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Woman Sues Starbucks For $2 Million After Allegedly Being Served Cleaning Chemicals

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Cheryl Kingery went to Starbucks in Clinton, Utah, in July 2012, but instead of a caffeinated beverage, she claims she was served a drink that contained the cleaning solution used on the coffehouse’s machines.

She’s now seeking more than $2 million in damages according to a lawsuit filed last week, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Kingery claims she was was given a cleaning chemical called Urnex, according to The Daily Meal.

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In the suit, Kingery claimed the tainted coffee burned her mouth and throat and she suffered severe nerve damage, chronic mouth burning and loss of taste. She is seeking $1.5 million to cover medical expenses and lost wages, plus an additional $500,000 for her suffering, Eater reported.

Local police said they do not have a criminal complaint on record related to Kingery’s allegations.

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Starbucks spokeswoman Laurel Harper said: “The safety of our customers is our highest priority. We take this obligation seriously and are investigating Ms. Kingery’s claims.”

Sources: The Daily Meal, Eater, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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