Woman Claims She Found Butter Swastika On McDonald’s Chicken Sandwich
Morehead City, N.C. (CBS CHARLOTTE) – A North Carolina woman opened her McDonald’s chicken sandwich to apply mayonnaise when she reportedly discovered that a swastika had been drawn in butter on the underside of the bun.
Carteret County mother Charleigh Matice found the Nazi symbol on the bun of a Mcdonald’s southern-style chicken sandwich she received from the drive-through at the Morehead City fast food restaurant with her daughter. The swastika had been etched into the underside of the bun in butter, which she discovered when she opened it to place mayonnaise on the sandwich.
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“Is this a joke? Does somebody really think they’re funny?” Matice told WCTI-TV. “”Many people died because of that symbol and it’s not something that should be taken lightly. It’s not something that should be thrown around.”
The swastika was adopted by the Nazi party of Germany during its rise in the 1920s until its downfall at the conclusion of World War II. Although tracing its origin to a Sanskrit word for luck, the symbol has been associated with anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi causes in modern times.
Matice said when she approached the restaurant about the symbol the employees offered to replace the sandwich.
“I really didn’t have an appetite at that point, so I said, ‘I’d rather have my money back.’” However, Matice still felt that the incident should be addressed and she took the story to WCTI, which then spent “a few days” verifying that the symbol had actually occurred following a few recent fast food hoaxes.
Matice said the company should take steps to avoid future incidents, suggesting that “maybe it needs to be part of training, or maybe brought up more often so that people know that this is not okay.”
The owner of the McDonald’s responded to WCTI about the incident, noting that the responsible employee had been fired.
“We are very sorry for the service that our customers received, and to be clear we have terminated the employee who was involved. We do not tolerate that kind of behavior at McDonald’s, and it’s not what we stand for personally as owners. It is about providing the best level of service and care to our customers, and anything less than that is unacceptable to us,” Dulcy Purcell, the local McDonald’s owner, told WCTI in a statement.
Matice said that she’s a “loyal customer” and that she is no longer upset with McDonald’s as long as there aren’t “people like that representing them.”