Beloved West Coast burger chain In-N-Out is being sued by a customer who says he got sick after drinking a milkshake containing two capsules of methamphetamine.
Fred Maldonado filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging negligence and strict liability.
Maldonado visited a Downey, Calif. location in March 2014 and ordered a burger and beverage from the restaurant drive through. According to the suit, he returned to his hotel room nearby to eat but it wasn’t until the next morning that Maldonado realized the drink contained two pill capsules and a napkin at the bottom of the cup.
He returned to the restaurant and complained to the manager, who apologized and offered Maldonado a free burger.
“Plaintiff did not initially know what the two capsules were, but later testing revealed that they were methamphetamine and that it appeared that they may have been illicitly manufactured,” the suit states.
The central nervous system stimulant comes in prescription and street forms and is known to cause wakefulness, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure.
According to the suit, Maldonado “suffered nausea and severe mental distress” after drinking he shake.
In-N-Out denies the charges and plans to address the matter in court.
“At In-N-Out Burger, we have always served the freshest, highest quality burgers, fries, and drinks and customer safety is one of our highest priorities,” In-N-Out Burger executive vice president Arnie Wensinger told City News Service. “We will vigorously defend these baseless claims. Due to the fact that this matter involves ongoing litigation, we will unfortunately not be able to comment any further.”
Maldonado is seeking unspecified damages.