Lab test con­firms: It was chicken

KFC says cus­tomer who claims he re­ceived a fried rat should apol­o­gize.

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica. rocha @ latimes. com Twit­ter: @ Veroni­caRochaLA

A now- vi­ral photo of a piece of KFC chicken that re­sem­bled a crispy, fried rat drew skep­tics and shocked oth­ers on so­cial media.

Many won­dered if it was a golden piece of chicken or a fried rat, as Los An­ge­les res­i­dent Devorise Dixon claimed.

The photo showed a large rat- shaped piece of chicken at­tached to a longer string of fried bread­ing, ap­pear­ing to be a tail. Now the re­sults are in. A third- party in­de­pen­dent lab tested the sus­pi­cious meal and de­ter­mined it was un­doubt­edly a piece of hand- breaded chicken — an as­ser­tion KFC stood f irm on.

KFC is now sort of ask­ing for an apol­ogy.

“The right thing for this cus­tomer to do is to apol­o­gize and cease mak­ing false claims about the KFC brand,” KFC said.

It’s un­clear whether Dixon will apol­o­gize or move for­ward with any le­gal ac­tion. Dixon re­tained an at­tor­ney, who agreed to turn over the piece of chicken to the lab, KFC said.

Dixon, they said, has re­fused to com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly with KFC of­fi­cials.

On June 12, Dixon posted the photo on Face­book, and within hours an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched.

Dixon claimed to have pur­chased the meal at a KFC at Wilm­ing­ton Av­enue and 120th Street, but the res­tau­rant owner said se­cu­rity video doesn’t show him as an ac­tual cus­tomer.

From the be­gin­ning, KFC said Dixon’s claim was a hoax.

On Wed­nes­day, the com­pany re­leased a pho­to­graph show­ing var­i­ous an­gles of the chicken.

It ap­pears a bite was taken from the piece, ex­pos­ing white meat.

But Dixon said last week he knows what he bit into.

“Hon­estly, it doesn’t mat­ter what oth­ers think I know what I bit into and what it looks like never in life have … seen a chicken strip with a long tail,” he wrote.

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