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6 Disgusting Food Scandals that Went Live on the Internet

October 29, 2014

Thanks (or no thanks) to social media, every restaurant’s move is now recorded and updated in real time. Shares and likes lead to more people reacting and believing a shocking story as soon as it’s uploaded. The scandal sustains itself for weeks, especially for the more popular restaurants that most people frequent. Fast food joints such as Jollibee, Burger King, and Chic-Boy have had their share of bad social media stories. In this article, we round up a few scandals that have irked the public and two that have been debunked or died down after statements from other parties.

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1. The Caterpillar Kangkong Special

Most Pinoys who frequent the net probably have heard or even followed the Chic-Boy bulate scandal of 2011. The story broke on Facebook three years ago and according to the album “Chickboy Scandal!!!”, the event happened on November 21, 2011. Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo posted several photos of a kangkong order that came with a black caterpillar for free. The incident occurred in the Timog Branch, and her album includes a lengthy description not just of discovering the caterpillar, but also on how the staff reacted to the situation. According to Sigrid’s account, she ordered PHP 358 worth of meals that included the Ginisang Kangkong sa Bawang. As she began eating the vegetable dish, she noticed that it tasted like petroleum jelly.

After going through several leaves, she discovered the black caterpillar and couldn’t recognize its shape. A companion assumed it was eggplant, but an attempt to cut the insect proved otherwise. When Sigrid reported the incident to the staff, the manager got nervous and offered to change the order. Annoyed that they thought she’d still want to eat their food after the caterpillar’s presence, she said that she’d just bring the kangkong for takeout as she paid for the dish. But the manager also refused to comply with this request; they wanted to review the footage from their installed cameras first. Communication between management and customer grew tense to the point that Chic-Boy called two policemen. Sigrid heard no apology from the management; the branch’s explanation on how the food was prepared also infuriated her. Instead of acknowledging their mistake, this Chic-Boy branch suffered bad PR and lost a loyal customer.

2. McDonalds’ Maggot Coffee Mix

McDonald’s is usually consistent in delivering its cheap yet filling orders, yet Pika Yonzon Villafuerte ran into an unexpected ingredient in her coffee: maggots. The order came from the Petron SLEX branch. Pika had already bitten into one maggot in her mouth and the other came out of the lid’s hole, thus the photo’s placement of both creatures on top of the lid. She thought the creamer had solidified into clumps and she shook the cup to mix it in properly. But the shapes continued to appear solid even after mixing. Towards the end of her post, Pika makes no final claims that it was actually a maggot, as the shape could’ve resulted from the sugar or the creamer. However, she does warn readers to be vigilant about the food they order and to always double check for their health and safety.

3. Ipis Express

Cockroaches are inevitable for anyone who lives in Manila, but no one likes seeing the world’s most disgusting insect in their food. Sinangag Express suffered its share of bad PR when one Facebook post showed a dead cockroach mixed with the rice. The customers got no apology from the manager and the branch manager did not want to speak to them, according to the post. Similar to the Chic-Boy incident, they offered to replace the food instead of a refund. The customers pursued more action by writing a complaint letter, but they received no response from the company.

4. A Hair-Raising Jollibee Burger

Before the age of Facebook, there was Friendster and one user from that era posted several photos of pubic hair inside a burger. At least, that’s what the YouTube video claims in its description. There are no confirmations if the hair was the customer’s, but the hair’s thickness is certainly disturbing and not exactly appetizing. Like other food contaminations that have been posted, the video claims the incident was reported but the complaint was ignored.

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5. Looks Deceive in a Burger King Patty

Last February, a Facebook post  on a patty from Burger King’s Taft branch went viral. The disgusting looking holes embedded in the burger made the patty appear rotten. After posting this photo, however, Angela de Lange was invited by the country brand manager of Burger King. They explained to her and her brother that the patty they ordered “was natural, normal, and within their standard,” as her updated post reads. Burger King uses frozen patties and the perforations on the bun allow for “even cooking as the meat goes down the conveyor grill for their distinct flame grilled flavor.” To assure these customers they were telling the truth, the managers gave them a Whopper to dissect and they saw the same holes at the bottom. “They weren’t as pronounced as our burger yesterday,” the post says, “and it also wasn’t as pale.”

6. Rat Droppings or Leptospirosis?

Way back in 2005, ABS-CBN reported that correspondent Jenny Reyes suffered from rat droppings found in her coffee. She ended up with a fever, stomach ache, and vomiting after having coffee from a Chowking branch in Tutuban, Manila. She only noticed the droppings after having the coffee and showed it to the branch manager. But the manager told her they were just coffee beans, and she said it was unlikely, given that she ordered instant coffee. Such a claim seems odd as Chowking doesn’t serve that kind of coffee. According to the repost on a message board, BFAD tested the cup and saw that they were rat droppings. But responses to the post contradict the news item with reports that the victim was already displaying the said symptoms and that the coffee was a coincidental matter. The link to the article is also empty; perhaps this was just another case of sensationalist journalism.

Do you have your own food horror story? What was your most disgusting experience at a restaurant? Have you seen any posts that need debunking and fact-checking? Let us know in the comments section below!

References:
1. Angela de Lange’s Facebook

2. Istorya
3. Pika Yonzon Villafuerte’s Facebook
4. PSG Official’s Facebook 
5. Inquirer

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Gela is a young adult slowly settling into her late twenties. She likes to make a mess in the kitchen when no one’s looking, dance till dawn on long weekends, and dream about beef on lazy afternoons. On some days she learns how to write good in graduate school. Her life goals include sashaying somewhat like Beyonce and to write a cover story on Leonardo di Caprio.

