A family is suing Starbucks for allegedly serving them a beverage that contained a barista's blood.
According to the lawsuit, Amanda and Louis Vice, his mother, Rhonda Agles, and the Vices' 2-year-old daughter, Payton Vice, ordered drinks at the Starbucks in downtown San Bernardino on February 6, 2016. After the family took sips of the beverages, they noticed red stains on the sides of the cups, according to attorneys.
"My mother-in-law went to go take a drink of the cup, she put it to her lips and she could smell the blood", Amanda told KTLA.
That's when it hit them.
"My wife and my baby just drank someone's blood", Vice's husband, Louis, recently told CW affiliate KTLA.
"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".
The family was adamant in saying that none of them had noticed any bleeding among themselves, hence, they called Starbucks to confirm the same, only to find out that an employee at Starbucks had been bleeding and had been removed from the floor, as per the complaint.
The suit alleges negligence, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, and assault. The company, meanwhile, told the local news outlet that they are prepared to go to court and defend the case. The manager initially agreed, but never followed through with having the employee get a blood test to reassure the family of their safety. "This caused the family stress, nervousness, fright, anguish, grief, worry and shock for several months while awaiting the second round of test results".
"Mrs. Vice is primarily concerned about her toddler", Stan Pekler, the family's attorney, said in a phone interview Thursday with The Post. Instead, the family had to get their own tests done.
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.
Though the initial results were all negative, the family had to be retested again six months later to ensure that no HIV antibodies popped up after the round of tests.
"We'll work with the family to try to get to a place where they feel comfortable and to better understand these allegations", he said. "And had they acted in a responsible way, we wouldn't be here today".