A North Carolina woman was shocked, WCTI-TV reported, when she went to put mayonnaise on her McDonald’s chicken sandwich and found a disturbing symbol etched in the bun: a butter swastika.
Charleigh Matice told WCTI that she was offended by the Nazi symbol, especially considering that her grandfather had fought in World War II.
“Many, many people died under that symbol, because of it, and it’s not something that should be taken lightly,” Matice said. “It’s not something that should be thrown around.”
She said the sight made her lose her appetite, and she demanded and got a refund of her money.
The owner of the McDonald’s, in Morehead City, North Carolina, told WCTI that the employee responsible for the anti-Semitic symbol had been fired.
“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,” said owner Dulcy Purcell. “It is about providing the best level of service and care to our customers, and anything less than that is unacceptable to us.”
Matice said she was happy the employee had been let go, and she advised that McDonald’s consider extra training to ensure such offensive gestures are not repeated.
She also said she’s a loyal McDonald’s customer and plans to eat there in the future.
Whether the swastika was a tasteless joke or a serious anti-Semitic statement is unclear.
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