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21 responses to “6 Disgusting Food Scandals that Went Live on the Internet”

  1. I stopped going to “Crappy Chinese Fastfood Place” altogether after getting constantly sick from it when I used to work near the branch on Rufino. Somehow, I also get sick every time I go to this place with “Grilled Flat Chicken Fillets Slathered with Your Choice of Cheese Sauce, Mushroom Gravy or Teriyaki Sauce, and your Choice of 2 or 1 side dishes”, so I stopped going there, too.

    • Adrian De Leon says:

      Oooooh, is this W**** Chicken? Stopped going there too, but not because I was getting sick, their food just stopped being good. One time, the chicken I got was undercooked and smelled like it was left in the fridge for weeks. May asim at konting lansa. 🙁 I could tolerate the reduced quality, but that one unpleasant incident made me never go back again.

      • You got it! The chicken is indeed a bit sour and slimy. I got violently sick one time I ate at their Greenbelt branch, I didn’t even make it across the bridge to Landmark. I had to run to the restrooms near the snazzy row high-end brands for some pretty graphic projectile ralphing. Hashtag never again.

  2. Gerald says:

    I was expecting the roach found at a Mrs. Fields cookie scandal early this year.

  3. Volts Sanchez says:

    Many years ago, I ate at the Food Court of Festival Mall. Specifically at Rice Surprise (at least, I think that’s the name; basta, the one with the round hotplates). Anyway, I was well into my meatball dish when I bit into something really hard. Like, really, really hard). It hurt. I spat it out onto my plate and had a look.

    A rusty screw. A black (caramelized?) rusty screw.

    Being the easygoing guy that I am, I finished my meal, then went over to the counter. “Miss, nahanap ko sa pagkain ko, o. Kinagat ko pa.” Then I walked away.

    I know, I should have freaked out (or at least demanded to speak to the manager). At the time, I didn’t think it was worth the hassle #OhWell

  4. SnickerDoodle says:

    Two colleagues of mine ordered the Ginisang Kangkong at the Chic-Boy in the Molito Complex in Alabang. They had already finished half of the dish when they noticed a cockroach’s leg under the leaves, they moved it and was sickened to see that there was actually a whole cockroach under the kangkong leaves. This was the type of cockroach you see at homes, the long black and brown ones.
    The branch is closed now, but what the hell is up with that Kangkong dish at Chic-Boy?!

  5. Dylan Dylanco says:

    I ordered a TLC burger from Jollibee, Katipunan around 4 years back. Halfway into the burger, I bit in and there was half a plastic wrap still on the cheese. I gave it back and the manager replaced it with a new one. I wasn’t bothered tho. At least it wasn’t an insect, and in my mind, it was clean because they used individually packaged cheese. Plus, it was technically a new free sandwich. All good.

    Another time, when Popeye’s was still around in Greenhills, we availed of their chicken-all-you-can promo. On my 2nd chicken, there was a big chunk of foil INSIDE the chicken. It was weird, but it wasn’t like they could give me a new piece (for free) because it was in their chicken-all-you-can promo lol. So they just threw it away and gave me a new piece.

    Oh and in McDonald’s, on the VERY LAST BITE of McChicken sandwich, my cousin noticed that something was off. The mayo was tartar sauce from their Fillet-O-Fish. She returned it and got a free McChicken sandwich for free after nearly finishing the first one haha!

  6. Dylan Dylanco says:

    I ordered a TLC burger from Jollibee, Katipunan around 4 years back. Halfway into the burger, I bit in and there was half a plastic wrap still on the cheese. I gave it back and the manager replaced it with a new one. I wasn’t bothered tho. At least it wasn’t an insect, and in my mind, it was clean because they used individually packaged cheese. Plus, it was technically a new free sandwich. All good.

    Another time, when Popeye’s was still around in Greenhills, we availed of their chicken-all-you-can promo. On my 2nd chicken, there was a big chunk of foil INSIDE the chicken. It was weird, but it wasn’t like they could give me a new piece (for free) because it was in their chicken-all-you-can promo lol. So they just threw it away and gave me a new piece.

    Oh and in McDonald’s, on the VERY LAST BITE of McChicken sandwich, my cousin noticed that something was off. The mayo was tartar sauce from their Fillet-O-Fish. She returned it and got a free McChicken sandwich for free after nearly finishing the first one haha!

  7. Spiderman says:

    I can still remember when we ate @ The Burgr Project (Jupiter St. Branch), they served me an Iced Tea with a Spider(the typical small jumping spider) on it :(( Though I enjoyed my burger so much I just asked them to replace my half empty empty drink LOL..

  8. Marla Mariano says:

    A few years ago my kids and I ate at Kenny Rogers Rockwell. I had ordered a meal with mashed potatoes included. 1/4 into my meal I ate some mashed potato and bit into something rock solid. I took it out of my mouth and saw that it was a piece of broken glass! I called the waiter and irritatingly told him of this. He just non nonchalantly asked me if I wanted to replace the dish. I said no as who would know where the other glass shards were?! I asked for the bill — which he gave — and paid for my meal in full, along with that meal with broken glass. TSK TSK. Never went back again.

  9. Carl Duffrey Bartolome says:

    A few months ago after a night of partying at the Fort, my friends and I went to this American breakfast franchise (they’re known for that). Halfway into our orders we asked for our bill. As I was slicing my last pancake, I saw a dead cockroach inside the cooked batter. It was my first time and I’m never coming back.

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