Kevin Locke and his wife recently got an extra topping they didn’t order nor want on their hot dog from a Sonic Drive-In in the Annaville-area of Corpus Christi.
“She finally told me, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s maggots in the food!’, Locke said.
He then pulled out his cell phone and recorded video of what appear to be two maggots crawling around in the ketchup and relish on the hot dog.
“I walked over and looked and was just as grossed out as she was,” Locke said.
He took his complaints to the restaurant where he bought the hot dog back on November 29, the Sonic at 11121 Leopard Street. Unsatisfied with how the store’s owner treated him over the phone, Locke put a post on Facebook along with his video.
“I want to ensure that people know about it, because we would want to know about it too,” he said.
Neither Locke nor his wife got sick from the hot dog with maggots. That’s even though his wife took a bite before realizing what was going on.
“As she’s taking that bite, those things are probably two inches from her mouth,” he said. “It’s just gross to think about.”
The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District says it sent an inspector to the Sonic two days after the hot dog and maggots incident. A spokesperson says the inspector did not find any maggots or sources of maggots and that there would be a follow-up inspection in the coming weeks.
The communications manager for the Sonic Corporation put out a statement about the incident:
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to respond to your inquiry regarding the
SONIC Drive-In located at 11121 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas.
The SONIC franchisee who owns and operates this drive-in takes guest safety
and food safety very seriously. Following a guest report of foreign objects on a
hot dog, the manager conducted a thorough inspection. The manager’s
inspection did not reveal any evidence of the foreign objects or locate any
potential source of such foreign objects.
The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District also investigated this
guest report. The Health District did not find any evidence of the objects or any
potential source of the objects.
SONIC works hard to ensure every guest receives a meal that has been properly
handled and prepared and we have processes in place to address any food
safety concerns. SONIC takes pride in being a good community partner, and we
appreciate the trust and confidence our guests place in SONIC every day to
serve them delicious and safe food.
For more information, please contact SONIC’s Communications Department at (405) 225-5000.