A Southern California family intends to file a lawsuit against Starbucks after allegedly drinking coffee contaminated with human blood. According to the 19-page-long complained filed by the family’s attorney, the family discovered blood smears on their cups and the coffee itself had a strange, metallic taste. The event occurred on the 6th of February 2016 at the San Bernardino Starbucks.
Starbucks Told Employee that Blood Tests Are Optional
According to Amanda Vice, on the 6th of February, she went with her husband, Louis Vice, her mother, Rhonda Agles, and her two-year-old daughter to the Starbucks coffee shop located at 601 West 2nd Street to have a couple of beverages.
When the woman picked up the coffee cup, which she previously shared with her two-year-old daughter, Vice observed a blood stain close to the top. Moreover, the woman declared that after drinking the coffee-based beverage, she sensed a strong metallic smell.
The Starbucks representatives were confronted with the incident. Following an internal investigation, the family was told that the barista who prepared their order bled heavily that day and that she had to be rushed to the hospital after collapsing on the floor.
As compensation, the family received a week’s worth of free drinks. However, the family has decided that Starbucks’ attempt to white-wash the incident is ludicrous, to say the least, and has decided to file a formal complaint against that company.
In the following months, the Vice family had to undergo blood tests after drinking the tainted beverages. Fortunately, all tests, including the one for HIV, came out negative. Meanwhile, Starbucks told the family that it did not force the barista to undergo a similar blood test.
The family hired an attorney, who filed the complaint. In exchange for calling off their lawsuit, the company wanted to offer the family $1,000 in cash. Still, the attorney declared that this isn’t nearly enough to cover the family’s trauma.
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