On February 5th, 2019, Ada Hood gathered up her roommates to make a midnight trip to the Wendy's on Highway 12 in Starkville, Mississippi, as most college students do regularly.
Wendy's is known for its "4 for 4" deal where customers get a small entree, chicken nuggets, fries, and a drink for only $4. It is a super tasty but inexpensive meal which directly markets to college students.
Ada was the unlucky college student that was served a chicken nugget... without chicken. Inside the nugget was a chicken foot made up cartilage and bone that Ada discovered AFTER biting into the nugget. She described the experience as "utterly disgusting" and confirmed in her Facebook Post, which is quickly gaining attention around the Starkville area, that she threw up for thirty minutes after.
The picture doesn't do this foot justice, but last night I bit into a chicken nugget from Wendy's & pulled this chicken foot out of it. This could have easily been choked on if I didn't bite into it....
Not only did the post gain the public's attention, but it also gained Wendy's attention via Twitter. Wendy's reached out to ask Ada for her information and the location at which she purchased her food. The customer service representative assured that the situation would be taken care of and pressured Ada to delete her public post since "Wendy's will take care of it and will conduct an investigation."
However, this is not the only instance this has happened. Multiple other people have commented on Ada's post sharing their similar experiences with that Wendy's location. One of the commenters includes Kelsey Cour who shared that "This happened to a friend of mine a few weeks ago at the same Wendy's. They said they took care of the issue but clearly, they did not."
Just two hours away from Starkville at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, an experiment was conducted to determine if chicken nuggets are actually chicken. How fitting. In the results, which are published in The American Journal of Medicine, it was found that both chicken nuggets contained less than 20% of skeletal muscle.
There has always been speculation about the meats served at fast food restaurants, but finding a chicken foot in a chicken nugget... is too much and needs to be corrected across the board.