Authorities: Glass in Burgers Deliberate
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Two sheriff’s deputies who ate glass shards after biting into their McDonald’s cheeseburgers were the victims of a deliberate attack, authorities said Friday.
No arrests had been made, but three McDonald’s workers who handled the food were taken in to the sheriff’s office for questioning, said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Rod Reder.
Stuart O’Shannon, 32, suffered severe cuts in his mouth after eating the glass. Daniel Witt, 24, was not injured but had to be taken to the hospital for an examination. Both officers were released Friday.
The restaurant is owned by Caspers Co., which operates 51 McDonald’s restaurants in Tampa and another 24 in Tallahassee.
Bob Conigliaro, Caspers’ vice president of community relations, said the incident was particularly upsetting because his company has a long association with the sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies.
``It’s always unfortunate when something like this happens anywhere,″ Conigliaro said. ``We are commending them for acting so swiftly to contain the scene and to find out what happened.″
The restaurant where the incident occurred is in an area of Tampa that has had long-running problems with drugs, robberies and assaults.
Conigliaro said investigators seized other food products that were part of the same shipment as the contaminated burgers. He said there is no reason to be concerned other customers could be served similarly contaminated food.