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Mom Says Starbucks Gave Her Coffee Tainted With Blood

One mom went out for a Frappuccino at her local Starbucks in February of last year. She drank the beverage, and even offered a few sips to her 2-year-old daughter, before noticing that there were dark stains on the cup.

She suspected the stains were blood, and called the coffee shop to ask about it. Now she's suing Starbucks for putting her and her daughter at risk for blood-borne diseases.

Amanda Vice and her 2-year-old daughter had to get blood tests to check for diseases after drinking a coffee that was tainted with a Starbuck's employees blood. The mom says she was in the process of drinking the coffee, before noticing what looked like blood stains on the cup.  

She also noticed what she describes as a 'strong metallic smell'.

"It was inside of the rim of my Frappuccino," said Vice.

She adds that her daughter, Payton, also had taken a sip from the cup. "She was licking the whipped cream where it had been sitting on top."

When she called the coffee shop, the employees admitted to Vice that one of the workers was bleeding earlier that day. She had to be taken off the floor.

"My wife and my baby just drank someone’s blood," Amanda's husband, Louis Vice, told KTLA. "It was bad."

The manager initially apologized and offered the family free drinks for a week. He also added that the barista would get tested to make sure she was not HIV-positive, and that she didn't have any other blood-transmitted diseases.

The family later discovered that the employee was never forced to get the blood test, so they had to go to be tested themselves.

"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," said Amanda.

Tests initially came back negative, but the family had to go back in six months for more tests. Some illnesses take time to show up in the blood.

The second test also came back negative, but it was a terrible six months for the family considering some blood-borne diseases can be deadly.

"This caused the family stress, nervousness, fright, anguish, grief, anxiety, worry and shock for several months while awaiting the second round of test results," said a lawyer for the family.

“They endured additional distress because Starbucks seemed to not care about their well-being and refused to direct the employee to undergo a blood test to ensure the family’s safety,” the attorney added.

Besides the issue with safety, the sanitary issue just made the mom feel sick. "The thought of drinking somebody else's blood made me sick to my stomach," Vice said.

Starbucks proceeded to offer each family member who drank the tainted brew $1,000, but Vice says it's not enough. "I thought it was sort of belittling," she says.

The family has now filed a lawsuit against the company. "The blood was smeared on the inside and outside rim of the cup," the lawsuit alleges.

Starbucks refuses to comment on the incident. "We are aware of this claim that allegedly took place in 2016, and are prepared to present our case in court," the company said.

Source: MailOnline
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