A vegetarian has been left "traumatized" after a mix-up at McDonald's resulted in her eating meat for the first time in her life.
Calum Donaghy ordered his girlfriend, Charlotte Sunshine, a veggie deluxe meal from a McDonald's restaurant in Edinburgh, U.K, on June 8th...
But after the first bite, Charlotte realized something wasn't right and that she'd actually taken a bite of a chicken burger.
The twenty-six-year-old was reportedly left "vomiting and in tears" after realizing it wasn't the veggie deluxe she ordered.
At first, she noticed a "Quorn-like" taste but after googling the ingredients, she found out the veggie deluxe didn't contain the meat substitute.
It turns out that the meal's usual red pepper and pesto goujons were replaced by a chicken patty.
But despite this, the burger's box and the label read "veggie deluxe."
Charlotte quickly tweeted McDonald's and still isn't happy, despite receiving a refund and an apology.
She later admitted to feeling "undervalued," and that her beliefs should be "just as important as religious ones."
After the incident, her boyfriend, Calum, had to make a 2-hour round trip for "moral support" and took her to his house in Glasgow where she spent the next day with a stomach ache.
She said the order has put her off McDonald's for life...
According to Glasgow Live, Charlotte explained, "When I knew it was chicken all of a sudden I started to feel really sick within the space of a few minutes. I immediately burst into tears and was physically sick. I was really hungry and looking forward to it. I took a bite into it and then when I swallowed I realized this was not what I was expecting to bite into."
"Because I've never eaten meat, it didn't really register that it tasted like meat because I didn't know what [meat] tasted like. It tasted similar to Quorn but the veggie deluxe doesn't taste like that," she added.
"As soon as I realized, I froze and I messaged my boyfriend saying that I'm really panicking. I asked him to check if they'd changed the veggie burger, but when I Googled it, I saw they hadn't."
"It traumatized me. I actually got Calum to come and pick me up because I didn't want to be on my own and I needed some moral support. He was upset on my behalf too."
"It's dangerous. If you're mislabelling food then it could be something someone's allergic to. I know chicken isn't a common allergy but as I'd never eaten it I could have been severely allergic to it. I could have been hospitalized," she then said.
"I used to really enjoy the veggie deluxe when I couldn't be bothered cooking but I'll never eat at McDonald's again. I was feeling ill the whole night and then right into the next day."
Charlotte has never been introduced to meat as her parents are also vegetarians.
A McDonald's spokesperson said about the incident, "We recognize that it is not acceptable to serve meat when a vegetarian product has been ordered, and we sincerely apologize to the customer for the mistake that was made in this instance.
"We have a number of procedures in place to avoid inaccurate orders, but in this case, these were not followed, and we are looking into why this occurred. Our Customer Services Team is currently in contact with the customer to help find a resolution."