A California family is suing Starbucks claiming they were given a beverage that contained smears of a barista’s blood
The Vice family says they went to the Starbucks drive-thru in San Bernardino on Feb. 6, 2016 and ordered a number of drinks to take home.
It wasn’t until they began to consume the beverages that they noticed one of the cups had a “red smear on the side, along with a strong metallic smell,” according to a press release from the family’s attorney.
They also saw a similar red stain on another cup, which two family members, including a 2-year-old girl, had already been sharing.
“It was on the inside of the rim of my Frappuccino,” mother Amanda Vice told CBS Los Angeles.
After determining that nobody in the family was bleeding they called the Starbucks, where a store employee allegedly confirmed over the phone an employee had been bleeding but that barista was no longer serving drinks to customers.
When the family expressed concern that their 2-year-old child had drank one of the drinks containing the alleged blood, the store manager offered free drinks for a week as an apology, which the family declined.
“I thought it was sort of belittling,” Vice told the outlet.
The family says they requested HIV testing for the bleeding employee, which the manager agreed to but never enforced. As a result, Vice was forced to take her child for multiple HIV tests.
Attorneys for the family say after bringing up settlement talks with Starbucks, they were offered $1,000 to each family member, which was refused. The attorneys for the family say they have suffered emotional injuries and Starbucks should be held liable.
Starbucks said in a statement they are “aware of this claim that allegedly took place in 2016, and are prepared to present our case in court.”