Sheriff’s deputy can sue over uneaten phlegm burger

Customers who receive tainted food can sue for emotional damages even if they do not eat it, Washington Supreme Court rules

Burger King Corp. promises that you can “Have it your way” at its restaurants. But that motto didn’t hold true for one sheriff’s deputy, who received a phlegm-filled burger at one of the chain’s Washington state locations.

Sheriff’s deputy Ed Bylsma was served the tainted burger at a Burger King drive-through in March 2009. Bylsma, who was in his police uniform, says that he became suspicious when the employee handing him the food would not make eye contact. Upon inspection, he found a thick glob of saliva on his meal.

Alanna Byrne

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