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Hamburger Hell?

Couple: Burger Spiked With Nasty Recipe

The Associated Press

B E A V E R T O N, Ore., July 30  A Beaverton couple has filed a $7 million federal lawsuit against a popular hamburger chain, accusing some local employees of spiking their burger with hair, soap, staples and spit. I love Jack in the Box and it just didnt look right, said one of the plaintiffs, 24-year-old Dustin Harrington. After taking a bite of the burger earlier this year and seeing what was inside, then I was like Oh, my God. I couldnt believe it, Harrington said.

Racist Comment?

He and Colleen Murphy also contend in their lawsuit that a Latino employee at the Jack in the Box restaurant in neighboring Hillsboro made a racist comment about Harrington. A Jack in the Box spokesman said the company is investigating. He said employees at the Hillsboro location have been interviewed and the burger was tested. But he would not reveal what the San Diego-based company has learned. From the time of the allegation, weve been doing a thorough investigation, said spokesman Brian Luscomb. I can say Jack in The Box has the most complete food safety system in the industry. The USDA refers to our system as the model for the industry.

-- cin (cin@cin.cin), July 30, 2000


Yeah, it's gross. But what are their damages?

-- cin (cin@cin.cin), July 30, 2000.

The damages would be punitive, so that the restaurant will be more careful about the employees they hire. Someone else's food is not a place to practice freedom of speech, and these disrespectful punk kids these days need to be taught a lesson. Thanks to a few rotten apples, the rest of the employees will now probably have to work under constant electronic surveillance.

-- cyber perry mason (, July 30, 2000.

How do the Harringtons prove that the the Jack In The Box employees spiked the burger? How do we know that the Harringtons are not law- suit crazy and did the spiking themselves?

-- Question for cyber-slueth (others@suck.too), July 30, 2000.


-- cyber perry (truth@will.prevail), July 30, 2000.

a good lawyer,has a p.i.-to do discovery!!

-- al-d. (, July 30, 2000.

This is kind of along the same story lines....

*Beware of the giant dill pickle*

My sis says that when she worked at pizza hut as a teen, all of the guys (teens of course) would pee in the big pickle jar. Of course you couldn't tell by the color. =o|

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), July 30, 2000.

As a teenager, I once urinated in a pitcher of ice tea at a 5 star resort where I worked. The guests should have been required to pay double for the privilege.

-- cpr (, July 30, 2000.

cpr, those snooty folks will just never learn!

Never piss off your waiter until AFTER you get your iced tea. =)

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), July 31, 2000.

of spiking their burger with hair, soap, staples and spit. I love Jack in the Box and it just didnt look right,

surely that would improve the taste

-- richard (, July 31, 2000.

LOLOL Richard! Perhaps McDonald's should try it as well.

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), July 31, 2000.


I cant believe some of this crap being posted!!!!

Makes ya damn sure wanna stay home and not go out nowhere.

xoxo, sumer

-- consumer (, July 31, 2000.

Ok serious point, surely any large company simply cannot be responsible for every minor incident due to the actions of their employees, you simply cannot guarantee that every member of staff will behave themsleves every minute of the working day. I'm not condoning what they did but people now seem to think that they can sue large corporations for many millions for what is a small incident of damage, quite honestly beyond the control of management. If an employee wants to be malicious well nothing can stop him or her, obviously they would probably be dismissed after the event when the damage has already been done.

-- richard (, August 01, 2000.

Richard, you do make a point here but I cant help but wonder how you would react after chomping down on a doctored up Big Mac. Lifes little problems are always easy to live with from a distance.

-- Ra (tion@l.1), August 01, 2000.

My guess is that The Harringtons were regular customers who were rude, demanding, impatient, and unthankful. Did I mention cheap?

Of course this does not condone what the employees did, but hey, what goes around comes around baby. Your karma will bite you in the ass eventually.

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 01, 2000.

p.s...wasn't there a saying...."don't bite the hand that feeds you".

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 01, 2000.

really quick while you got me going...

a waitress friend of mine got her revenge on some obnoxious teens who had stolen her tip off the table from previous customers (an employee saw them do it).

When their food came up, she took off her shoes, put all the french fries inside the shoes, and shook them up. Gleefully, she put the fries back onto the plates and served them. Voila! Revenge =) {chuckle}

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 01, 2000.

There is no good reason to screw around with food-wether the "revenge" be deserved or not. There can be serious, life-threatening risks with this. There are enough contagious diseases that can be transmitted through bodily fluids. Taking any GLEE in doctoring somebodies food is aomewhat questionable-sorry, Cin. Have to disagree with you.

-- FutureShock (gray@matter.think), August 01, 2000.

Good lord cin you just showed what a true lowlife you are by happily reporting food tampering incidents you are personally aware of. No wonder your friends have only made it to waitress-level positions. What a creepy thing to take joy in. "Yeah I spit in his iced tea. Har Har. Snort." I can only hope that each time you eat in a restaurant, fast food or otherwise, that your compadres-in-spirit take our their frustrations on YOUR food. You are disgusting.

-- can't believe her (, August 01, 2000.

FS..I did not do it. But yes, I got a tremendous laugh out of it. And I will laugh for years to come. You'd be amazed at the abuse that servers take.

