A Viral Video Captured A Mouse Jumping Into Deep Fryer At A Whataburger In Texas And We’re Ready To Puke
It’s all fun and games until you see rodents running around some of your favorite restaurants. Once that happens, it’s game over and you can’t unsee it nor can you trust that food establishment ever again probably. Sure, it’s fun to crack jokes and make memes about rodent-infested restaurants once a viral photo or video make rounds, but if you really think about it… it’s pretty freaking disgusting.
On Saturday, a Facebook user identified as Brushawn Lewis uploaded a video of a mouse crawling around a Whataburger counter in Bastrop, Texas.
The rat can be seen walking around the corner, surrounded by seasoning and what looks like curly fries, near the deep fryers.
During the recording of the video, you can hear other customers (aside from Brushawn Lewis) calling it “disgusting” and “nasty,” in complete shock that there’s a mouse hanging out near where their food was cooked. Who knows how long this was going on for, before the recording of the video, because no employee at Whataburger tries to intervene just yet. Instead, one employee announces to everyone in the Bastrop, Texas location that customers can get their money back with proof of receipt.
Finally, a customer steps up to the plate, walks behind the counter, and tries to catch the mouse with her bare hands.
As the woman finally though she got a hold of the mouse to capture it, it jumped up and fell into the deep fryer. As soon as that happened, everyone in the Whataburger went nuts. “Who wants a deep-fried rat?” you can hear someone saying. After a couple of minutes inside the deep fryer, someone else went behind the counter to try and save the mouse but at this point, it looks like it might be too late. Then finally, an employee tried to make an attempt at turning off the deep fryer.
“I’ve seen it all,” Lewis, the man who posted the video on Facebook, said turning the camera to himself. Yup, we’re right there with you.
Quickly, the video went viral and everyone on Twitter started making memes out of the poor, now deep-fried, mouse.
“Imagine being a mouse and waking up in a mouse paradise like Whataburger, only to have your day end by boiling alive like a Protestant living under Mary I of England,” one Twitter user said.
Of course, someone had to make a Ratatouille joke.
Well, I guess now we’ll never know because that poor mouse is most likely dead.
So, are y’all going back to eat at Whataburger anytime soon?
It’s a tough one, but you can’t unsee that video. We’re pretty disgusted.
According to Eater Austin, Brushawn Lewis told KVUE that everyone who was dining at that Whataburger location when the incident happened received a refund. His viral video has since gotten over 2.1 million views, over 77,000 shares, and 1,300 comments.
Whataburger also commented on the video Lewis posted on Facebook with the following statement:
“Thank you for bringing this to our attention. At Whataburger, cleanliness and food safety are top priorities for us. In this instance, we closed the restaurant out of an abundance of caution and notified pest control. The entire restaurant has since been cleaned and sanitized. We addressed this situation as quickly as possible, reinforcing procedures with our Family Members. While we’ll continue to be very diligent, it’s important to know there was no history of this type incident at this unit and there is no ongoing issue. A member of our team would like to reach out and address any concerns. Can you please share your contact information with us?”
According to Gizmodo, the statement above has since been removed by Whataburger but it’s unclear as to why they removed it.
Since closing down to sanitize that specific Whataburger location, the restaurant has now reopened and it’s back to their scheduled programming.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the San Antonio-based company has more than 800 locations with more than 670 being in Texas and a few more in Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida, and Georgia. We hope the Bastrop Whataburger has been the only affected by this rodent infestation.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen news of a mouse making an appearance at a fast food joint or restaurant. Earlier this summer in June, it was reported that a woman (traveling from Texas) said a rat fell from the ceiling at a Buffalo Wild Wings location in Los Angeles.
A photo of the dead rat falling from the ceiling onto her table also made rounds on social media after it was posted. According to the woman, a manager quickly scooped up the rat with two plates and dumped it into a bag. But even then, that wasn’t the L.A. welcome she was hoping for.
Have you ever witnessed or experienced something like this? Let us know in the comments below!