Mom Angers the Internet After Posting Reaction to Finding Roach in Daughter’s Happy Meal

By: Ben Campbell | Published: Dec 11, 2023

A worried mum took to TikTok to share a horrifying experience in which her young daughter found a live cockroach in her McDonald’s Happy Meal.

Yet, her concerned reaction didn’t sit well with some of the users on the social media app.

Horrifying Reality For One Mum

From time to time, people report finding hair or other usual items in their food in restaurants across the states.

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McDonald's Drive Thru logo atop the fast food restaurant

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However, one mother would find the unimaginable: a live roach in her daughter’s food. When she shared a video of the experience, not everyone who viewed it sympathized with her. Some viewers even took jabs as the parent.

What's Hiding In The Box?

When the mother discovered the roach, she immediately took out her phone and proceeded to video inside the Happy Meal box.

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Cockroach videoed on a napkin inside of a McDonalds Happy meal

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In the video uploaded to an account with the name @hopelife525, the mother can be seen lifting up a napkin from the bottom of the box before uttering, “Oh my goodness,” as a live cockroach appears on camera.

The Worried Mum Takes The Meal Back

After taking footage of the cockroach that came with the food she had just ordered from the McDonald’s drive-through, she parked her car before entering the restaurant to complain.

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A selfie of @hopelife525 as she sits parked in the car

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The mother approached the McDonald’s employees to vent about the gross discovery she had just made, and the employees stood in shock.

Employees Can’t Beleive Their Eyes

The mother handed the box to an employee and asked her to lift up the napkin.

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Mcdonald's manager inspects what’s inside of a returned Happy Meal

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After a brief moment, the employee showed it to the manager. “I gave it to my baby. I’m shaking. She ate a nugget already,” @hopelife525 said while the manager apologized profusely.

The End Of A Dramatic Afternoon In McDonald's

As the video continues, @hopelife525 can be seen breaking into tears and is heard saying, “I’m so scared.”

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The manager issues the worried mother with a refund. After this, the mother tells the workers that she will be contacting the health department before leaving the restaurant.

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Raising Concerns At McDonald's

While @hopelife525 shared the video to TikTok, hoping to raise awareness of a potential roach problem at McDonald’s, many viewers were quick to judge the mother.

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Close-up picture of a live cockroach

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In fact, most of the comments section had little to no sympathy for the mother, leaving behind hurtful comments.

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No Sympathy From TikTok

Many of the comments were centered on the idea that roaches aren’t that big of a problem and the mother should have just got on with her day.

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One user wrote, “Girl, stop with the theatrics. Every restaurant has roaches.” Whereas another wrote, “Why are you overreacting? Roaches are harmless.”

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Support For The Restaurant

One user even went as far as to defend the McDonald’s restaurant where he was once employed.

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“The restaurant chain has the cleanest kitchens. I worked there for seven years.” he wrote.

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Negative Comments Continue to Pile Up

As TikTok users continued to write negative comments, many went as far as to claim that the mother planted the cockroach in the Happy Meal.

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One user wrote, “Nah. There was hair in that box. Nah, she put that roach in there. Screw what y’all talking about. That McDonald’s is super clean. We ain’t falling for that.”

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Mother Forced To Make Videos In Retaliation

The negative comments didn’t stop with the cockroach scenario. Many users began questioning why @hopelife525 was feeding her child McDonald’s in the first place.

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@hopelife525 posts a TikTok video in response to hurtful comments

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This ultimately forced the mother to share several videos detailing what her daughter typically eats and even the cleanliness of her home.

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The Hateful Comments Didn’t Stop

Even after the mother uploaded several videos, the hurtful comments continued. Luckily for @hopelife525, not everyone was against her.

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Various users were quick to defend in the comments section. One user wrote, “These comments have so many idiots. It’s momma’s job to keep the baby safe, so of course she’s scared that there was something in there. You did good.”

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