Man Found Dead In Doughnut Shop Restroom

The body of a customer who apparently died in the locked restroom of a Greenville doughnut shop wasn't discovered until seven hours later.

The dead man was found around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts on South Memorial Drive in Greenville.

Dunkin' Donuts District Manager Cyndi Hudson tells us she received a call that a customer tried to get into the restroom, but the door was locked.

One of the employees knocked on the door to ask if anyone was inside and got no answer. They then took the screws off the door to get inside and that's when they found 41-year-old Jack Mewborn of Greenville dead on the floor. Hudson says many of the employees were shaken up by the discovery.

Mewborn was last seen walking into the restroom around 10:40 a.m., but his body wasn't discovered until seven hours later.

Greenville police say this is a death investigation with no sign of suspicious activity. The Medical Examiners Office tells us the cause of death is pending.


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  • by Dana Location: Washington, DC on Sep 2, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    Our thoughts and prayers are with a great guy and his family...
  • by jackclark Location: norfolk on Sep 2, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    this man was a great friend and a good neighbor when i lost my job he gave me food when i didnt even ask if i can do anything for jack or the family please email
  • by dee dee Location: greenville on Aug 30, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    This mean that the employees dont do a check of the store to make sure the store is clean if the man was found late nite even doing shift change. the poor family mite feel the same way if they do a regular check that person mite had another chance at life.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Aug 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    To Audra, etc...: Point taken. I have actually been through restaurant inspections in my younger years. I know what they look for, and your also correct that other organizations do inspections. I can honestly say, however, cleanliness was the number one thing they zeroed in on; restrooms included. I didn't read that the man had been given a key, but if he was, there should have been two. One should have been in the manager's office. I know, hind sight is 20/20. Thanks for your info.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Aug 29, 2010 at 07:37 PM
    Formerly: You should have thought that question through before you typed it. The guy inside that died had the key. That's pretty obvious. As to OSHA and cleanliness, the reply you got is pretty accurate... they do concern themselves with employees having facilities and hot water, soap, etc to wash... but that has nothing to do with the public restrooms the customers use.
  • by To Formerly OLI on Aug 29, 2010 at 02:25 PM
    OLI, I copied and pasted the statement below from the Pitt County website. OSHA has nothing to do with restaurant sanitary ratings. OSHA deals specifically with employees'(key word here)health & safety on the job. I have to work with OSHA on a frequent basis and have visited numerous job sites with OSHA. Never once did we visit the bathrooms or give a sanitary rating. "The Pitt County Environmental Health Division, a Division of the Pitt County Health Department, is responsible for inspecting food and lodging establishments within the County as required by North Carolina law and for the purpose of protecting the health and well-being of the patrons and employees. The inspections are performed by Registered Environmental Health Specialists."
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Aug 29, 2010 at 12:47 PM
    OSHA investigates complaints with cleanliness, updates restaurant's sanitary ratings, and part of those sanitary ratings are based on how the employees wash up, and the conditions overall of the entire restaurant, including the restrooms. Remove the lock on the door, put in stalls, or make it the boss's restroom. P.S. Who had the cotton pickin' key???
  • by Nobody Location: Eastern NC on Aug 28, 2010 at 06:33 PM
    Who's to say that the restroom wasn't checked all day. It may have been and since it was locked they went on to something else and when they came back who's to say that one person could have come out of the restroom and another entered. Would you have wanted someone to barge in on you just because they found the door locked and had to break in to do their daily check. But they could at least have knocked and if they didn't get a response then maybe their suspicion should have been raised. I don't like Dunkin Donuts anyway....I'm a Krispy Kreme fan...
  • by To Formerly OLI Location: Office on Aug 28, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    OSHA doesn't enforce restroom cleaning schedules or stocking supplies in the bathroom. Some people amaze me.
  • by What went wrong Location: williamston on Aug 28, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    Sounds like a bathroom check needs to be in place. Every restaurant have a 30 minute check, what happen here. Maybe if someone had gone in there to check on him, he might have been resuscitated. Please keep this family in prayer.
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