On Monday, a Canadian man was shocked to find out that the McDonald’s coffee he was drinking on his way to work contained a dead mouse … and he didn’t find out about it until after he finished the whole thing.
Ron Morais of Fredericton said, ‘I always take the lid off to get my last sip of coffee. And when I took the lid off, there was a little bit of a surprise in my coffee cup. It was a dead mouse.’
And the dead mouse wasn’t alone. Morais said the rodent left ‘a few little, shall we say, presents’ (aka feces) at the bottom of the cup.
Two of Morais’ work colleagues also corroborated his story. Via CBC:>
“Unless I had been there and seen Ron drink all that coffee down to the last drop, I would have been, like, ‘You’re lying,’” said one colleague, Brad Patterson.
Jennifer LaHaye, another co-worker who saw the mouse, recalls Morais’s reaction.
“’Oh my God, there’s a mouse in my coffee,’ is what he says. I turn around and look at him. The first time I looked, I actually looked and it’s really, he’s not joking,” LaHaye said.
“Like is he OK — and after that, I got green to the gills.”
On learning about the situation, McDonald’s issued a lengthy statement, where it maintained that there were no mice issues in the local restaurant where Morais purchased the coffee:
Food safety and quality are a top priority for McDonald’s Canada and all of our restaurants are held to high industry standards. We have strict policies and procedures in place to ensure our guests receive the highest quality product when they visit our restaurants.
We take allegations involving cleanliness and sanitation very seriously. Upon learning of this situation, the local franchisee immediately began an investigation, including working closely with the local public health authority who conducted an inspection this morning following receiving a complaint. Both the local health authority and an independent inspection by a pest control company of the interior and exterior today found no evidence of any pest issues in the building.
We are continuing to investigate this isolated incident and have reached out to the customer to obtain the product sample. Until such time as we are able to collect all the necessary facts and laboratory results to conclude a full review, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further. Similarly, we would also caution against jumping to conclusions until more details are available.
When it comes to lawsuits, McDonald’s need not to worry, ‘cos Morais simply wants to know how the mouse got into his cup.
‘I’d like to know how the mouse got in the cup of coffee,’ he said. ‘I mean, hey, you know. I’m here. And I’m in better shape than the mouse.’