Published: Feb 1, 2007
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BRADENTON - Carolyn Bovey's second bite just didn't feel right. Maybe it was a bone, she thought.
In a sausage sandwich? No way.
Bovey pulled the McDonald's Sausage McMuffin from her mouth Wednesday and there it was, she says: a razor blade protruding from the egg.
A Manatee County sheriff's deputy arrived. Photos were taken. Cooks were grilled.
"I'll never bite into another sandwich again," Bovey said. The 54-year-old wasn't seriously injured, but said she feels like she slightly cut her lip.
Authorities took the sandwich and its embedded blade as evidence in a criminal investigation. Sheriff's detectives want to know whether the blade was intentionally put in the sandwich or fell onto the grill where eggs are cooked at the McDonald's in the 7300 block of Cortez Road West.
Cynthia Kennedy, the owner and operator of the McDonald's, urged residents not to jump to any conclusions. "We take these matters very seriously. In light of today's information, we have taken immediate action to investigate these claims and gather the facts," she said.
Employees told authorities they knew nothing about the blade.
Accident or not, Bovey remains unsettled. She's talking to her attorneys.
"Why would anything like this be near a food preparation area?" she asked. "That almost made me feel worse, that something like this could happen by accident. This should never have happened."
This happened right up the street from me. I have eaten the McMuffins there bfore, no more