January 29, 2009

Carl’s Jr. remembers gunned-down toilet

A Carl's Jr. fast-food restaurant in Utah said a funeral has been scheduled for a toilet that was accidentally destroyed by a customer's dropped handgun.

Christian Martinez, manager of the Centerville eatery, said the slain commode -- which was destroyed when a customer's dropped handgun fired off a round in the restroom -- will be commemorated at 10 a.m. Friday with a memorial service and a moment of silence, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday.

We have received e-mails and cards from all over the country expressing condolences for our loss, he said. People will have the chance to say goodbye in their own way at the memorial service.

Brad Haley, executive vice president of Carl's Jr. marketing, posted an obituary for the toilet on the company's Facebook page.

By all accounts, it was a good toilet; reliable and well liked by customers and crew members alike, Haley wrote.

It seems only fitting to have a formal service to let everyone say goodbye to such a critical member of our team that was in very close contact with the public each and every day, he wrote Our thoughts go out to the surviving men's room urinal and porcelain sink. We only hope that the new toilet can fill the void left by its predecessor, but so far it hasn't made much of a splash.