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Uproar in North Carolina after Swastika Found on Hamburger Bun

McDonald's employee fired for drawing the swastika 'because he was bored'; customer laments 'sick joke.'
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/13/2014, 8:19 AM

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McDonald's
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A McDonald's employee was fired in North Carolina last week, according to ABC News, after he drew a swastika on a woman's hamburger bun in an apparent joke of poor taste. 

Charleigh Matice, 32, was about to put mayonnaise on her chicken sandwich when she saw the swastika, drawn in what looked like butter. 

“I felt so sick,” Matice stated. “Did someone think this is a joke? [. . .] It was so offensive." 

Management later told her that the employee drew the swastika "because he was bored." The store took swift action, however, firing the offending employee on the spot. 

Matice noted that she did not know how old the employees were, but saw two men in the kitchen who appeared to be in their late twenties. 

McDonald’s, in a statement from franchise owner Dulcy Purcell, said: “We are very sorry for the service that our customers received, and to be clear we have terminated the employee who was involved.”

“We do not tolerate that kind of behavior at McDonald’s, and it’s not what we stand for personally as owners,” the statement said. “It is about providing the best level of service and care to our customers, and anything less than that is unacceptable to us.”