A disturbing video recorded by a former McDonald's employee showing a mouse running around inside a bag of Big Mac buns has gone viral after the man, who was fired for poor performance, gave it to a Philadelphia Fox news station.
Karruim Demaio claims he filmed the mouse trapped in the bag of buns at the Stenton Avenue McDonald's in Philadelphia after he heard it "scurrying around." He said he made the video available to Fox News because he was "disturbed by what was happening" at this particular store and "wanted to warn customers."
Demaio, who shot the video with his cellphone camera in November, said this was not the first time he had seen mice in the bread at the McDonald's.
"I was going back there to get something else and I heard some rustling, so I turned around, and I look, I seen a mouse inside the bread. Not on top of the package, but inside of the package," he toldMyFoxPhilly.
The former employee told the investigative news team that his boss had ordered staff to brush off the mouse droppings and serve the buns to customers. Another former employee who refused to give their name told Fox they had seen the general manager shake off droppings herself.
When confronted by Fox News "she denied the accusations and referred us to McDonald's corporate communications."
Ken Youngblood, owner of the McDonald's franchise, told Fox "he was taking the matter seriously and investigating the incident, and would immediately address any issues that may exist."
A further look by Fox News at recent inspections of the fast food franchise by the Philadelphia Health Department found, "the establishment is not in satisfactory compliance... And current management practices have allowed unacceptable public health or food safety conditions."
Demaio, who said he didn't come forward sooner because he needed the paycheck to support his family, believes this is an isolated incident. He claims to have worked at two other McDonald's restaurants and said he had never seen any other blatant health code violations until he went to work at the Stenton Avenue McDonald's.