If this thing tastes like chicken, it's for a braver soul to find out. A California man made waves on Facebook after posting a photo of an oddly shaped cutlet that he claims to have received in a three-piece meal from a Los Angeles KFC on Friday. As of Thursday afternoon, the image had been shared more than 121,000 times.
Devorise Dixon, 25, said on Facebook that he bit into the unsavory-looking morsel and found it had a rubbery texture. He then claimed to have taken it back to the KFC restaurant where he'd purchased it. The manager told Dixon the fried lump was a rat, apologized and offered him a free meal, Dixon told a local radio show, the Randy Economy Show, June 13.
But KFC says Dixon is misleading the public and that the object in question is just a piece of breaded chicken.
"A customer has made a serious claim against KFC and refuses to cooperate in the investigation," KFC said in a statement sent to The Huffington Post. "Based on this, and the fact that he refuses to allow anyone to see the product, we are left to believe that he intended to deceive the public with this hoax and we are considering all options."
The company said it made several attempts to get in touch with him, but he refused to talk directly or through an attorney. Dixon did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent via Facebook.
"Our chicken tenders often vary in size and shape and this just happened to be an oddly shaped one," KFC spokesman Rodrigo Coronel told HuffPost in an email. He emailed the following image, which zooms in on a photo from Dixon's Instagram account.
Coronel insisted that the hoax was not a viral marketing campaign and said the company is taking the allegations very seriously.
First off, definitely a rat. That picture they used to show "100% white meat chicken" doesn't even look like the same picture zoomed in. Is that intentional and I'm just dumb and missing something? Could be, no question there, but when I look down and see a breaded something that has a little breaded rat tail and a little breaded rat face then I'm calling that something a little breaded rat.
Second, is the KFC rep really name Coronel? That's incredible. I know it's spelled Colonel, but phonetically speaking we're spot on. I wonder if that's a prerequisite for that job? Must have a MBA, 10 years management experience, and a last name that can phonetically play with our original founding father's namesake. This guy is a keeper, and to be honest his name alone has made me completely forget about the whole rat frying thing. In fact, a big ol bucket of chicken with a side of biscuits and mashed potatoes, drowning in that colonel's famous gravy of course, sounds just about perfect right now.* Well played, KFC, well played.
* Ah who am I kidding, I'm going to Popeyes. It's just better, sorry colonel.