A man who was enjoying a nice warm McDonald's hashbrown yesterday claims to have found a rather disgusting surprise at the bottom: a deep-fried insect.
The man, identified on Reddit as LinkBoyJT, posted a photo of the offending potatoes, which shows a rather large bug attached to the bottom. While it has the coloring of a cockroach, it almost looks like a moth in the photo. And while consumers finding bugs in their fast food isn't exactly a new story, one would think someone from the restaurant would have noticed this giant carcass clinging to the bottom of the food before they put it in the little paper sleeve.
LinkBoyJT says he went back to McDonald's and showed them the fried treat, only to have the manager act indifferent about the whole thing.
"I took the thing and showed it to the manager and she marked my receipt so I could get the same meal for free the next time I come in for breakfast. She didn't really seem all that concerned," he wrote on Reddit.
If you search for "bugs in McDonald's food" on Google or YouTube, you'll find a disturbing array of stories from people all over the world who have discovered a little something extra with their meal. These people found an insect in their fries and captured it on video.
18-year old Hayley Parsons found bugs scurrying around her Happy Meal box after she ate a few fries while driving; she says she'll never eat at McDonald's again, although a spokesman for the restaurant did issue a statement apologizing to Parsons for what they called an "isolated incident".
The sad fact is, it's a risk we all take when eating fast food; we simply don't know what's going on behind the scenes when someone else is preparing our food. One would think, however, that a chain as huge as McDonald's could afford to have some pest control.