How 4Chan Brought a Burger King Lettuce Stomper to Justice

July 20, 2012 5:45 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Lettuce Stomper
"This is the lettuce we eat at Burger King," unless 4Chan has anything to say about it. (Photo: 4Chan)

For better or worse, and even with its moment in the sun giving way to the more popular, more sterile Reddit, popular internet forum 4Chan has been all over the news for the past few years. Some stories are more negative, painting the loosely joined collective as a concerted, organized group of cyber-bullies and cyber-terrorists. While notes of that ring true, Anonymous apologists points to the group's support of whistleblowers as proof that their heart can sometimes be in the right place.

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Occasionally, they do a bit of citizen journalism that's hard to fault.

Take the case of the Burger King Lettuce Stomper, a menace to society that we wouldn't even know was menacing us but for the grace of 4Chan. The story begins with a worker, either bored or disgruntled or both, posting a picture of himself stepping into two trays of lettuce in a posting subtitled "this is the lettuce you eat at Burger King."

The sleuths at anonymous got to work quickly, parsing GPS data inherent in the image to determine that a Cleveland suburb was the location of the Burger King Lettuce Stomper. Since getting the information to the powers that be, 4Chan has become responsible for the wildly appropriate firing of three members of the branch's staff.

Burger King would like to stress that the restaurant involved "is independently owned and operated by a Burger King franchisee."

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