Kentucky Fried Chicken might as well be called Kentucky Fried Breading, because that is clearly the only reason to eat there. But the chicken, bland though it may be, is more important than it seems, because breading on a rat just tastes “nasty.” That’s according to a man who says he accidentally tried it.

Devorise Dixon says he was eating a three-piece box of chicken from a Wilmington, California KFC location and noticed something was not quite right about one of his tenders:

“As I bit into it I noticed that it was very hard and rubbery which made me look at it. As I looked down at it I noticed that it was was in a shape of a rat with a tail,” he wrote to the store’s manager.

On a local radio show, he claimed the rat tasted “nasty,” and when he brought it back in to show the manager, she “freaked out too, confirmed it was definitely a rat.” He says he was offered a free meal, but he’d already lost his appetite.

But KFC said it has no evidence that what Dixon bit into was a rat, and CNN reports he hasn’t taken the restaurant chain up on its offer to test the fried ... whatever it is ... for free. He’s also not returning CNN’s calls. Last anyone has heard, he’s still got the alleged rat frozen in a plastic bag in case he follows through on his threat to sue KFC.

“KFC has made various attempts to contact this customer, but he is refusing to talk to us directly or through an attorney,” KFC told a customer on Facebook, Our chicken tenders often vary in size and shape, and we currently have no evidence to support this allegation.”

And they’re not the only ones skeptical of Dixon’s story. On imgur, one “smilingturtle” has posted an epic Chart Brut analyzing the bitemarks on the rat-chicken and comparing it to photos of actual fried rats. Here’s the best part:

Where’s the skull? Where are the legs? What about the third tower? Frying oil isn’t hot enough to melt steel beams! If you look at the evidence, it’s clear that this is not a rat, it’s just a piece of fried chicken with a “tail” of fat hanging off of it.

And that Colonel Sanders did 9/11.

Update: A PR person claiming to represent KFC sent us the following “official statement from KFC directly,” along with what appears to be the company’s own Chart Brut(!!!) proving that the tender was made of 100% white meat chicken. You can tell because it’s captioned with words “100% White Meat Chicken” and an arrow pointing toward a closeup of the bite mark.

A customer has made a serious claim against KFC and refuses to cooperate in the investigation. The images the customer originally posted do not include this second angle because it clearly shows it’s a piece of hand-breaded white meat chicken. Based on this, and the fact that he refuses to allow anyone to see the product, we are left to believe that he intended to deceive the public with this hoax and we are considering all options.

[h/t CNN, Photo: Devorise Dixon/Facebook]