We’re always here for a new Starbucks drink, but not so much the Frappuccino a California family once received. You know, the one that came with a dash or two of blood.
According to San Bernardino couple Amanda and Louis Vice, a drink they ordered back in 2016 had a smear of blood in the whipped cream. (Before you ask, this is not a new version of the Vampire Frappuccino, the “bloody” strawberry drink the coffee chain rolled out in October. Nor it is the Zombie Frappuccino.)
The family noticed a questionable red smear when their 2-year-old daughter began licking whipped cream off a Java Chip Frappuccino. The blood was on the outside of the cup and had a “strong metallic smell,” according to the lawsuit.
When the couple raised concerns, the staff reportedly admitted one of the baristas had cut herself. The manager asked the employee to stop making drinks. The Vice family’s lawyer said the manager also offered the family free drinks for a week, which they declined.
However, the family later grew worried about health issues and requested the Starbucks barista undergo blood tests to rule out diseases. The employee never took the tests, according to the suit.
As a result, the family has decided to sue for damages two years after the incident. In response, Starbucks reportedly offered the family $1,000 each, which they again turned down.
Starbucks has issued a response to the lawsuit.
Yikes. We’re just glad everyone is safe and healthy. And from now on, we’ll be sure to take a second look at our coffee before drinking.