I’ll have a Big RAT and fries! McDonald’s diners scream in horror as staff are forced to use a shovel to get rid of rodent
- Customers shrieked when they saw a rat inside Rotherham McDonald’s branch
- Staff were forced to usher it out with a large cardboard box amid the chaos
- Restaurant claimed it ‘ran through the door’ and didn’t get anywhere near food
McDonald’s customers were left screaming in horror when a rat was spotted inside the restaurant.
Video footage captures the moment the rodent ran through the doors of the fast food chain in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, terrifying diners.
Staff desperately tried to usher the creature out of the door with a cardboard box and shovels, as on-lookers shrieked nearby.
The incident took place at the town’s Bridgegate branch at 10.30am last Monday.
Bosses claim the rat ‘ran through the door’ but did not go near any food.
Video footage captures the moment the rodent ran through the doors of the fast food chain in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, terrifying diners and forcing staff to try to usher it out
The video uploaded to social media shows a commotion outside the restaurant as two McDonald’s workers shepherd the rat out of the building.
The two staff members then fling the creature onto the street outside.
Joanne Bamforth was standing outside the restaurant when the rat was removed and said the incident left her shaken.
She said: ‘I saw a commotion in the doorway of McDonald’s in Rotherham town centre this morning,
‘So I stood back and as the staff and managers of McDonald’s were running around in the door way, I asked a young lady what all the fuss was about.
‘She said, they were trying to catch a rat, It was at that point I got my phone out and video what was happening.
Staff desperately tried to usher the creature out with a cardboard box and shovels
The incident took place at the town’s Bridgegate branch at 10.30am last Monday
‘Everyone was stood around screaming and to be fair I was also a little bit shaken.’
McDonald’s said it was forced to briefly close the restaurant while the rat was removed.
A spokesman said: ‘Hygiene and cleanliness is of the utmost importance to us.
‘Unfortunately, this morning a rat ran through the front doors of the restaurant, however, it was quickly contained in a small area next to the doors and removed.
‘The restaurant was very briefly closed while the issue was being dealt with and the appropriate area was cleaned.
‘The Environmental Health Officer was immediately called and was happy with the way the situation was handled.
‘This issue did not in any way affect the kitchen or areas in close proximity.’
Bosses claim the rat ‘ran through the door’ but did not go near any food