A viral video shows how some decisions in life can take a bad turn, as an unwelcome visitor at a Whataburger could testify—if he only lived to tell.
A guest at the burger joint in Bastrop, Texas, Brushawn Lewis, filmed the incident and said he spotted the invader himself first.
The footage shows a mouse running to and fro on the kitchen counter, playing hide and seek with one of the staff. When a female employee chases the mouse out of his hideout by lifting and removing some of the food containers on the board, the mouse takes a dramatic decision and jumps into the deep-fryer to great dismay of the terrified kitchen staff.
Lewis posted the video on Facebook where it was watched 1.7 million times and was shared more than 60,000 times. On YouTube, it generated 62,000 viewers in less than a day.
Lewis commented on his Facebook post saying: “This [expletive] is crazy I’m at Whataburger in Bastrop Tx. It’s a damn rat just out in the open! But it did get deep-fried!”
WFAA reported the management of the local restaurant was quick to respond with a statement on Facebook, saying: “In this instance, we closed the restaurant out of an abundance of caution and notified pest control. The entire restaurant has since been cleaned and sanitized. While we’ll continue to be very diligent, it’s important to know there was no history of this type of incident at this unit and there is no ongoing issue.”
Mice are generally considered a nuisance, but in some unusual instances they can be helpful to people.
This Little Mouse Loves Cleaning Up Man’s Work Tools in Shed Every Night Without Fail
Seventy-two-year-old Stephen Mckears, a retired electrician, first noticed his plastic clips being mysteriously moved around in his shed overnight in Severn Beach, South Gloucester, United Kingdom, in February, MailOnline reported.
He realized the plastic clips were not only being shifted around, but they were also put away nicely in an old ice cream tub filled with peanuts, which he used to feed the birds.
It happened every night for a month. And each night, more objects scattered on his workbench were arranged in the tub.
“One day I emptied the tub out and spread the contents on the side—and the next day they were all back in again,” he said, according to MailOnline.
To get to the bottom of the mystery, he asked his neighbor, Rodney Holbrook, 70, to set up a hidden camera.
Much to Mckears’s relief, the footage showed a hardworking mouse picking up plastic clips, screws, nuts, and bolts in its mouth from around midnight to 2:30 a.m. The rodent carefully deposited them in the ice cream tub.
“I thought it was amazing that a little mouse could lift so much and get in there in the matter of a couple of hours,” he told ITV News. “He’s very busy, he’s at it, first one then the next, he doesn’t give up until it’s all in there.”
He calls the tiny rodent a “Brexit mouse.” The reason? “Because he’s been stockpiling for Brexit,” he said.
Meanwhile, Holbrook, an avid wildlife photographer, named the mouse “Metal Mickey.”
The “Brexit mouse” is still busy cleaning up the mess to this day, but Mckears doesn’t mind at all as long as the house-proud critter doesn’t invite more friends back to his shed.
Epoch Times reporter Li Yen contributed to this report.