So, you guys, it wasn’t a fried rat

Sometimes, when it comes to ordering takeout, people tend to get a little more than what they paid for — and that’s not always an good thing. As clean as restaurants try to be, there have been cases where a wayward hair or something else not essentially edible has made its way into someone’s food.

The good news, gentle readers, is that the rumor of this “fried rat” that was found in a three-piece meal at a Los Angeles-located Kentucky Fried Chicken has been thoroughly debunked.

In a post that was originally shared to Facebook, 25-year-old Devorise Dixon said he discovered a nasty surprise when he bit into this piece of chicken — something seemed off. According to Dixon, he shared his concerns with the store manager who said that it wasn’t chicken, but a fried rat! Check out the photo below for yourself – it does look pretty disturbing:

KFC adamantly denied the claims and even conducted independent DNA testing on the fast food item in question. Well, the results are in and the piece of chicken is exactly that — just chicken. Even so, in his Facebook post, Dixon claimed an employee confirmed the chicken was a rat. Now KFC is alleging that Dixon made false claims after having conducted an internal investigation on their end. Basically, the Colonel isn’t taking any of this lightly.

According to KFC spokesman Rodrigo Coronel, the franchise is still considering whether or not to pursue legal action against Dixon. “The right thing for this customer to do is to apologize and cease making false claims about the KFC brand,” he said in an email to the Huffington Post.

At this point, we’re just relieved that the piece of breaded chicken is just chicken — although maybe this entire sitch is a good lesson in looking before you eat. Hey, it doesn’t hurt. And if you do find something questionable in your fast food, just make sure you know what it is before you post it to Facebook.

(Images via Facebook)

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