A quick stop for a hamburger at a Wendy’s in Lovejoy, Ga., gave one customer a snoot full of reasons to rethink her fast-food decision.
When the customer noticed an unusual smell coming from the burger, she opened the bun and found a partially smoked marijuana joint inside, Lovejoy police Lt. Michael Gaddis told the Los Angeles Times on Friday.
The half-smoked blunt was inadvertently dropped into the food by an employee of the (wait for it) burger joint. The employee faces a criminal misdemeanor charge and has lost her job.
“We haven’t seen one like this before,” Gaddis said. “You see drug things, just not in a hamburger.”
According to Gaddis, the incident took place about 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 1, when the unidentified customer drove through the Wendy’s in Lovejoy, about 25 miles from Atlanta. She ordered a single combo and took her food home where she bit into it.
Then the unusual odor hit her nose, so she opened the bun and saw the half-smoked marijuana cigarette, Gaddis said.
The customer complained to the manager and police investigated that night.
The employee, Amy Elizabeth Seiber, 32, admitted she had received the marijuana earlier in the day, had smoked a bit and had dropped it into the burger she was serving the customer, Gaddis said.
Seiber was arrested and charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, which in Georgia is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, Gaddis said. A court date is pending.
Wendy's officials apologized.
“Obviously the employee broke the rules and did not follow proper food handling steps,” Wendy's spokesman Denny Lynch told reporters. He added that the corporation contacted the restaurant's owner and officials were told that she had been fired.
“They have apologized to the customer and have offered to pay the medical bills,” Lynch said. “Furthermore, the franchisee is working on a satisfactory resolution with the customer.”