Published: 17:23, 08 May 2019
| Updated: 17:24, 08 May 2019
When you head out for a bite to eat, the last thing you want is an unexpected gift on your plate of food.
Yet customers in the county have been left disgusted on many occasions thanks to unwanted items in their takeaways, dinners and were found in their dishes and where it is prepared.
Here are 11 times when disgusting things were found by people in Kent in food and restaurants.
Greaseproof paper found in McDonald's burger
A mum promised never to return to McDonald's ever again after she found a piece of greaseproof paper in her burger from its Maidstone Week Street branch.
Judy Harvard ordered the Big Tasty with Bacon patty through UberEats before the suspect item, which was about the size of half a £5 note.
She said: "I thought 'what's that?' Then I saw the greaseproof paper. It put me off straight away and made me feel sick."
Unidentifiable object in Aldi beans
Aldi was forced to apologise after a customer found an unidentifiable object in a tin of beans.
Shade Amusa, from Rainham, made the discovery when she was tipping the pulses into pasta she had just cooked.
She said: "I just want them to make sure that their products are of a better quality. It's things like this that can be easily overlooked and end up causing health issues and causing people to get ill."
'Mouldy' chips puts teen of KFC
A teenager from Strood was left disgusted after being served mouldy chips in his KFC.
The 16-year-old, who was not named, was put off KFC for life after when he got halfway down his box of chips to find the offending items.
He said: "I can't believe someone would have seen them and thought it's ok to serve them. I'm a big fan of KFC but I don't think I'll be going back."
Worm found in sweetcorn
One diner got a horrible surprise when she found what looked like a maggot inside her KFC sweetcorn.
Bethany Webster took to Facebook to warn people of the find in the Mill Way, Sittingbourne, restaurant.
She said: "KFC ended up giving my mum a refund but they weren't going to at first. It wasn't until my mum said she would go to environmental health that they gave her a refund."
Cigarette butt found in Indian takeaway
A man allegedly found a fag butt in his takeaway in an Indian restaurant.
The curry lover, who did not wish to be named, ordered meals for himself and his partner from Masala Reef restaurant, Sheerness.
According to the 32-year-old, he called the Hope Street takeaway and paid £30 for his order of a Tandoori mixed grill, a curry, onion bhajis and poppadoms over the phone.
'Cockroach' found in Chinese takeaway
A pregnant mum from Dover was put off her Saturday night takeaway after she claims she found a cockroach in her vegetarian chow mein.
Emma McGarry, was eight months pregnant when she found the creepy-crawly in her meal from the Lotus House Chinese takeaway in London Road.
Miss McGarry, then 22, and her partner Jack Stevenson uploaded the snap to Facebook - with the message "feeling ill" - and reported it to environmental health teams.
Cockroach in poppadoms
An Indian takeaway was closed down by health inspectors after a customer found a cockroach in a bag of poppadoms.
The find prompted an investigation which revealed a cockroach infestation at the Masala Bay in Herne Bay High Street which the owners immediately closed to carry out pest control measures.
The takeaway was later issued with a hygiene emergency prohibition order. The venue has since recovered to have a three rating for hygiene.
Wing nut found in seaweed
A Chinese takeaway owner was banned from running a restaurant after a string of hygiene and safety breaches including a diner finding a wing nut in crispy seaweed.
David Wen, owner of Happy Times in London Road, Larkfield, was told by magistrates he could no longer manage his business.
Earlier this year the 52-year-old pleaded guilty to selling food not of the nature demanded by the purchaser, as well as charges of failing to keep food premises clean and maintained, failing to clean and disinfect equipment and failing to protect food against contamination.
Rats shut pizza takeaway
A takeaway had to close after inspectors found rats during a routine inspection.
Papa John's in West Street, Sittingbourne, was forced to close in April after the discovery was made.
It was served with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice, meaning it had to close with immediate effect.
Maggots found in town centre pub ceiling
Wetherspoon's pub in Park Road, Sittingbourne, The Golden Hope, had to call in pest controllers after maggots were found on the ceiling.
A spokesman said: "As soon as the situation became apparent, staff closed off the customer area and informed the pest control services immediately."
Rats outside McDonald's
While this one was not filmed inside a restaurant, it is still pretty gross.
A customer was left stunned when he discovered the animals crawling around outside the McDonald's in London Road, Greenhithe.
McDonald's said its restaurant has a five-star hygiene rating.
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