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Bloody Sundae
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A Delaware woman alleges that the hot fudge sundae her son was served at a local McDonald's was topped with a special sauce: human blood. The restaurant owner disputes this, claiming the red stuff was simply strawberry syrup:

According to court documents, Jara bought food, including four hot fudge sundaes, at the restaurant's drive-thru window on Dec. 30, 2004.
Her son, now 13, dug into his sundae and "recognized the taste of blood and, upon careful inspection, noted a red substance on the side of the sundae cup as well as mixed into his ice cream," the lawsuit claims. Jara then went into the store and spoke to a swing manager [Joshua Ferrell], who confirmed that it was blood, according to the lawsuit... Michael Meoli, owner of the McDonald's franchise, said the claims are unfounded, and that strawberry syrup probably had clogged the sundae machine. Ferrell, who no longer works at the restaurant, should not have said the substance was blood, Meoli said. "What is he, a botanist? No, he's a 21-year-old assistant manager who saw her screaming in the lobby and said 'whatever you say lady.'"


A botanist? And how could the kid know it tasted like blood, if it was mixed in with ice cream? That sounds fishy to me. Anyway, the bloody sundae does not appear to have been saved, so it's a case of the woman's word against the restaurant owner's word. But the lawyers, I imagine, are extracting their usual pound of flesh from both sides. (via Hometown Tales)
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Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 24, 2006


*Groan* here we go again. Notice how there is a trend. One person does something original, and someone else copies them, and soon body parts, blood, and heads are all over the place. Not that it does not occasionally happen. I once found a large screw in my blueberry muffin, but I did not sue anyone.
Posted by Lady Hedoniste  in  Chilling with 14 other tiny people in your head.  on  Tue Jan 24, 2006  at  11:47 PM
someone probably had a nose bleed.
Posted by person  in  Colorado  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  12:54 AM
I gotta be the first to point this one out..., but didn't U2 right a song about this incident YEARS ago called "Sundae, Bloody Sundae"???... cool smile
Posted by Christopher in Joplin, Missouri  in  Joplin, Mo  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  07:21 AM
LOL.....*botanist*.......my my.....talk about perpetuating the stereotype of the intelligence level of the typical McD's employee.

However, I'm more concerned about how the 13 year old so readily "recognized the taste of blood".

and thanks for stealing my U2 joke Christopher =p.
Posted by MadCarlotta  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  08:59 AM
I would recognize the taste of blood, no problem. I used to have awful nosebleeds as a kid. The taste of blood was a regular occurance for me.
Posted by AqueousBoy  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  09:23 AM
I have no problem believing a bit of blood might have made it into the sundae, but why would they not save the evidence? Also, Alex beat you all on the U2 joke.
Posted by Matt  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  09:38 AM
If I tasted blood in my sundae I doubt that I would care, honestly. Not enough to sue anyone. I might throw it out and go to a different McDonalds, but that's it. Or maybe I'd feed it to someone I don't like.

It's pretty stupid that people in the USA can sue anyone without any consequences, I have to say that the British system makes people think twice about suing people randomly.
Posted by Dracul  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  09:48 AM
Wouldn't blood coagulate in the frozen (cold) ice cream? The woman is nuts. If somehow it goes to court, our legal system is more ****** than I ever thought. Another 'finger in chili'- put her in jail, too.
Posted by Mickyfinn  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  02:34 PM
Wait a second, how do they know its even human blood? Hmmm. And the fact that there is blood in it means that someone must either have hurt themselves (where are these people/is this person?), or someone is dead. Bring in the CSI's!
Posted by Lady Hedoniste  in  Chilling with 14 other tiny people in your head.  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  09:31 PM
hmm..maybe his son's in a vampire cult, or he was just jokin.. or he was high.. heh.. nice u2 joke, guys
Posted by Jenny  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  10:12 PM
Botanist....heh...hehehehe
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  11:56 PM
The owner sounds like a real jerk. They need to find this person who supposedly cut his finger.
Posted by Reynard Muldrake  on  Sun Jan 29, 2006  at  12:00 AM
Posted by Alan Partridge  in  Norwich  on  Wed Feb 08, 2006  at  05:37 AM
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