LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – A Subway customer asked for spinach but says he got an unwanted ingredient as well — a dead mouse nestled in his sandwich.
Matt Jones told Portland’s KGW-TV that he was with a friend grabbing a bite at a Lincoln City, Oregon Subway restaurant when he took the stomach-turning photo with his phone.
His pal, Jay Armstead, asked the employee to add the greens to his Italian club, but when they were plopped onto the sandwich he noticed the rodents head peeking out.
“It was unfortunate I was the lucky recipient,” Armstead told the station. “It was wet and dead. His tail was curled up and you could see his two front teeth.”
Luckily for Armstead, he hadn’t taken a bite before he hears Jones laughing.
“It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, but it’s also the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen,” Jones told the station.
Subway tweeted from its official account, “The products were removed, the store cleaned, the Health Department investigated and gave a clean bill of health.”
After inspecting the rodent, spinach bin and looking for droppings in the restaurant, inspectors believe the animal had been unknowingly smuggled in via a bag of spinach, According to Lincoln County health director Cheryl Connell.
Subway has not identified its spinach supplier.
It’s not the first small animal that has ended up in someone’s leafy greens. A Wall Street Journal staffer was grabbing lunch at a Pret A Manger in midtown Manhattan when she found a dead frog in her Nicoise salad.
Pret A Manger released a statement saying that its lettuce was “sourced from farms that do not use any pesticides on its produce, therefore organic matter does very rarely manage to pass through our production process.”