Employees at Oracle’s campus in Bangalore, India, have long grumbled about the shoddy quality of the food served in the company cafeteria, but it’s safe to say that no one ever expected to find a dead reptile in their lunch.
But that’s apparently what happened earlier this week in the cafeteria at Oracle’s Global Financial Information Center (GFIC) office, located in Bangalore’s Prestige Tech Park. According to a report from the Bangalore Mirror, an Oracle staffer “got the shock of his life” when he found a dead lizard in a bowl of sambar, a spicy vegetable soup made from tamarind and pigeon peas that is popular in southern India.
Since the incident, an office email has been circulating with the subject line “Lizard in canteen meal today.” And if that weren’t enough to grab people’s attention, the email also contains photos of the dead reptile.
In the wake of the disgusting discovery, employees are demanding that Oracle hire a new caterer. “It’s a shame that a lizard was found in the food,” one Oracle employee told the Bangalore Mirror. “This is the kind of catering service we have in the global tech giant’s office.”
Jayaraman Ramamoorthy, the vice president of Oracle Real Estate and Facilities who oversees cafeteria operations, offered the following response in an email to the Bangalore Mirror: “We are very concerned and will do our very best to ensure hygiene and employee safety.”