No, Dairy Queen is not serving you burgers made of human flesh, a coroner had to clarify after a series of federal raids in three South Carolina counties led to some bizarre rumors.
According to the Index-Journal, a Dairy Queen in Greenwood, South Carolina, was one of three places raided by federal agents last week.
Quoting the manager of the Dairy Queen location that was raided, Saif Momin, the Index-Journal reported that Momin said he was notified by a corporate inspector that someone had lodged a complaint about “human meat being inside a burger.”
Following Momin's quote, the rumor mill started running, forcing a county coroner to clarify that Dairy Queen was not in fact selling burgers made of people.
“I promise you, I’ve never had anything of that nature asked of me," Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox told the Index-Journal. "I’ve never suspected anything like that. I can honestly say that’s the first I’ve heard of it, and I don’t see any validity in that at all. There’s little to no chance of anything like that ever being able to happen.”
The company also debunked the rumors on Twitter.
"At DAIRY QUEEN, we are very proud of our 100% beef hamburgers," the restaurant chain said. "We serve a high-quality hamburger with no additives or fillers."
Hi Matthew! At DAIRY QUEEN, we are very proud of our 100% beef hamburgers. We serve a high-quality hamburger with no additives or fillers.
— Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) August 23, 2019
The raid, as it turned out, had nothing to do with Dairy Queen or its alleged use of human flesh in burgers. Two men are facing federal charges for being suspected of running an unlicensed money transfer business.
Money laundering is illegal. But at the very least, there are no human burgers being served to Dairy Queen diners in South Carolina.