″

He was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault, adding a harmful substance to food and disorderly conduct.

Mrs. Rieger said a second, unidentified employee was fired over the incident. She said the company apologized to Underhill and contributed $2,000 to a police fund.