A furious vegetarian claims he was served the worst ever veggie burger in McDonald’s – a single cheese slice and one gherkin in a bun.
Rish Raniga, 29, attempted to order a meat-free option from his local McDonald’s in southern Sydney, Australia, after work last Thursday.
But when the lifelong vegetarian asked staff for a meatless burger, he was horrified to be presented with a paltry option which was missing any sort of burger filling.
A vegetarian customer ordered a McDonald’s burger and received a bun, cheese and a gherkin
‘I even specifically asked the staff member who served me if they could make a vegetarian option and they said “of course we can, sure”,’ said Mr Raniga, who is a vegetarian for ethical and religious reasons.
‘There was no reason to suggest they wouldn’t be able to make that for me. After I bought the burger I took it home so didn’t realise until I opened it.
‘When I saw it I just thought “what the f***?”. I’d had a few chips on the way home but I was getting ready for this burger and it was just empty, there was literally just nothing in it.’
Mr Raniga said he had been embarrassed to show people the picture because it looked so bad.
‘It’s not like I couldn’t have got a veggie burger anywhere else, but sometimes you just crave a Maccas.
‘But surely you should get more than one piece of cheese and one gherkin. I was really surprised, it is very disappointing.’
Rish Raniga (pictured) was disappointed when his vegetarian burger didn’t include any filling
‘At first I thought they’d forgotten the veggie patty, but I think they just couldn’t be bothered making it. That’s the vibe I got – that they don’t know how to make a vegetarian burger.
‘Maybe they didn’t know or had just had no training in vegetarian options or had not been asked for a vegetarian option before.
‘They should really think about catering to their market a bit better – there are a lot of vegetarians in Australia.’
Veggie burgers are offered in some McDonald’s restaurants worldwide, but not in Australia
A McDonald’s spokesperson said they were sorry that Mr Raniga did not have a good experience but that veggie burgers were not offered in Australia.
In 2016, vegetarian burger patties were temporarily available in five McDonald’s branches across Australia but the menu option was dropped due to a lack of demand.
There is currently a petition circulating calling on the fast food chain to change their policy.
An online petition calling on McDonald’s to introduce a vegetarian burger is now cirulating
Mr Raniga said he has no qualms ordering vegetarian burgers from other fast food chains across Sydney – with competitors like Hungry Jack’s happy to oblige.
‘You can walk into any restaurant the world over and there will definitely be vegetarian options available,’ he said.
‘Now if I’m with mates and they want to go to Maccas, I’m thinking well I can’t do that now, what am I going to have?’
A McDonalds spokesperson said that there are some food items for vegetarians on their menu
The McDonald’s spokesperson said: ‘All of our menu innovation is driven by our customers, and we’ll certainly take this feedback on board.
‘We have a small number of existing items on our menu suitable for vegetarian consumers, however when we have introduced vegetarian burgers on the menu in the past their simply has not been enough demand for the product.
‘All of our menu items are customisable to ensure they can meet the varied needs of our customers.’
McDonalds said that they have number of items that are suitable for vegetarian consumers
This comes one day after a Darwin woman complained that her local McDonald’s refused to refund her after serving her raw beef in her quarter pounder.
When she demanded to be contacted by a representative from McDonald’s head office, a man with a ‘carefree attitude’ told her that policy dictated the meat only had to be checked once in a 24 hour period.
‘I said I wasn’t happy with the response and that I’d be taking it to the health and safety food inspectors and she just said ‘do what you’ve got to do’,’ she said.
A McDonald’s customer found the patty was RAW when she took a bite of her Quarter Pounder
Joining the legion of dissatisfied fast food customers is Tara Marsden, who yesterday was left hungry and ‘incomplete’ when her veggie burger was missing half a bun.
‘I was left hungry today when the staff decided to deprive me of my bun that should have been on the bottom of my burger,’ the annoyed customer wrote on social media.
Ms Marsden admitted she had taken the missing bottom bun personally, and questioned whether it was the staff taking a jab at her figure.
Ms Marsden complained that her veggie burger was ‘deprived’ of half of its bottom burger bun