Last week's dubious story about a California man being served a deep-fried rat at a KFC has officially been debunked. Devorise Dixon alleged that one of the chicken tenders in his three-piece order was a rat that had somehow made its way into the deep-fryer; his Facebook post about the incident went viral, naturally, garnering more than 138,000 shares.
According to CBS 6, KFC attempted to investigate Dixon's claim but he failed to cooperate. The chain then obtained the alleged rat from Dixon's attorney and submitted it for DNA testing, which proved once and for all that the so-called rodent was only a chicken tender. KFC also refuted Dixon's statement that the manager at the KFC location admitted that it was a rat and apologized.
"The right thing for this customer to do is to apologize and cease making false claims about the KFC brand," says a KFC spokesperson. Judging by the influx of groupies from all over the world who have posted messages of support on Dixon's Facebook page, he's already gained plenty of notoriety from the hoax. Then again, it wouldn't be the first time KFC deep-fried something less than edible: Last year in England a customer was served a fried hand towel.