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Muslim man left ‘vomiting for days’ after Burger King put bacon in meal

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A Muslim man claims he was left "vomiting for days" after his Burger King double cheeseburger was accidentally "loaded" with bacon.

Gundogdu Yuzudik, 22, says he had repeatedly asked for staff to not include bacon in his meal which he bought in Stansted airport on January 11.

However, after the first bite of his double cheeseburger, he claims it was obvious his request had been ignored as it was stuffed with bacon, leaving him 'unable to eat for days'.

Taking to TikTok, he said he has avoided bacon his entire life for "religious reasons".

In the video, which has been viewed more than 64,000 times, Gundogdu told the burger chain to "sort their staff out" as he felt that his "simple" instructions were not followed.

Gundogdu also reveals that he was left "vomiting" and suffering headaches and claims it has impacted his mental and physical health.

The Stansted airport employee said he was shocked he was offered "two free Whopper meals" as an apology, after vowing to never return to Burger King again.

Burger King has since apologised for the error and said they are retraining their team to 'minimise' mistakes like this.

Gundogdu, from Enfield, Greater London, said: "I specifically say with all my meals 'no bacon', and it's always been correct. I told this to the till lady a couple of times, and when I got my food, I didn't expect otherwise. It's just down to basic instructions. We're all human, we all make mistakes, I appreciate that.

"When I went to eat my burger, I took a bite and it didn't taste right. I opened the bun and it was loaded with bacon. Even the smallest bite made me feel mentally and physically sick. For three days after, I wasn't eating properly. I was physically hungry but I couldn't eat without vomiting. I was feeling sick.

"The thought of the bacon made me feel sick. Even when I'd be chewing anything, I was automatically thinking it was bacon. I went back to the Burger King and complained, but they weren't very helpful. They just apologised and that was it. Nothing else, which really shocked me."

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A spokesperson for SSP, who operate Burger King's Stansted airport branch, said: "We're committed to providing passengers with a great experience at our restaurants, and we’re sorry to have fallen short on this occasion.

"In light of this incident, we will be retraining our team and making sure all customised orders are double checked before they are served to help ensure it doesn’t happen again. We have been in contact with the customer to apologise directly."

A spokesperson for Burger King said: "Burger King UK understands the impact and upset this incident has caused Gundogdu Yuzudik and sincerely apologises for this unfortunate human error.

"Staff are trained to follow customer specifications to ensure they can have their meal their way and we will be reinforcing our training at all restaurants, to guarantee mistakes like this are minimised. Burger King UK strives to deliver the best customer experience and highest-quality meals possible at all times."

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