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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.

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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.

(Photo Credit: Screenshot from Brushawn Lewis Facebook video)

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! 

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

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