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Teen who bathed in Wendy’s sink: ‘Probably the dumbest mistake I’ve ever made’

Teen who bathed in Wendy’s sink tells story

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WXMI/CNN) — A 19-year-old Michigan man is speaking out after his antics in a Wendy’s restaurant went viral and cost him his job.

An internet video of Paul Kash in a Wendy’s kitchen sink in Greenville, Michigan, has turned the teen’s life into a whirlwind of notoriety and rumor.

“I am Paul Kash and I’m the Wendy’s bath kid.”

On Friday, Kash shared how the last two weeks since the video have been from his perspective. “I like to see other people happy, and it just kind of hurts the soul to think people don’t like me much.”

Kash posted the video to his TikTok account after a friend shot it during a slow Sunday shift at the restaurant. “It was like, hey, this might be funny, and I was like, OK.”

Just trying to make his co-workers laugh, he says he didn’t realize at the time the repercussions that would follow.

“But the next day, my manager found it and immediately went to them talking about if I was going to be suspended or fired. I fell asleep at like 6 p.m., took a nap, woke up at like 11 to my friend calling me saying, ‘Hey, you’re on the news’ and I was like, ‘What?’”

“I heard a lot of rumors, where people were like, ‘Oh, my gosh, you got fired, you got fired?’ Then they called me and said I was fired. I was like … I guess so.”

But, he doesn’t hold it against the restaurant. “I still think they have the best nuggets out of any fast-food place.”

The day after the video was shared, the Montcalm County Health Department investigated but no citations were issued.

“I was like, OK, it’s calming down, and then just it didn’t. The first place I went like I said I received death threats.”

Kash has decided to make the most out of a bad situation and credited his father with helping him through it.

“He’s been telling me just keep it up. If you look at it (as a) positive outcome, you’re going to receive a positive outcome. And if you just sit there and look at all these messages and just think, ‘Oh, maybe these people are right, maybe I’m such a bad person,’ you’re not going to be able to live your life like you wanted.”

He’s received a barrage of negative comments.

“I’m trying to make the best of it, looking at career options, trying to better myself. I can guarantee you, right now, it was probably the dumbest mistake I’ve ever made. But I would like to see half those people’s dumbest mistakes they’ve ever made.”

Kash is looking at starting a career in either broadcasting or entertainment.

And to answer the question everyone who sees the video seems to have: “I wasn’t naked. Let me tell you that I had shorts on!’