A Wisconsin dad was outraged when he ordered his 4-year-old a McDonald’s Happy Meal but instead of finding a new toy, his son found a razor knife.
Scot Dymond is now warning other families to check their children’s food just in case an “unhappy surprise” is hidden in their meal.
A Columbus dad says instead of a happy meal toy, his 4-yo son got this unhappy surprise from the local McDonald's. Police believe this razor, used as a cleaning tool, made its way into the happy meal box by mistake. @WISCTV_News3 #news3now pic.twitter.com/bL1Cpg0abr
— Madalyn O'Neill (@news3madalyn) March 4, 2019
Dymond told WMTV that he and his son Emmett went through the drive-thru on Sunday to get a Happy Meal. Once they returned home, however, Dymond discovered his son’s “toy” was actually a sharp cutting tool. He explained:
“He came running out, happy to have a toy. I happened to see what it was and I grabbed it from him.”
The dad told Channel 3000:
“He was super excited he had a new toy. He started waving it around, and I realized it was actually a razor knife.”
Dymond immediately called the McDonald’s to report the dangerous object.
He recalled to WMTV:
“I was angry. I was upset. The manager said they were sorry and they could comp us a free meal. I don’t want a meal. I want my kid to be safe and everyone else’s kids to be safe.
“I couldn’t imagine him cutting his arm open, or even losing a finger, because it’s so sharp.”
Displeased with the restaurant’s response, the father took things a step further and reported the incident to police.
Columbus Police Department Chief Dennis Weiner doesn’t believe anyone wanted to harm the 4-year-old and called the incident a “fluke.”
But he warned others to remain vigilant about checking items that are given to children. Weiner explained:
“(It’s) kinda scary, kinda scary. I understand the blade was also extended when it was found in the box as well. I’m sure they were surprised to not have a toy.”
Weiner believes the tool may have fallen into the open Happy Meal box while an employee was preparing food.
Channel 3000 reached out to the restaurant for comment. Dion Conn, the McDonald’s owner and operator, said:
“The safety and security of our customers is a top priority.”
He’s working with local authorities and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections to investigate the incident.