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A tiny meth lab was recently discovered in an Indiana White Castle

Mike Pomranz
March 20, 2018

Unlike most fast food chains that are happy to sell you a normal-size burger, White Castle draws you in with one tiny hamburger and then tries to sell you a bunch more—in 10-packs, 20-packs, 30-packs, and even a “Crave Crate” 100-pack. You could say that White Castle is trying to get its customers hooked, except that isn’t anywhere close to the kind of addiction being fueled by what was found last week in an Indiana White Castle’s bathroom: a tiny meth lab.

Just before 11 a.m. on Friday morning, police in the city of Hobart, about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, came across a suspected “one-pot” meth lab inside of a local White Castle restroom. Though the phrase “meth lab in a fast food restaurant bathroom” is never good, a “one-pot” lab isn’t quite as bad as it sounds. The “pot” is essentially just a plastic bottle—believe it or not, Gatorade bottles are often used—meaning that it’s not like someone had set up an entire Walter White-style operation, churning out high-quality meth for months. Quite the opposite actually: Employees of the restaurant immediately reported the suspicious situation, the authorities took over for a while, and after an inspection by the local board of health, the White Castle was amazingly back open and running by 6 p.m. that night.

“We are proud of our White Castle team members who quickly alerted local authorities about a suspicious customer, and thankful for the Hobart Police department’s rapid response,” Jamie Richardson, vice president at White Castle, said in a statement. “We are grateful to be part of a community where everyone looks out for one another, and works together to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

That’s not to say the discovery came without incident. After finding the setup, four officers had to be treated for exposure to chemicals, according to WGN9, and the Indiana State Police had to be brought in to safely deal with the potentially dangerous chemicals. Additionally, a man in the restaurant who was suspected to be connected to the “lab” was taken into custody, and police believe several more people maybe be involved.

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