When a Muslim family ordered 14 chicken sandwiches from a McDonald’s restaurant on Monday, they were shocked to find pieces of bacon hidden inside their meal. Followers of Islam are forbidden from eating pork, and one family member who consumed one of the contaminated sandwiches reportedly became physically ill after the discovery was made.
As reported by The Blaze, the incident took place in Decatur, Alabama. The family was visiting the area but is actually from New York. McChicken sandwiches which do not traditionally feature bacon.
One of the members of the family allegedly noticed their chicken sandwich had a strange flavor, referred to as “smoky.” This led them to check under the bun, and the pieces of bacon were then found.
Khuala Hadeed, a spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Alabama Chapter, called the incident “an intentional act of religious and ethnic bigotry” on the part of the employees and said it “doesn’t sound like a mistake” based on it appearing in small pieces on all 14 sandwiches.
Hadeed described the discovery in a statement, saying, “The bacon was either on top of the chicken or hidden underneath within the sandwich so [the consumer] couldn’t tell if it was there or not.”
During an interview, a representative of the McDonald’s restaurant involved stated they were investigating what happened but also denied any wrong doing.
In a statement, the spokesperson said, “We want to assure our customers that this was not an intentional act by our employees. We value every customer and strive to ensure all orders are accurately prepared and served. We are looking into the matter to understand what happened.”
CAIR posted a video showing the bacon as it was found in the sandwiches. Most of the pieces are relatively small.
The clip is only five seconds long but includes audio from one person who begins to ask a question, saying, “Why would somebody,” before the video ends.