Man Accuses Mcdonald's of Spiking His Diet Coke With a Heroin Substitute
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — August 3, 2018
A Utah man is trying to prove in court that a McDonald’s employee spiked his drink with a heroin substitute. He had allegedly come to a restaurant with his three friends, where he drank Diet Coke while reading work emails on his computer.
The incident allegedly occurred in 2016.
Shortly after drinking the coke, he began to feel sick, losing the feeling in his arms and legs while his vision grew distorted. Trevor Walker, 33, who is a software engineer, thought he was having a severe anxiety attack. Before he blacked out and collapsed, he sent two text messages to his wife who was working at her in-home hair styling salon.
“I am having sensations in my arms and everything is moving slowly. I’m feeling scared,” he wrote his wife. “I don’t know what to do. I’m so scared I’m trying to be calm. I need you.”
Walker alleges that since the incident, he has had trouble sleeping and PTSD symptoms.
He filled a lawsuit Monday in a Utah state court after his settlement talks with McDonald’s broke off.
“I would like there to be some justice for what has taken place. I don’t want to see somebody else go through what we’ve gone through,” Walker said. “It could have been my son. If one of my sons had drunk my drink, the outcome could have been worse.”
The lawsuit states that a state crime lab determined the presence of a heroin replacement called buprenorphine. The narcotic is a substitute for heroin and other opioids which usually comes in a dissolvable film, Walker’s attorney explained in the lawsuit. Criminologists also found a white filmy substance and unidentified speckles floating at the top of the Diet Coke.
“It was kind like of like getting punched in the face without knowing it’s on the way,” Walker told to journalists. “I was with my kids: that was the part that made it especially scary.”
McDonald’s spokesman Khim Aday said the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
Coca-Cola spokesman Ben Sheidler said in a statement: “The safety and integrity of our products are our top priority. We’re working with our customer on this matter to understand the facts.”
Police investigated the incident which took place at a McDonald’s in the Salt Lake City suburb of Riverton, but has yet to make any arrests as the employees interviewed have denied any wrongdoing. Detective Jared Richardson of the Unified Police Department also admitted that investigators have never had a suspect.
The surveillance video of the incident is unavailable as McDonald's security footage runs on a two-week loop before being erased, and the request was filed too late.
In 2014, a Utah woman nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a Dickey’s Barbecue in another Salt Lake City suburb. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges in the incident.
McDonald’s has a complicated brand image: an openly unhealthy, yet affordable option that is almost universally available. McDonald’s is the largest fast-food chain in the world.
According to most research, fast food can be connected to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.... one begins to wonder how this company continues to serve billions and billions.