Police say an Arby's manager urinated in the store's milkshake mix

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  • Police accused an Arby's manager in Washington state of urinating in a milkshake mix.

  • The manager, Stephen Sharp, is also being charged with four counts related to child pornography.

  • Sharp said he's "almost sure" he threw the contaminated mix away, local news reported.

An Arby's manager admitted to urinating at least twice in the company's milkshake mixture, according to a report from the Vancouver Police in Washington.

The police said in a press release that they obtained footage of the night manager, Stephen Sharp, urinating into a milkshake mix container. Sharp confirmed the incident with police and said he had done it for "sexual gratification," according to the release.

The Vancouver Police said they are looking for individuals who may have purchased the contaminated milkshakes on October 30 or 31 of 2021 at the Arby's location at 221 Northeast 104 Avenue, Vancouver, Washington.

Local news outlet The Columbian said that on the day Sharp allegedly contaminated the mixture between 30 and 40 milkshakes were served and cited a statement from another manager at Arby's that was taken in court on Wednesday. Sharp said he was "almost sure" that he disposed of the mixture after urinating in it, but he also said that if it wasn't thrown in the trash it would have been served the very next day, the publication reported.

An Arby's spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment from Insider, but told Fox Television Stations Sharp's actions were "abhorrent and unacceptable."

"We have taken immediate action with the franchise group who terminated the former employee and is fully cooperating with the authorities in their investigation," an Arby's spokesperson told the publication.

The police force's Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit said it has not found any evidence that Arby's or the specific franchise were aware of the issue. Insider was unable to reach Sharp for comment. The Vancouver Police did not respond to a request for comment.

The police said they initially found evidence that Arby's milkshake mix had been contaminated after their Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit began investigating Sharp over allegedly possessing and selling photos and videos related to "the sexual exploitation of children." The unit alleged at least one image was downloaded within proximity of the Arby's restaurant.

Last week, Sharp confessed to downloading and distributing the images, according to the police. He has since been booked into Clark County jail on four charges related to child pornography. The police said the investigation is still underway.

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