An alleged meth milkshake was served at an In-N-Out Burger in California last year, and now the fast food chain is facing a lawsuit. According to the New York Daily News, a man named Fred Maldonado has filed a lawsuit against In-N-Out, claiming that he found a napkin and two capsules at the bottom of a milkshake that he purchased at the Downey location. The man brought the milkshake back to the eatery and was given a “certificate for a free burger.”
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And while that may have not been enough to excuse the milkshake surprise, the man had no idea — at the time — that the capsules were actually meth pills.
“(The) Plaintiff did not initially know what there two capsules were, but later testing revealed that they were methamphetamine and that it appeared that they may have been illicitly manufactured,” reads the lawsuit in part.
The meth milkshake caused Maldonado “nausea and severe mental distress,” which is stated in the lawsuit. According to Time Magazine, In-N-Out Burger has responded to the lawsuit and called the customer’s claims “baseless.”
“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,” said In-N-Out Burger executive vice president Arnie Wensinger.
Some people seem to think that this man is trying to capitalize on the situation, but others feel as though he has every right to sue the company, especially because the capsules were filled with meth.
Drinking a meth milkshake can obviously be very dangerous, and someone’s carelessness put this man’s life on the line. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, this sort of thing happens from time to time. Perhaps people don’t find meth or other drugs in their meals, but there have been quite a few instances where people find other non-edible items in food products.
“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,” reported the Inquisitr.
Do you think Mr. Maldonado has a right to sue In-N-Out Burger? Do you think he will win his case?
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