Chick-fil-A is known for their delicious chicken based food products such as their chicken nuggets, chicken strips, and their famous chicken sandwiches topped with their own special Chick-fil-A sauce. This probably makes any chicken lover want to run to the nearest Chick-fil-A and order the entire menu, however, one former lover of the fast food chicken restaurant will never eat again after she found a rodent baked into her sandwich.
A Philadelphia resident named Ellen Manafalouti, 46, claims that she found a dead rodent in her sandwich after her coworker at Nationwide Insurance went and got her the sandwich back in November. Manfalouti started to eat the sandwich when she claims that she felt something in the bottom of the bun. “I felt something funny on the bottom of the bun, I turned it over. I said to (my co-worker), ‘They burned my roll really bad.” Her co-worker Cara Phelan stated that as soon as Manfalouti threw it on the table she saw the whiskers and tail on the supposed burnt piece of bun and realized that it was a rodent. Manfalouti’s lawyer, Bill Davis, filed a lawsuit against both Chick-fil-A and the franchise owner Dave Heffernan last week Dave Heffernan because the company “stonewalled” (ignored) all attempts to address the issue. The plaintiff seeks more than $50,000 for physical and psychological damages Manfalouti has endured since the incident occurred November 15th. Manfalouti and her lawyer finally received a response form Heffernan when he stated, “We’re not going to make any comment about allegations. It’s an ongoing allegation and investigation.”
A laboratory analysis that was provided by Manfalouti’s lawyer states that the animal was a small “rat/mouse” that was baked into the bottom of the bun. Her lawsuit states that the defendants were negligent and failed to supervise the employees and check their products properly and even claims that the employees may have knowingly and intentionally served the customer a sandwich containing the dead rodent. The lawsuit was only filed recently since the company did not respond and left the plaintiff for months without a resolution, Manfalouti states that after she bit into the rodent she screamed ran outside and began feeling nauseous, afterwards she came backed, snapped photos of the rodent, and called Heffernan.
She recalls him stating. “Oh, this can’t be good,” she later emailed him the pictures she took and the receipt. Manfalouti was later admitted to the emergency room for her nausea and was even given a prescription for her nausea as well as seeing a psychologist for her anxiety caused by the incident. Currently there is no further response from Heffernan and Chick-fil-A regarding the incident but for Manfalouti she is still having trouble dealing with the incident, which she states has given her anxiety and nightmares.
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