An Arizona woman received an unpleasant surprise with her Starbucks order last week.
Kim Dillon of Phoenix said when she took a sip of her venti, sugar-free latte she felt something strange in her mouth. After spitting it out, what she found was a small lizard.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I was almost going to swallow it,” she told ABC 15. “It was just so gross knowing it was in my mouth.”
Kim was going about her normal weekend routine with her husband Brian when the two each ordered a sugar-free latte at a Starbucks located in Fry’s Marketplace, ABC 15 reported. One of the drinks, however, contained a tiny lizard, which the couple has pictures to prove.
“It was a lizard,” Brian said. “A little lizard! That she drank. That went into her mouth.”
After finding the alarming extra ingredient, they put the lizard in a bag and returned to the Starbucks, according to Eater.
Staff at the Starbucks from which the couple purchased the drinks apologized and offered them gift cards when they returned with the bagged lizard. The Dillons turned down the offer.
Starbucks released a statement saying that it is “disturbed to learn about this,” and said it plans on “looking into this immediately.”
“We understand that we live in the desert and there’s a bunch of bugs,” Brian said. “But something like that is just nerve wrecking.”
Fry’s Marketplace said they did extra cleaning and that the store is checking with a pest control company. They added that they believe this to be an isolated incident.
“Where are the legs? Where’s the skin?” Kim said. “It just makes me sick.”
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