Take a look at the following photo which shows the 2-3 inch-long wiry object I almost swallowed in a recent Qdoba burrito purchased at store 002004 on August 2, 2012 (Qdoba is owned by Jack In The Box). Unfortunately, after snapping a couple photos, I threw the whole plate away, wire and all, but I did want to warn you (other consumers) about the quality of the food being served there.
My Immediate Concerns
- If the restaurant is dirty enough, and managed poorly enough, that a wire can slip into my food, how dirty is it, really? A Dateline report recently found that of 100 Jack In The Box restaurants tested in their study, there was a total of 164 critical violations.
- What if that wire object was placed in my food deliberately (or a worker was either too lazy to remove it or simply didn’t bother, similar to the “flesh sandwich” incident at Arby’s)?
- What would have happened had I swallowed the object or chewed it just the wrong way? Would it have scratched my esophagus, chipped a tooth or have done even worse damage? It’s not a stretch to worry here as a McDonald’s served up glass in a sandwich that cut a person’s mouth and chipped their tooth.
- What if I had gotten sick from the wire, either because it was infected or for any other reason? Let us not forget that Jack In The Box had an E. coli outbreak at 73 locations back in 1993 which sickened 700 people and led to 4 deaths.
- Why doesn’t Jack In The Box care enough to find out what the object is, even if, as they pointed out in their letter to me, “without the benefit of the alleged object it makes it nearly impossible to investigate your claim…” OK, but even if there was the slightest possibility that a dangerous object made it into my burrito, even without physical hard evidence, they should investigate for the safety of their customers, don’t you think?