BELLEVILLE — A customer claims she found garbage in her iced tea at a McDonalds in Swansea.
Emma Wessel filed a complaint on Jan. 2 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Estel Foods, alleging the restaurant operator failed to exercise reasonable care in dispensing its products to consumers for ingestion.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 15, she ordered two strips of bacon and a large iced tea from the McDonalds drive thru on North Illinois Street in Swansea. When she received her order, she claims she found trash and garbage in her iced tea.
Wessel claims she suffered severe emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life.
The plaintiff holds Estel Foods responsible because the defendant allegedly breached its duty not to put garbage in its patron's drinks and failed to prevent its customers from the foreseeable risk of ingesting garbage.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant in an amount greater than $100,000, plus punitive damages, attorney's fees, costs and all other relief that is just and necessary. She is represented by Matthew P. Young of Kuehn, Beasley & Young PC in Belleville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19-L-0005