A California family is suing Starbucks after they found human blood on their drink cups.
Louis and Amanda Vice are suing Starbucks because they claim to have ingested human blood in their Starbucks drinks, and feel the company did not try to resolve the issue to their satisfaction. They ordered the contaminated drinks in February 2016, according to a press release from The Frish Law Group.
“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,” Amanda Vice told KTLA.
The family called the store after finding blood in the cups of the Starbucks drinks they took home. A portion of the drink order had already been consumed, including by the family’s 2-year-old child, before they noticed the blood, according to the press release. The family also noticed a strong metallic smell coming from one of the drinks.
“My wife and my baby just drank someone’s blood,” Louis Vice told KTLA. “It was bad.”
The San Bernardino location where they purchased the bloody drinks acknowledged that an employee was bleeding. They initially offered the family a week of free drinks as compensation. Then Starbucks corporate offered the family members $1,000 each, according to the press release.
The family wanted the barista to get tested for any diseases that could have passed through the blood in the drinks. The employee was not compelled to get tested, according to the press release.
“The family was then left to schedule their own blood tests, causing extreme distress for the parents as they had to watch their daughter be poked with a needle and agonizingly wait for the results,” stated the law group in the press release.
The tests came back negative, but the family went through another round to check for HIV.
“They endured additional distress because Starbucks seemed to not care about their wellbeing and refused to direct the employee to undergo a blood test to ensure the family’s safety,” wrote Frish Law, in the release.
Starbucks issued a statement, obtained by Fox 6. “We are aware of this claim, that allegedly took place in 2016, and are prepared to present our case in court.”