We Just Want To Know If The Man Caught Eating Raw Chicken Legs Is Okay

From the days when our ancestors subsisted on raw meats to our current age of endless internet recipes for chicken (the cooked kind), homo sapiens have come a long way. Now it seems like we're having a full-circle moment, with one supermarket customer giving a whole new meaning to hunting and gathering. We present: the man who was spotted eating raw poultry at a shopping center.

In an Instagram post shared by Sh*t Adelaide, a man was spotted biting into what looked like a raw chicken drumstick straight out of the plastic container it came in. The strange sighting happened at a Westfield Marion outlet in Adelaide, Australia. The unidentified man was barefoot on an escalator and donned a black Nike tank top — apparently taking the iconic "Just Do It" tagline on his shirt a little too seriously.

Of course, the internet had a field day with the shocking photo. Some netizens were amused, but many were downright horrified. "What a day to have eyes," one user wrote. "Salmonella for lunch. No problem," another user sarcastically remarked. "Oh, my stomach bubbling," a third comment read. Safe to say, the internet didn't digest the image too well.

Eating raw chicken is a thing

We have our teeth sunk deep into this man's story, but so far, there is no word on what happened to him after his questionable choices. In any case, we hope he is fine, because believe it or not, people do eat raw chicken and live to tell the tale.

In 2022, The Daily Mail reported on how professional Chicago fighter Boban Simic eats raw meat and finds it "refreshing." His favorite protein? Raw chicken. "Out of all the things I've eaten raw, this is the tastiest thing," he said while holding a chicken thigh in a YouTube video. According to Simic, eating raw meat has never caused him any illness.

Eating raw chicken isn't just an individual preference; it also spans entire cultures. In southern Japan, for example, special restaurants serve torisashi, a variety of raw chicken sashimi. The USDA doesn't recommend consuming raw chicken since it may contain bacteria like salmonella, but Japanese restaurants serving the traditional dish take precautions to maintain the freshness and quality of the poultry. However, Healthline suggests that consuming such chicken is still risky.