An Oregon man has found a dead mouse in a Subway sandwich, at the restaurant located at 4648 US Highway 101 in Lincoln City.
Portland resident Jay Armstead was about to have lunch with his co-worker Matt Jones, on Tuesday, October 6, at around 2 p.m. After a Subway employee prepared a teriyaki chicken sandwich with a spinach topping for Jones, she continued by taking Armstead’s order as well.
That’s how the shocking discovery was made: as the serving lady was getting an Italian sub with spinach ready for her client, she dropped the sandwich in horror on the cutting board, after finding a dead mouse in the salad.
Jones’s initial reaction was that of utter disbelief, as he began nervously laughing at the totally unexpected find. Meanwhile, his friend was just as dumbfounded, but has kept a good attitude about this event, calling it “a freak accident”.
“It was unfortunate I was the lucky recipient. It was wet and dead. His tail was curled up and you could see his two front teeth”, said Armstead in an interview with KGW.
Jones photographed the frightful sandwich, posted it on Facebook, and now the picture has gone viral across the nation. He also got a full refund for his own tainted sub, and together with his friend, he received a voucher for a free sandwich, but it is unlikely they will be using those any time soon.
The two men have also contacted the Subway customer service line in order to file a complaint. However, it appears that no lawsuit will be brought against the fast food restaurant franchise. As Jones and Armstead explained, they simply wish to ensure that this incident is made public, so that other customers can be warned.
This has actually raised fears that salads and sandwiches have been contaminated for a while at the Lincoln city location, following a rodent infestation.
The workers had wanted the restaurant manager to at least notify all the people who had bought sandwiches with spinach toppings that day. This suggestion however was met with amusement, as the Subway executive claimed there was no possibility to actually track prior customers.
Authorities seem to agree with this viewpoint, suggesting that this doesn’t qualify as a public health emergency and there is no need to contact the unfortunate buyers. According to officials from the state health department, the dangers related to actually getting sick due to consuming this tainted lettuce are in fact extremely low.
While it may not have been the most scrumptious sight in the world, health inspectors and physicians agree that people should not be in alert, according to Cheryl Connell, director of Lincoln County Health and Human Services.
Meanwhile, Subway has refused to disclose the identity of the vendor that had supplied the tainted spinach to the Lincoln City restaurant, claiming that this information is confidential.
An investigation is currently under way, with a view to determine how the rodent reached the sandwich unit. In order to avoid future contamination, all the products from that location have been discarded, and the restaurant has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
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