Fast food joints certainly aren't known for their quality — it's rumored Taco Bell, for instance, cooks grade D meat.
But grade D meat is still much more preferable than rat meat -- a lesson one KFC branch recently learned due to an unfortunate accident.
Los Angeles resident Devorise Dixon recently sat down to enjoy a three-piece meal from the fried chicken joint, when he discovered one of his “chicken” pieces was, in fact, a deep-fried rat.
Fortunately, he made this discovery prior to biting into the breaded vermin.
Dixon posted a video and photos of the horror on Facebook and wrote,
Went back to KFC yesterday and spoke to the manager she said it is a rat and apologized, it's time for a lawyer!!! Be safe don't eat fast food!!!
The photos quickly went viral, prompting the fast food purveyor to issue a statement.
Via the company's Facebook account, a representative wrote,
KFC takes customer claims very seriously, and we are continuing to investigate this matter. Our chicken tenders often vary in size and shape, and we currently have no evidence to support this claim. We are aggressively trying to reach Mr. Dixon, and we request that he return to the restaurant with the product for testing, or call us at 1-800-Call-KFC.
Though the company claims it has “no evidence” of the mousey mishap, this wouldn't be the first time a customer found something, uh, unappetizing in his or her KFC meal.
In 2013, a student in the UK found what appeared to be a brain (but was later identified as a kidney) chillin' in his chicken.
The moral of this story: You should avoid KFC like the plague (or dine there until you happen upon something revolting, sue, and cash in).
UPDATE: The fried rat fiasco, it appears, was a hoax.
This afternoon, KFC's public relations team reached out to Elite Daily via email to issue this updated statement:
"A customer has made a serious claim against KFC and refuses to cooperate in the investigation. The images the customer originally posted do not include [a] second angle because it clearly shows it's a piece of hand-breaded white meat chicken. Based on this, and the fact that he refuses to allow anyone to see the product, we are left to believe that he intended to deceive the public with this hoax and we are considering all options."
And there you have it, folks.