McDonald’s accused of maggots in soda machine — but they’re just ‘earthworms’
A McDonald’s in London was ripped online after a video appeared to show worms squirming about in the fast food outlet’s soda machine. The original clip, posted by @mcoldkentroad, racked up over 400,000 views before it was deleted, according to MyLondon.
“A number of weeks ago we were made aware of an issue in the drain serving the drinks station at our Old Kent Road restaurant,” a McDonald’s spokesperson told the UK news outlet of the alleged food safety fiasco.
The revolting footage, which was reposted Thursday by user @aminabandz, shows the squirmy critters writhing about in the drain of the soft drink dispenser as if in a compost pile. The original TikToker’s video had suggested that the Coke-loving creatures were maggots, however, MyLondon reports that a Mickey Dees rep confirmed that they were actually “earthworms.”
Upon learning of the issue, the store immediately “closed the drinks station and our hygiene team identified the cause of the issue which was fixed before a deep clean was carried out,” a rep explained.
They added that the area was then inspected by “external specialists” and no drinks were served until they could verify the issue had been solved.
“We take cleanliness and hygiene extremely seriously,” McDonald’s said regarding the worm invasion, which they claim is “isolated incident, not an infestation.”
Nevertheless, TikTokers didn’t appear too keen on visiting the burger merchant anytime soon.
“I’m put off McDees,” said one revolted commenter, while another wrote, “so glad I don’t eat McDonald’s.”
Gasped another horrified user, “I used to live on that road, damn.”
This isn’t the first time creepy crawlies have allegedly invaded a Mickey Dees. In 2018, a UK teen teen was left disgusted after finding a huge dead bug in his McDonald’s burger.
The Post has reached out to McDonald’s reps for confirmation about the viral maggots vs. earthworms debate.