A police officer wrongly accused McDonald’s workers of taking a bite out of his sandwich after he forgot he did it himself.
The officer, known only as “DJ”, ordered a McChicken before starting work at Marion County Jail in Indianapolis and put it in a fridge for safekeeping during his shift.
When he opened it up seven hours later he discovered the missing chunk and became convinced he had been targeted by the restaurant staff because of his job.
“I know I didn’t eat it,” he told the WTHR local TV station. “No one else was around.
“I said, ‘You know what? I am going to the McDonald’s to see if they can get that taken care of.’
“I just wanted to find out who the person was and they deal with that person in an appropriate way.”
Managers at the branch on Morris Street checked the schedule to see who was preparing the food when he placed his order but found no evidence to back up the officer’s claims.
The truth was revealed more than a week later when Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced that the mystery biter was its own officer, “DJ”.
“The investigation has determined that McDonald’s restaurant staff in no way tampered with the employee’s food,” the agency said in a statement on Friday.
“The employee took a bite out of the sandwich upon starting his shift at the Marion County Jail, then placed it in the refrigerator in a break room.
“He returned nearly seven hours later having forgotten that he had previously bitten the sandwich.
“He wrongly concluded that a McDonald’s restaurant employee had tampered with his food because he is a law enforcement officer.”
The officer formally apologised to McDonald’s for his error.