The Sunny Isles Beach man, who asked that his name not be used, told NBC 6 about his experience at the McDonald's at Alton Road and 16th Street where he went to order a chicken nugget lunch last Wednesday. "We're looking into it, but upon first inspection of the video footage from the restaurant, there did not appear to be a violation of protocol," McDonald's spokesman Brad Simon said.
A Sunny Isles Beach man said a rat made its way into a South Beach McDonald's off Alton Road last Wednesday afternoon, and he caught it on his camera phone.
"As I place an order for 20 piece, I see the four employees corner the rat, one of the employees step on it, kill it and they start kicking it across the floor like it's a soccer ball," he remembered.
The man, who asked that his name not be used, said one worker even touched him with the very broom used to sweep up the rat's body, after realizing he had been filming.
"At that point, everyone gets a little angry that I'm doing that. They swept the rat underneath my feet, and then they took the broom and started shouting at me, 'stop filming' and put the broom in my face," the man said.
McDonald's spokesman Brad Simon said the company has been made aware of the claims.
"We're looking into it, but upon first inspection of the video footage from the restaurant, there did not appear to be a violation of protocol," Simon said.
At the restaurant, a staffer told NBC 6 the rat was seen entering the restaurant from 16th Street, and that a pest control agency determined the rodent did not come from inside.
A search of county inspection records did turn up past instances of an insect or rodent presence in the restaurant in June 2010 and January 2011.