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Rat Salad
imageTodd Haley, a Dallas Cowboys assistant coach, issued a lawsuit against McDonalds on Thursday. He alleges that his wife and au pair found a dead rat in their take-away salad this June.

The story goes that, on June 5th, Christine Haley and Kathryn Kelley ordered $14 of food, including the salad. They drove home, where they both ate some of the salad before uncovering a young, dead rat (pictured right, the rat has been digitally coloured to show up as blue).

The rat was determined to be a ‘roof rat’, a breed which live in the rafters and can pass on such diseases as bubonic plague and endemic typhus. The two women say they are haunted by this knowledge and fear they may have caught a disease. Mrs Haley was breastfeeding at the time, and switched to formula milk in case she passed illness to her child. She claims this caused her mental anguish.

Since eating salad that may have touched the rat and touching the dead rodent with their forks, the women have had difficulty keeping food down and can no longer go out to eat, the lawsuit states. They are forced to prepare their food "from scratch, allowing themselves to see each ingredient placed in the dish they are cooking," the suit states…
While neither woman has tested positive for any disease, both have been in counseling for the phobia and anticipate about a year more of therapy.

Tod Haley and the two women are suing the restaurant, the franchise owner and KLB Group for a minimum of $1.7 million in physical and mental pain and anguish.

(Thanks, Charybdis.)
Posted by Boo on Mon Oct 30, 2006

Go to the doctor?
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Thu Sep 03, 2009  at  05:42 PM
I wondered if anyone else had a recent experience with a rodent in their food besides me. Two weeks ago on Sept 16th 2010,at 11:20p.m., I went to my local Ca
rl's Jr drive-thru and ordered an "Original" salad, brought it home and about 7 bites in to it I stirred the salad to mix the dressing and my fork hit what I thought was a large bunch of wilted greens. I lifted the soggy bundle to take it to the sink and noticed a tail and a head with teeth. Though it was somewhat covered in greens, there was no mistaking what it was. An entire rat with part of it's insides bulging out. Spit,scour,spit. I had a very fitful night.Of course I called the restaurant before it closed at midnight and warned them. The next day I notified County Health and Corp Off. This may seem unreal (still I can't believe it) but discovering a rat that has lain dead in the greens you

(Who knows for how long it's been dead but 5hours later it stunk horribly. The mind reels. Did it die from rat poison? What kind of bacteria might I have taken in? In the middle of the night it can be frightening and not to be taken lightly. I did not press charges but I don't appreciate the Cool response I received from the HR people. If I served dead rat in my kitchen I'd be mortified and very apologetic. Not that way with I took a picture of the evidence in case they don't clean up their act.
Posted by Trish  in  Oregon  on  Fri Oct 01, 2010  at  04:10 AM
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