A Whole Foods customer got the shock of her life during a recent shopping trip when she spotted a mouse feasting in the store’s meat section.
Brittany Ellis, from Manhattan in the US, told local publication ABC7 that she was recently shopping with her mum when she paused near the butcher to take a phone call.
"Next thing I know a lady behind us is like, 'Oh, that's disgusting'," she said.
"So that's when I look closer and I just see a nice little, tiny mouse just chewing away like nothing, and I'm shocked."
Prompted by her mum’s disbelief, Ms Ellis took a video of the mouse munching away on the raw meat.
The footage was later posted on her TikTok and has attracted 123,000 views.
Some social media users joked that the mouse was “living his best life”.
“Because it’s Whole Foods, you get the WHOLE mouse to take home and eat,” one man said.
“He’s a chef testing the ingredients duh,” another wrote, alluding to the movie Rataouille.
One viewer said they had worked in a grocery store for years and that “there’s definitely rats in your local store”.
Ms Ellis told ABC7 she was able to flag down Whole Food staffers and eventually, the butcher himself.
"He's like, 'There's no way,' and then he looks in the cage and he sees and he's like, 'Oh my God, this is crazy,'" she said, adding that she also talked to a manager.
Ms Ellis said she ended up leaving the store without her groceries and wouldn’t return to shop there.
Whole Foods told the publication they “take this situation very seriously”.
A spokesperson said all products in the case were “immediately removed and disposed of” and “deep cleaning” was performed.
A third party service was brought in for a thorough inspection, they added.
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