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San Bernardino family sues Starbucks after allegedly drinking barista's blood

San Bernardino family sues Starbucks after allegedly drinking barista's blood San Bernardino family sues Starbucks after allegedly drinking barista's blood
Russell Knight | 09 February, 2018, 01:01

Amanda Vice and her family chose to get some Starbucks on a February day in 2016.

At first, they didn't notice that anything was wrong with one of the drinks, they claim. It added that the family "anxiously examined their hands for blood", but "nobody was bleeding".

They ordered a venti hot white chocolate mocha topped by whipped cream, a grande java chip frappuccino and a venti ice water, the suit says.

So now, two years later, the family is suing Starbucks, with allegations including fraud, negligence, battery and assault, Fox11 reported.

"The intention was always to try and resolve this with Starbucks", Stan Pekler, a lawyer for the firm, told CBS Los Angeles.

A photo provided to KTLA by the Vice's attorney shows one of the cups purchased at the San Bernardino Starbucks in February 2016. In returning home, the family claimed to have spotted "a red smear on the side of one of the cups and the drink had a strong metallic smell", the complaint obtained by WTVR read.

According to court documents, they realized that none of them were bleeding, so they called the Starbucks.

Days later, Vice's husband "realized that he left his cup inside of his vehicle, so he went to this auto and discovered that there was blood on the side of the Starbucks label affixed to the cup", according to the suit.

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Husband Louis added: 'My wife and my baby just drank someone's blood.

'We felt sick to our stomachs, we shouldn't have to worry about going to get something to drink and there being blood in our drink where we could get sick, ' Mrs Vice said.

The store manager offered free drinks for a week, but Agles "declined the insensitive offer", according to the lawsuit, and the family pushed for a blood test for the employee.

The Vices wanted the employee to undergo a blood test to make sure there was no risk of contracting diseases, but the store wouldn't force the worker to do it.

The blood tests were negative for any threatening diseases, but the family had yet to be retested after six months for safety measures.

Pekler and the family began negotiating with Starbucks for a proper resolution to the situation, and the company offered each family member $1,000 for their trouble, the statement said.

Blood tests for communicable diseases, including HIV, initially proved negative, but the lawsuit claims family members experienced "extreme distress" for months, including from the coffee giant's seeming lack of care about their well being, according to the suit filed January 30.

Starbucks has said it will defend itself in court. "And had they acted in a responsible way, we wouldn't be here today".

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