A Family Is Suing Starbucks for Allegedly Finding Blood in Their Drinks

A Family Is Suing Starbucks for Allegedly Finding Blood in Their Drinks

Amanda Vice ordered a frappuccino at a Starbucks in San Bernardino back in 2016, and her daughter Payton, who always had a sweet tooth, took a few sips.

"Once we drank it, then we could see on the inside of the rim that there was blood", Amanda Vice told KTLA.

After ascertaining that no members of the family had been bleeding, they contacted Starbucks to inform them of what had happened.

After reporting the incident at the Starbucks location they family received confirmation that there was an employee who was bleeding but had since been removed from the sales floor.

The family told the store manager they wanted to get blood tests to make sure they hadn't been infected by any communicable diseases. "This caused the family stress, nervousness, fright, anguish, grief, worry and shock for several months while awaiting the second round of test results".

Anxious about her daughter's health, Vice said she asked the Starbucks to test the bleeding employee for possible diseases such as HIV.

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"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", Vice told KTLA.

The family opted instead to file a lawsuit seeking damages and alleging negligence, fraud, battery, assault, negligent hiring and a litany of other violations of law. "They were very anxious for her safety, as well as their own".

But she said the store didn't agree to testing the employee, so she turned to an attorney. According to a law firm representing the family, the woman, her husband, mother-in-law and 2-year-old daughter bought drinks from a Starbucks at 601 West 2nd St.

Starbucks has offered the family $1,000 each, however, the family's lawyer claims that this amount is not enough for the distress that has been caused. The company has said it will contend the claims in court. "They offered gift cards and free drinks - but that's not what the family was looking for". But, he added, there is a two-year statute of limitations on personal-injury cases in California. It's been accused of underfilling lattes, serving coffee drinks too hot and serving them at all (without cancer warnings, that is).

Starbucks wouldn't answer specific questions about the case, but they did provide a statement that read, "We are aware of this claim that allegedly took place in 2016, and are prepared to present our case in court".

"We're constantly double checking everything we get, because now I just don't trust, I don't trust anybody", she said.

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