SAN BERNARDINO  (CBSLA)  —  A local family says they got drinks at a Starbucks containing blood and the store admitted one of their baristas had cut themselves.

The family said Starbucks offered to pay for free drinks.

Amanda Vice’s daughter, Payton, has always had a sweet tooth. Back in 2016, she ordered a Frappuccino at a Starbucks in San Bernardino. And she took a few sips.

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“She was licking the whipped cream where it had been sitting on top,” says Vice.

What Vice didn’t realize at first is the drink contained more than chocolate and whipped cream. There was blood on and inside their cups.

She told CBS2’s Tina Patel she found blood in places you’re not supposed to see blood.

“It was on the inside of the rim of my Frappuccino,” she said.

After Vice called Starbucks, she says they confirmed that a barista had been bleeding and they agreed to have her stop making drinks. They also, she said, offered her free drinks for a week.

“I thought it was sort of belittling,” she says.

Vice says she was worried about her health and that of her daughter. She didn’t know if ingesting the blood could get them sick.

“I thought maybe I’d be a little more at peace if they would have her tested, the one who was bleeding,” Vice said.

But she said the store didn’t agree to testing the employee, so she turned to an attorney. He says filing a lawsuit, two years later, is their last resort.

“The intention was always to try and resolve this with Starbucks. And had they acted in a responsible way, we wouldn’t be here today,” said Stan Pekler.

Starbucks wouldn’t answer specific questions about the case, but they did provide a statement that read, “We are aware of this claim that allegedly took place in 2016, and are prepared to present our case in court.”

Vice is hoping the company will make changes so something like this never happens again. But in the meantime, she’s careful about what she orders, wherever she goes.

“We’re constantly double-checking everything, because now I don’t trust, I don’t trust anybody,” she says.

Comments (88)
  1. Why was a barista, bleeding or not, touching the inside of the cup?

    1. Just a bit of Third World culture coming to pay a visit to Americans.

    2. Think about it for a second and the answer is oblivious!

  2. “The family said Starbucks offered to pay for free drinks.”
    They’d love that, that would be getting away pretty cheap!

  3. If you regularly drive through anywhere, from the cheapest fast food joints to some place rather more upscale like Starbucks, and believe you haven’t consumed other peoples’ bodily fluids, then I have Florida swampland I’d like to sell you.

  4. There are LOTS of reasons why I refuse to patronize starbucks!

  5. Andy Howe says:

    “He says filing a lawsuit, two years later, is their last resort.”
    Last resort? I am sure the lawyer means last chance for a payday.
    That said, I never go to Starbucks. Primarily, because their coffee tastes terrible. That’s why they have to put so many additions, sweeteners, milk, or whatever in it.

  6. Payton (who the heck names a daughter “Payton”, other than if they have a rich relative with that surname and want to be in the will?) brings a Payday. 😉

  7. Vox Veritas says:

    “She told CBS2’s Tina Patel she found blood in places you’re not supposed to see blood.”

    Where, exactly, SHOULD you see blood in your over-hyped and overpriced Starbucks drink?

  8. Even a down and out “whiskey” lawyer could make $$ off this case!

  9. BLM activists bragged on Twitter about putting bodily fluids in customers food out of racial and political motives.

  10. Saw this on Drudge. Left for for more real California news.

  11. If you patronize that leftist s—hole, you deserve AIDS and Hep C.

  12. Which is why I rarely eat out. Having worked in restaurants as a college student and young adult, you wouldn’t believe what goes on in the back of the house. Servers who don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, food picked up off the floor and replated — it’s disgusting. There should be a law that all restaurant employees wear gloves when using the restroom.

  13. Mark Johnson says:

    They should get tested for Aids & hepatitis!

  14. You can’t get HIV or hepatitis by eating blood. Is this gross? Yes. Is it grounds for a lawsuit? No Is starbucks a left-wing communist sh1th0l3? Yes. Still not grounds for a lawsuit. Everyone wants stuff without working for it…

  15. That’s almost as gross as that old cup, and her figure.

    1. Neil, please do not disparage people’s figures. It is a hurtful thing to do.

  16. Now you know why I don’t patronize Starbucks.

  17. I realize that blood is the drama to this story but am I missing something? Why are you giving caffeine to a 3-4 year old? Are you out of your f’ing mind? What do I know, just a physician for 34 years.

  18. Chris McCabe says:

    i think that starbucks will pay for a little bit more than a free drink in this case.

  19. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  20. Derek Langer says:

    Better than the muslim workers who don’t use toilet paper. They wipe their /\ss with their hands….smh


  22. Susan Smith says:

    Should have never happened. Working with any thing that is consumed, you cut yourself you take care of the cut, properly clean anything blood is on and throw out anything consumable that has been contaminated.

  23. James Harris says:

    sue them for as much as you can get!!!

  24. Starbuck tends to hire liberals like themselves, and if the liberal server has any inkling a person is conservative or appears conservative, some of them will retaliate by doing something to either the food or beverage one is buying.