Starbucks might be on the hook for the disgusting thing that ended up in a customer's drink.
A family in California is suing their local Starbucks after a barista’s blood allegedly ended up in their Frappuccino, reported People.
Back in 2016, Amanda and Louis Vice ordered multiple drinks at a San Bernardino Starbucks location. After they received their order, they say their 2-year-old daughter, Payton, began licking whipped cream off the Java Chip Frappuccino.
Quickly after, according to the family's lawsuit, a family member noticed both a “red smear” on the cup as well as a “strong metallic smell.”
“Once we drank it, then we could see on the inside of the rim that there was blood,” said Amanda Vice. “She was licking the whipped cream where it had been sitting on top.”
Her husband added that he then called Starbucks saying, “My wife and my baby just drank someone’s blood.”
According to a news release from the family’s lawyer Stan Pekler, Starbucks acknowledged that a barista had been bleeding. She had been instructed to stop making customer’s drinks.
The manager allegedly offered the family free drinks for a week. Later, the company offered them $1,000 each. Pekler says they turned down the money because it “does not begin to compensate the family for suffered injuries and damages for which Starbucks is liable.”
In response to the lawsuit, Starbucks spokesman Reggie Borges tells PEOPLE: “We’ve been working directly with [the family] to find a resolution since this allegedly happened almost two years ago, so we were surprised that they filed a lawsuit last week. And we were even more surprised that their legal team put out a news release on Wednesday and felt the need to blast it out to media.”
He added, “We’ll continue to try to work with the family to try to come to a resolution and get a better understanding of what they feel is fair based on these allegations. But now that it’s become a lawsuit we are fully prepared to make our case on this matter.”
After the incident, blood tests were done, which indicated that no diseases had been transmitted to Amanda or Payton. However, they are still suing on grounds that it caused “stress, nervousness, fright, anguish, grief, anxiety, worry, and shock,” alleging several torts including negligence and emotional distress.
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