Identified on Reddit as LinkBoyJT, the user posted a photo on Wednesday of the hash brown with a fried roach inside, which has been viewed nearly 750,000 times with over 2,000 comments. According to the Redditor, he was halfway finished eating the contaminated McDonald's hash brown from an undisclosed location when he discovered the vermin inside the bottom portion.
I was eating a hash brown from McDonald's on the way home when I felt something on the bottom... LinkBoyJT wrote on Reddit with the photo. I first thought it was purple lettuce until I turned the light on. I swear, I nearly dropped the thing when I saw what it was. It was a nasty surprise.
After the photo was posted on the social news sharing website, a debate began as to what exactly the bug was, since the victim was not sure initially if it was a roach or not. One user offered information about the membranous wings not hooked together, which would distinguish the finding as a cockroach rather than a moth. Users suspected that the roach must have been in the delivery truck and became frozen to the hash brown and slipped by workers at the McDonald's.
LinkBoyJT updated his story again late on Wednesday, adding that he informed the McDonald's staff about the roach.
I took the thing and showed it to the manager and she marked my receipt so I could get the same meal for free the next time I come in for breakfast. She didn't really seem all that concerned, he wrote.
McDonald's has not confirmed the Redditor's story nor has it made an official statement.