Ever taken a bite of your fried chicken and had it taste weird? Maybe it didn’t sit right in your mouth because it was shaped differently, and… maybe possibly a rat?
You start thinking about it, how easy it would be for one of those suckers to accidentally slip into the fryer and wind up in your bucket of finger-lickin’ goodness. It sounds plausible, right?
It definitely does if you’re Devorise Dixon.
Dixon, a Californian security guard, claims that after ordering from a KFC location in Wilmington, what he was served wasn’t bird at all.
“As I bit into it I noticed that it was very hard and rubbery which made me look at it. As I looked down at it I noticed that it was was in a shape of a rat with a tail,” he wrote to the store’s manager.
CNN has video of Devorise claiming that he was indeed served a rat on a local radio show, adding that when he returned to the KFC location the manager on duty confirmed that he might have actually bitten into a fried rodent. Dixon turned down a free meal, tossed the suspect tender in his freezer, and posted photos of it on his Facebook page.
KFC acted quickly on the Colonel’s behalf, trying to get Dixon to release the alleged rat tender to them for further analysis, but he didn’t seem to want to give up the goods.
“KFC has made various attempts to contact this customer, but he is refusing to talk to us directly or through an attorney,” KFC told a customer on Facebook. “Our chicken tenders often vary in size and shape, and we currently have no evidence to support this allegation.”
Might it be because it’s not a rat after all, but regular ol’ white meat with a thin strand of breading dangling from it?
An alternate angle from the LA Times of the tender in question after Dixon’s bite alleges that this is conventional chicken and nothing more, and it certainly doesn’t look all that ratty from here.
In response to these other photos of the "rat,” a PR rep for KFC reached out to Gawker with a statement:
A customer has made a serious claim against KFC and refuses to cooperate in the investigation. The images the customer originally posted do not include this second angle because it clearly shows it’s a piece of hand-breaded white meat chicken. Based on this, and the fact that he refuses to allow anyone to see the product, we are left to believe that he intended to deceive the public with this hoax and we are considering all options.
So there you have it (maybe). Who knows what Dixon’s punishment will be, if any? Maybe KFC can force him to actually take a bite out of a fried rat.