If you have a sensitive stomach, this might not be the news item for you because it is one of the nastier things I have ever heard. From Fox News:
A South Carolina county’s deputies say a McDonald’s employee spit in two customers’ cups of iced tea after the drinks were returned because they weren’t sweet enough.
Authorities say 19-year-old Marvin Washington Jr. was arrested Wednesday and charged with malicious tampering with food.
Greenville County investigators say surveillance video caught Washington leaning over the cups before he filled them Saturday at the Simpsonville restaurant. Authorities say the customers discovered phlegm when they removed the lids of the drinks to add more sugar because the iced tea still was not sweet enough.
According to the warrant, Washington was seen filling up and serving the teas and was also seen leaning his face down to the drinks before filling them with tea.
There are a few things wrong here, primarily the fact that this guy probably knows that there are cameras and people all over the place to see him spitting in peoples’ food. That Washington didn’t even bother to effectively hide his trifling actions makes me think that he’s not just gross, he’s probably disturbed. There’s also nothing that any customer could do that should lead to a fast food employee seeking personal revenge, so I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this man has exhibited disturbing behavior in the past just for its own sake. Now he’s facing felony charges for hocking a lougie into a drink? Not worth it.
However, the first thing I thought when I read the original article is “wait…doesn’t this happen all the time?” I’ve always assumed that being rude to a waiter could possibly earn you a glob of saliva in your food or some other tampering that I try not to think about or give any wayward food service person a reason to consider. Maybe I saw that happen in too many movies or have known too many people ratchet enough to have worked in food service and been shady about it, but I’m pretty sure Marvin Washington, Jr. isn’t the first person to add a little something extra to a customer’s dish.