Harlem Popeyes rat head: Did Rosemary Thomas end up getting more than what she bargained for when she went in for what she believed to be fried chicken dish?
The jury is still out as to whether Harlem Popeyes served Clifton Park, NY, woman, Rosemary Thomas a fried rat’s head instead of chicken during a visit to the outlet, Sunday morning.
Posted the woman on Facebook along with a picture of the ‘offending yummies’: ‘This is clearly a rat and they have the nerve to have a 5 rating by the Department of Health,’
Adding, ‘I can only think other people might have eaten rat.’
According to dna, Thomas claims Harlem Popeyes store on 145th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. served the meal to her niece, sister and daughter, who reportedly was taken to an urgent care sometime afterward because of diarrhea and vomiting.
A report via the nydailynews quoted personal injury attorney Paul Ajlouny telling the outlet that he had been retained to represent the family, but did not have any information about what action they may take.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspected Harlem Popeyes on April 21 and gave it an A grade, with a violation centering around food possibly being contaminated or discarded improperly.
However, three previous check-ins since 2013 have found ‘evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.’
As recently as last May, the outlet famous for its fried fast food was called ‘not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.’
Popeyes’ corporate spokeswoman Renee Krapowski responding to the nydailynews said that the franchise owner had contacted the Department of Health and that a subsequent inspection found nothing that would change its rating from an A.
She also said that the owner had contacted Thomas’ family and was going to meet them Monday night.
Popeyes’ supplier told the company that the mystery morsel is likely a chicken organ rather than a rat, Krapowski said, though she added that it would be sent to a third-party for DNA testing.
Last year a California KFC customer claimed that a piece of meat with a tail-like appendage was a breaded and cooked rodent, though the chicken chain said tests showed it was chicken.
Krapowski said that she did not have any statistics about complaints over foreign objects in Popeyes’ meals, but that she did not know of any incidents where non-chicken material was found. Indeed.
I been eating Popeyes since before I was born. No rat heads yet. Stay blessed. https://t.co/jizEvpYT8S
— multiracial (@indicXt) September 19, 2016
Someone found a rat in their Popeyes? Well I’ve never found one in mine
— nobody (@mattieroses) September 19, 2016