A Muslim family from Decatur, Alabama made allegations that a local McDonald's hid pieces of bacon in their McChicken sandwiches, prompting a Muslim organization to call for the firing of several of the franchise's employees.
"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,” Khuala Hadeed, head of Alabama's Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement.
Hadeed called the reported incident “an intentional act of religious and ethnic bigotry.”
The reports claimed that the New York-based family was visiting Alabama when they entered the Decatur McDonald's for food. Hadeed said that the family group ordered 14 sandwiches, and after they began eating them, noticed a "smoky" taste. After investigating, the family reportedly found bits of bacon "hidden" in each sandwich.
Hadeed said that the incident "doesn't sound like a mistake," considering the bacon was allegedly in all 14 of the family's sandwiches.
When contacted by Decatur Daily, a representative for the Decatur McDonald's refused to admit any wrongdoing on behalf of the employees working at the franchise.
In a statement to Fox News, the representative said:
“We want to assure our customers that this was not an intentional act by our employees. We value every customer and strive to ensure all orders are accurately prepared and served. We are looking into the matter to understand what happened."
Footage of the alleged incident was shared to YouTube.