A man found meth in his milkshake at a California In-N-Out, and now he is suing the fast food chain for the find and the troubles it caused him. This lawsuit is now generating headlines this weekend.
According to Fox News, Fred Maldonado visited an In-N-Out Burger in Downey, California, in March 2014, and he order a burger and a drink via the drive-thru window. He returned to his nearby motel room, and he proceeded to eat.
It was not until he woke up the next morning that he found two capsules and a napkin at the bottom of his drink cup. He immediately returned to the restaurant, and he informed the manager of his find. The manager gave him a certificate for a free burger for his trouble.
Some might think the incident would end there, but it did not.
The man decided to investigate further. According to Food World News, testing was done at the Utica Toxicology Service on the two capsules a few days later, and it was discovered that the capsules were methamphetamine. The drug was also found on the napkin inside the cup.
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) August 2, 2015
The lawsuit claim states that the “[p]laintiff did not initially know what the two capsules were, but later testing revealed that they were methamphetamine and that it appeared that they may have been illicitly manufactured.”
After he drank his soft drink from the restaurant, Maldonado claimed that he felt “nausea and severe mental illness.” A person who takes methamphetamines can feel various symptoms, including “wakefulness, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure.”
In-N-Out is fighting the lawsuit, and they deny the claims made by Maldonado. Arnie Wensinger, an executive vice president with In-N-Out, released a statement after the man filed his lawsuit on Wednesday.
“At In-N-Out Burger, we have always served the freshest, highest quality burgers, fries, and drinks and customer safety is one of our highest priorities. We will vigorously defend these baseless claims. Due to the fact that this matter involves ongoing litigation, we will unfortunately not be able to comment any further.”
This is not the only time a shocking find in a restaurant served drink made headlines this year. The Inquisitr reported on another shocking find in a drink served at a restaurant last month. A couple visited their local Chili’s for a meal, and the service was so bad that their waiter spit into their drink.
Ken Yerdon complained about his meal, and he asked for his soda to be put into a cup to go. When he opened the drink outside the establishment, he found spit inside. DNA testing proved that it was his waiter who spit into his drink. After the discovery, Yerdon filed a lawsuit against Chili’s and its parent company.
Some might think finds like this are rare, but people have found stranger things in their food after bringing it home from the store or a local fast food restaurant.
Earlier this year, a woman opened a can of tuna she purchased from the store to find a pair of eyes staring back at her. She immediately tweeted a photo of her find to the company. She did not plan to sue, but she wanted to make sure no one else opened one of their tuna cans to make a similar discovery in the future.
Zoe Butler’s photo went viral, and her story made headlines back in February. According to the Telegraph, the creature was likely a tongue-eating parasite. Princes claimed the creature was likely a small crab. Stuart Hine, from the Natural History Museum, spoke about the discovery.
“From what I can see I would support the head of a Tongue-eating louse, Cymothoa exigua, or similar. I think these are associates of smaller fish than Tuna and fish that tuna eat. We could undoubtedly say more if presented with the specimen.”
As for the In-N-Out case, people are buzzing about the lawsuit on social media. Several Twitter users shared their thoughts on the discovery.
— I’m not Google (@Smeezewitme) August 1, 2015
@_richchlo that milk shake gone have you smacked. How did he even find the meth lol
— Bank$ (@RobBANKS_) August 1, 2015
— Weak Mill (@CarlLately) August 2, 2015
That’s what happens when you say “Heisenberg style” / Customer says he found meth in a milkshake from In-N-Out Burger http://t.co/c18wkzy01V
— Meathead (@meatheadsux) August 2, 2015
— Michael Ochoa (@mnkochoa) August 2, 2015
What do you think of the meth milkshake lawsuit? What is the strangest thing you have found in your food?
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