POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A Denny’s employee didn't want to talk to Local 10 News after roaches that were found in a recent state inspection forced the restaurant to be closed.
"Get that out of my face before I sue channel 10," the manager said.
The Denny's is located at 2671 North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.
The manager called the Broward Sheriff’s Office after Local 10 News reporter Jeff Weinsier left the restaurant and reported from a public sidewalk.
Meanwhile, the store was shut down recently after a state inspection found 12 violations.
The violations include live roaches at the cook line, under a cooler, by the manager's office and inside cabinets in the wait station.
There were more than 20 dead roaches in the same area. There were ants in the cook line. Rust was found in the ice machine.
Clean utensils and equipment were stored in a dirty drawer or rack, and eggs and butter were stored at unsafe temperatures.
The inspector also noted that the floor was soiled with debris.
"I don't have a roach issue," the manager said. "...This chick right here don't have roaches."
The manager then blocked Weinsier from talking to customers and followed him when he and a cameraman moved to a parking lot adjacent to the business.
When deputies arrived, they asked Weinsier and a cameraman for identification in order to complete an incident report.
The Denny's was allowed to reopen following an ordered cleanup and re-inspection.