McDonald's employee jailed after spitting in customer's drink

POSTED: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 10:30am

UPDATED: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 10:34am

A South Carolina McDonald's employee is charged with unlawful and malicious tampering with food after customers reported finding phlegm in their tea, deputies said.

Greenville County deputies said a mother and her daughter ordered sweet tea from the McDonald's in Simpsonville on Saturday.

After getting the tea they noticed it was not sweet, according to deputies.

After returning the drinks the customers realized that the order was still not correct.

Deputies said rather than going back to the restaurant, the victims went home to add their own sweetener.

The victims said when they open the top they noticed a large deposit of phlegm was found floating in both drinks.

Greenville County deputies said they arrested Marvin D. Washington Jr., 19, and charged him with unlawful and malicious tampering with food.

According to an arrest warrant Washington was seen on video leaning his face down to the drinks before filling them with tea.

Washington is in the Greenville County Detention Center with a $5,000 bond.

John Kennedy, owner/operator of that McDonald's location, released this statement:

"Nothing is more important to me than the safety and well being of my customers. I want to assure my customers that my restaurant has the most stringent food safety and quality standards and I caution anyone from reaching a conclusion without the facts. As this is a pending police matter, it would be inappropriate to discuss further and, as such, any additional questions can be directed to the police department."

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