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article imageSwastika burned into McDonald's bun shocks, angers woman

By Greta McClain     Aug 12, 2014 in Food
Morehead City - A North Carolina woman was shocked and angered when she found a swastika burned into the bun of her McDonald's chicken sandwich.
Charleigh Matice, a 32-year-old Morehead City resident, stopped at the local McDonald’s drive-thru and ordered dinner for herself and her daughter. After receiving her food, Matice went to put mayonnaise on her bun. It was then that she noticed a swastika had been burned into the bun with butter.
Upon seeing the swastika, which Matice described as offensive and sickening, she went inside the restaurant and informed employees of the incident. An employee offered to replace the sandwich, but Matice said she no longer had an appetite and her money was refunded. Matice felt the incident needed to be addressed on a larger scale however. She told WCTI:
"Is this a joke? Does somebody really think they're funny? Maybe it needs to be part of training, or maybe brought up more often so that people know that this is not okay."
Matice feels strongly about educating people about the symbolism and history behind the swastika because of her family history. Her grandfather fought in World War II and her husband's grandmother, who is Armenian, was tattooed and placed in a concentration camp. Matice went on to say:
“Over six million Jewish people died under that symbol and people forget about it because of lack of education and lack of compassion.”
McDonald's has since apologized to Matice for the incident. The employee responsible for the swastika has also been fired. Dulcy Purcell, owner of the McDonald's where the incident occurred, issued a statement saying:
“We are very sorry for the service that our customers received, and to be clear we have terminated the employee who was involved. We do not tolerate that kind of behavior at McDonald’s, and it’s not what we stand for personally as owners. It is about providing the best level of service and care to our customers, and anything less than that is unacceptable to us."
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