A Decatur, Alabama, Muslim family claimed that McDonald's employees intentionally put bacon on their sandwiches.
The family stopped at the restaurant and ordered chicken sandwiches, which were reportedly served to them with bacon. They ordered 14 sandwiches and had already eaten many of them before noticing a "smoky" taste and finding a small, single piece of bacon on each sandwich.
"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. That’s why we think this was intentional," Khaula Hadeed, executive director of the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told the Decatur Daily.
The owner of the restaurant denied accusations that the addition of the bacon was malicious.
"We want to assure our customers that this was not an intentional act by our employees," Rick Walter said in a statement. "We value every customer and strive to ensure all orders are accurately prepared and served."
Hadeed expanded on the accusations in a statement to the Alabama Political Reporter.
"Based on the evidence in this incident, as well as the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim bigotry nationwide, we believe this was an intentional act of religious and ethnic bigotry," the statement read. "McDonald’s should investigate this incident, identify and terminate the employees responsible, and take proactive steps to satisfy this American family’s concerns, starting with an apology."
Despite the accusations against McDonald's, many readers felt as though the family was lying about what happened.
"I have worked as a Manager at McDonalds, this is not right every little thing is accounted for. There is no way so many chicken Sandwiches would have Bacon on it. These people pretend so they get money. I'm glad McDonald stands by their workers," one Mad World News reader commented on the site's Facebook page.
"So tired of all the lying . Compared with what they really do, evidenced by the bloody bodies they leave behind, this is nothing. I don't think that employees have the time or the desire to put little pieces of bacon on 14 hamburgers. Kind of weird they would check each one. Were there any bites eaten?" another wrote.
"I am so sick of these people!! Any proven false accusations should be reason enough to send their lying asses back where they came from. How long do we have to put up with this? Completely unfair to we U.S. citizens!" another added.