If you’ve ever eaten at the Route 202 Burger King in Wilmington, DE, this story is for you.
A woman identified as Shantel Johnson took to her Facebook page with a nauseating video of rats scurrying about a bag of hamburger buns in the fast-food restaurant’s kitchen. “Don’t go to Burger King on [Route] 202,” Johnson warned in her post.
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According to CBS Philadelphia, Delaware Health and Social Services immediately launched an investigation after the video surfaced. While we’d love to tell you that they found Johnson’s video to be inaccurate or a hoax, DHSS responded to the investigation by shutting the Burger King location down.
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The inspection report found instances of mouse feces on and inside hamburger and chicken sandwich rolls. Droppings were also reportedly found near the ice machine, water heater, syrup soda boxes, behind the restaurant’s fryers, and under storage areas. Officials with the DHSS called it an “imminent health hazard.”
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— Matthew (@MatthewLigor) June 8, 2018
In a statement to CBS Philadelphia, Burger King stated: “While this is an isolated incident, we take these matters very seriously. Food safety and hygiene is always a top priority for us. We have already contacted the Franchisee, who independently owns and operates the location, to investigate this matter and ensure they take the appropriate measures. We can confirm that the Restaurant is temporarily closed and will reopen once this issue is addressed.”
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While most people are disgusted by this, there’s the occasional Disney princess that steps in to advocate for the poor, defenseless animals.
They are God's Creatures 2 and they have to eat! Why are you hating
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As Twitter user Traitor Hater (@TraitorHater02) points out, there is an upside to this story.
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And in case you’ve forgotten, it hasn’t been a great couple of years for Burger King.
First the foot lettuce now this.
— Chadwick (@BoarDaddy) June 7, 2018
H/T: CBS News, Twitter