A McDonald’s customer from North Carolina was appalled when she bought a chicken sandwich from her local McDonald’s, only to find a swastika symbol drawn clearly on the butter on the bun.
Charleigh Matice spoke to ABC News about what happened when she visited a McDonald’s drive-thru in Morehead City, North Carolina, last week: “I felt so sick. Did someone think this is a joke?” She said.
After ordering the sandwich, Matice went ahead and opened up the bun in order to add some mayonnaise, but when she did she noticed the swastika drawn on the bread with what looked like butter: “It took me back for a minute. It was so offensive,” said the victim of the prank.
When the employee, who was fired for drawing the swastika on the bun, was asked why he did it, he said because “he was bored.”
When Charleigh made the offensive discovery in her sandwich, she immediately returned to the restaurant to alert management. Matice said, “I went back into the kitchen, I saw two white males who looked like they were both in their late 20s.”
Matice also said felt bad for the employee who was fired: “I feel bad that someone was fired. But in this tough economy, where so many people can’t get jobs, you should have professionalism.”
“We are very sorry for the service that our customers received, and to be clear we have terminated the employee who was involved. We do not tolerate that kind of behavior at McDonald’s, and it’s not what we stand for personally as owners. It is about providing the best level of service and care to our customers, and anything less than that is unacceptable to us.”
Matice, a Christian by faith, said to reporters that the employee most likely didn’t realize how offensive such a symbol can be:
“My grandfather fought in World War II in the Pacific. My husband’s great-grandmother was from Armenia. She was tattooed and put in a concentration camp [during the Turkish-Armenian war]. There’s still a number on her wrist. She was forced to flee to America,” Matice said.
She continued to educate the journalists she was speaking to, saying: “Over six million Jewish people died under that symbol and people forget about it because of lack of education and lack of compassion.”