A McDonald’s swastika, etched on the inside bun of a North Carolina woman’s chicken sandwich, has resulted in the firing of the tactless employee who made the Nazi symbol out of butter. Adopted as the symbol of the Nazi Party in the 1920s, the swastika now symbolizes ethnic intolerance, hate and cruelty. One does not often find it within the innards of disassembled fast food fare however.
Writes the Huffington Post on Aug. 11: “Charleigh Matice lost her appetite when she found a swastika made from butter on the bun of a chicken sandwich at McDonald's. Matice says she discovered the unappetizing symbol while putting mayo on a sandwich purchased at a McDonald's in Morehead City, North Carolina.”
Matice, whose grandfather fought in World War II, commented: “Is this a joke? Does somebody really think they're funny? Many people died because of that symbol and it’s not something that should be taken lightly. It’s not something that should be thrown around.”
From the mid-twentieth century onwards, the swastika symbol has been banned in Germany. Modern Neo Nazi and white supremacist groups continue to stylize their ideologies and have embraced the swastika as a symbol of purity and power.
To Matice, seeing the symbol just made her sick.
A manager at the restaurant offered to replace the bun, but Matice said she had lost her appetite. “I really didn't have an appetite at that point so I said I rather have my money back,” she recalled saying.
But she didn’t stop there. Matice contacted McD’s corporate headquarters about her distasteful experience. In response, she received a letter from the franchisee owner of the Morehead City McDonald's, Dulcy Purcell, stating that they determined who put the swastika on the bun and fired them on the spot.
“We do not tolerate that kind of behavior at McDonald's, and it's not what we stand for personally as owners,” Purcell wrote. “It is about providing the best level of service and care to our customers, and anything less than that is unacceptable to us.”