Like I said, what goes around comes around. Do you actually think you can treat people like dirt and always get away with it? it catches up to you eventually.

I'm not so worried about anyone screwing with my food because I am a grateful person who treats all restaurant staff with kindness and respect that anyone deserves. Try it sometime jerk.

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 02, 2000.

ps..perhaps you missed the part about those people STEALING her tip. {shakes head in disgust}

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 02, 2000.

pss...who said anything about spitting in Iced tea or bodily fluids? Read more carefully next time

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 02, 2000.

by the way FS, what are you disagreeing with. I never said I did it OR that I would advocate doing it, or that I took any glee in it. I'm just telling the story the way I heard it.

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 02, 2000.

A spiked burger has to be worth at least seven million dollars. Imagine if they had actually eaten the hair, spit, and staples... they couldn't have driven to pick up their welfare check for at least a month! (Or are welfare checks mailed now?)

What's stopping any of us from driving down to Jack in the Crack and planting various foreign objects in our food? I have grown oh so weary of work.

-- Joe Cellphone (, August 02, 2000.

Richard, you do make a point here but I cant help but wonder how you would react after chomping down on a doctored up Big Mac. Lifes little problems are always easy to live with from a distance.

OK I would expect reasonable compensation and an apology, but not millions. (unless it caused me some sort of health problem).

-- richard (, August 02, 2000.

Cin: I hope you were not referring to me as a "jerk"-we have always got along-I will have to assume you were speaking to the poster after me.

As to you not taking any glee in it or advocating it, please explain what you mean by this:

"I got a tremendous laugh out of it. And I will laugh for years to come."

And last I looked, sweat is a bodily fluid, and our feet sweat into our shoes. I did not miss the part about the stolen tip. If she knew for sure it was them she should have called the police,, or had the store manager confront them-THERE IS NO EXCUSE IN THE WORLD TO TAMPER WITH FOOD.

In order to have a meaningful society where we have a chance to actually conduct commerce, there is a certain amount of trust one must have. Of course, public entities violate our trust on a regular basis, but the idea is that there is a pact of trust between vendors and buyers. There are legal remedies for when that trust is violated. The safety of the food service industry is one of the most "sacred" of these trusts; people DIE when this trust is violated. Remember Jack in the Box and E-Coli?

There must be a standard of care in place to insure our safety-that is why food inspectors are out every day doing what they do. Cin, if you get some kind of pleasure out of your story, fine. Just know that I do not agree that revenge is a good reason to fuck with food. Call the police next time.

-- FutureShock (gray@matter.think), August 02, 2000.'s okay for cpr to boast about peeing in someone's ice tea, but it's not okay that cin has a friend who put frenchfries in her shoes?

-- (, August 02, 2000.

Cin: Quote: "never piss off your waiter until after you get your ice tea". I know you were answering CPR re the tea, but you obviously thought that what HE did was an honorable action as well. It wasn't. FS is right: sweat is a bodily fluid. Urine is a bodily fluid. Spit is a bodily fluid. Any kind of bodily fluid or foreign object in food is a criminal offense. And for you to say you never did it is weak. You again stated that you got a big laugh out of what your waitress friend did with the fries. So that is condoning it. And that is lowlife behavior. Period. You cannot justify it at all.

-- cinstupid (don't understand@you.idiot), August 02, 2000.


we tamper with our food all the time, its called British cuisine, I gather yours is no great shakes.

Lets face it burgers are bad for you even when cooked properly.

-- richard (, August 02, 2000.

Re burgers are bad for you:

At least we know the risks of your basic burger. We don't need any frustrated waiter or waitress adding any enhancements.

-- burger lover (loveburgers@burger.king), August 02, 2000.

Double Standard:

I in now ay implied that CPR's behavior was acceptable. One cannot address every single issue in a thread. I think my position is very clear, and includes any mis-handling of food.

-- FutureShock (gray@matter.think), August 02, 2000.

***No wonder your friends have only made it to waitress-level positions.***

And there you have it. Just another asshole who thinks that some people are just so "below" them. And indeed the reason why incidents like these occur in the first place.

Thanks for proving my point. Next case

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 02, 2000.

Cin: Why are you so intent on trying to justify your friend's reprehensible behavior? Is it because you, deep down, are resentful of humanity enjoying the finer things in life? There is nothing wrong with working as a waitress. It's good, honest work. You totally missed (read:avoided) my point, which was: with the attitude displayed by your friend, she will certainly never rise any higher.

-- can't believe her (, August 02, 2000.

"Higher" is so relevant

Why would you assume she would either want or need to 'rise higher' according to *your standards*. Pompous asshole/bitch.

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 02, 2000.

p.s...Next time you are 'so concerned' about someone catching your point, perhaps you should refrain from using the words "ditz", "low- life", and "stupid". DUH

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 02, 2000.


higher is so relative* =)

-- cin (cin@cinn.cin), August 02, 2000.

I am dark skinned individual with an accent. I think my food may have been spiked because of my ethnicity. To those people who say that spiked food is the reward of rude people, what is my fault?? I have always been nice to people.

-- non white (, January 23, 2003.

I have heard numerous stories of chinese people spiking food. They hate white people for one reason or another and take out their anger in their food. How horrible.

-- sandra (, January 23, 2003.

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