Customer brings dead raccoon into McDonald's

SAN FRANCISCO -- A man carried a dead raccoon into a McDonald's in San Francisco and sat down with it at a table.

Video of the disturbing incident prompted the restaurant and the Department of Public Health to take quick action

"Wow, (expletive) this guy brings a damn raccoon into the McDonald's," said Chris Brooks on his cell phone video.

Brooks came to McDonald's on Sunday to grab breakfast when he says everything went wrong.

"I'm standing at the counter, guy comes in yelling 'help, help,'" said Brooks.

Brooks and other customers were stunned to see what the man calling for help was holding.

"I didn't know if the raccoon was dead or alive, my thought was to get out of the way," Brooks added.

Brooks ran out, recording video through the window. On the video, someone in the restaurant removes the bloody animal, dumping it in a trash can outside.

The Department of Environmental Health says the restaurant closed for five hours Sunday to disinfect the dining room. Health inspectors say it's now safe.

"We want to assure the public that McDonald's addressed the problem appropriately. They cleaned it, sanitized it which is the main thing for us," said Stephanie Cushing, Director of Environmental Health.

Brooks tried confronting the suspected homeless man on why he brought a raccoon into McDonald's.

SFPD officers responded and gave the man a mental health evaluation and determined he did not need to be detained.

Animal control staff removed the raccoon carcass from the restaurant property.

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