CBC News reports today that a man in Fredericton, New Brunswick found a dead mouse at the bottom of his cup of McDonald's coffee. The incident occurred on Monday morning as Ron Morais was on his way to work in the provincial capital.
"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."
In addition to the rodent, Morais made another unpleasant discovery: mouse droppings.
Several of Morais' co-workers corroborated the grisly sighting.
"’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," said one disgusted colleague.
McDonald's Canada immediately issued a statement in the wake of the macabre episode.
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.
This may not placate the alleged victim.
"I kind of had a little queasiness in my stomach," said a repulsed Morais.
Not everyone buys the ol' dead-mouse-in-the-coffee-cup story, however. One CBC commenter writes:
"I will say this is FAKE. The cups are stored upside down so it is very unlikely the mouse was in there. I suspect the guy is trying to pull a fast one. If so, hopefully he is charged with mischief and sued by McDonald's."