A Utah man who alleges in a new lawsuit that a McDonald’s employee spiked his drink with a heroin substitute said he had just seated his three young boys on the couch with their happy meals when he took a drink from his Diet Coke while he read work emails on his computer.
Trevor Walker said he suddenly lost feeling in his arms and legs and his vision became distorted.
“I started to feel unusual, I started to sense a lapse in time,” Walker said, CBS reported. “There was this panic that came over me, there was this surge of adrenaline. I didn’t know what to do.”
According to KUTV, police investigated, and although they say they did have a suspect, they could never get enough evidence to file any charges. Analysis of his beverage later showed that it contained the potent painkiller buprenorphine. The drug is used to replace opioids and heroin in some cases.
Walker says as scary as the incident was for him, he was most concerned that one of his three young boys — ages 1, 3, and 8 — might have taken a drink of his soda.
“I can only imagine what that could have done to one of my boys,” he said. Mr. Walker is suing Mcdonalds, Coca-Cola, and the local beverage distributor.
A spokesman for the beverage company said safety is a “top priority” and the company is “working with our customer on this matter to understand the facts.”
Through the lawsuit, Walker says he wants to see McDonald’s accept responsibility for the incident. He is also seeking unspecified damages.
“I would like there to be some justice for what has taken place,” he said. “I don’t want to see somebody else go through what we’ve gone through. It could have been my son. If one of my sons had drank my drink, the outcome could have been worse.”