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Burger King denies food tampering claim by officer

Burger King managers say security video proves their workers did nothing wrong to Florida police officer's food after accusations of tampering.

Posted: Jul 6, 2018 10:44 AM

(WBBH) Police officer Tim McCormick said he felt a sandy grit in his teeth as he finished a whopper he had bought at a drive-thru Burger King in Fort Myers, Florida.

He posted on Facebook that he thought he was being targeted.

The post went viral.

Now, after an in-depth investigation, no malicious intent was found.

McCormick said he was hungry and in a hurry when he used the drive-thru on Tuesday.

"I looked at the last bite of the burger, and it appeared to be a foreign material in there. I got disgusted and tossed it out the window," McCormick said.

His receipt clearly stated he was a police officer.

He went inside and questioned the staff.

"Two female employees were giggling and laughing and said 'what's a matter officer something wrong with your burger?'" McCormick said.

He said at that point he believed he had just one conclusion.

"The atmosphere that we're dealing with as police officers today. I perceived that somebody messed with my food," McCormick stated.

Without proof, he made that claim on Facebook.

"That caused quite the got shared and shared and shared," McCormick said.

The chain began to review video surveillance and found staff did nothing wrong to the burger and no dirt, or any tampering with the food.

"There is no malicious activity on the video," McCormick said.

Quality Dining Inc owns the chain.

CEO Daniel Fitzpatrick personally investigated the claim.

"The video is totally 100 percent conclusive. Nothing of the sort was done in that particular product that would give rise to the claim that the officer first made and has now retracted," Fitzpatrick stated.

FMPD said in a statement that the chain took the claim very seriously and even met with investigators.

"We are aware of the allegations made by one of our officers against the restaurant. Burger King is taking this allegation very seriously and has met with representatives of the Fort Myers Police Department. Burger King has extended an invitation to the officer in an effort to resolve the issue."

So what could it have been in the burger?

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