McDonald's Worker Arrested for Spitting in Drink

Marvin D. Washington busted after phlegm found in tea
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2012 9:00 AM CDT
In this Jan. 20, 2012 photo, the McDonald's logo is displayed on a drink as customers purchase lunch at McDonald's, in Springfield, Ill. M   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

(Newser) – Allegedly spitting in a customer's drink didn't just get a South Carolina McDonald's employee fired—it got him arrested. Marvin D. Washington Jr., 19, has been charged with unlawful and malicious tampering with food after a mom and daughter found phlegm in their tea, WYFF4 reports. The pair had ordered sweet tea Saturday, then returned it after realizing it was not sweet. The replacement tea was still not sweet, but they decided to sweeten it themselves at home. That's where, upon removing the lid, they noticed what WYFF4 appetizingly refers to as "a large deposit of phlegm" in both drinks. Washington was seen on video leaning close to the cups, authorities say.

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