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A Washington State soldier claims that a fast food worker spiked his soda with anti-microbial wipes after the two bickered at the drive-through window.
Maj. Tony Wingfield told KOMO News he was getting lunch at a newly opened Popeyes, across from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he works. He placed his order, pulled up to pay and asked to add a jalapeno pepper.
“The lady says you already ordered, and I say, well I’m still here, right? And I could tell she’s irritated,” Wingfield said.
Wingfield said he took his meal back on post, and then he got sick.
“Within moments of eating, I just started retching,” he said.
Wingfield found two wipes in his drink and took himself to the hospital.
Wingfield wants an apology, and thinks the employee should be fired. He believes he was assaulted.
“If she did it to me, it could be happening to other soldiers,” he said, “because their main source of business is the soldiers of JBLM.”
Popeye’s released a statement saying that the restaurant in which the alleged incident took place is independently owned and operated, according to CBS Seattle.
The chain says it is “working directly with the franchise owner as they investigate the situation to ensure that the restaurant meets the highest health and safety standards.”
Lakewood Police say they are continuing to investigate but caution that it may be challenging to prove how the wipes got in the cup and whether an employee put them there.