A Millville family has filed a civil lawsuit against a local McDonald’s in South Jersey alleging that they bought a burger with poop stained packaging earlier this year.
Amanda Bordois filed the civil lawsuit in the Cumberland County Supreme Court last week on six counts, alleging she and her family were sick and emotional after going to the fast food franchise on Jan. 13.
According to the lawsuit, Bordois went to the McDonald’s drive-through at 1027 North High St. and discovered the awful spots when she and her family returned home.
Bordois claims she and her daughter started eating fries from one of the bags, but when the girl reached for a burger, she noticed a brown substance on the packaging of the burger and on her right hand. “according to the lawsuit embedded at the end of this story.
The family initially suspected the stain was fat, but was soon overwhelmed by the stench of feces, the suit continued.
“To their disbelief and shock, the plaintiffs found that they had just ingested human feces that touched their french fries in the same pocket,” the lawsuit read, claiming the daughter vomited.
Bordois tried several times to contact McDonald’s but was unable to reach anyone by phone. She then called the police, who came home and “watched what appeared to be feces on the packaging of a burger in the bag,” Millville police officer Kevin Gandy wrote in his report.
A photo of the wrapped burger and brown stain can be viewed at Asbury Park Press.
When police visited McDonald’s, the manager allegedly said it was “impossible” for feces to get on the bag because he packed the items himself and noticed fecal matter on his gloves, APP reported.
The Cumberland County Health Department conducted an inspection of McDonald’s on Jan. 15 and found that there had been a repeated “timely hand-washing” violation, according to the complaint.
Violations in the restaurant were corrected on site and the McDonald’s was able to maintain its satisfactory rating.
The defendant in the lawsuit is listed as JDKD Enterprises / McDonald’s, based in Sewell.
“Serving safe, high-quality food has always been our top priority and we take this claim seriously,” said John Durante of JDKD Enterprises, owner and operator of the restaurant, to APP in a statement released by McDonald’s USA. “We took the appropriate steps to investigate this matter and were unable to substantiate the claim.”
Bordois and her daughter are represented by the Castellani law firm in North Field.
“At this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, the public should be made aware of unsafe food handling practices by a global franchise such as McDonalds,” the law firm said in a statement. “What was once thought of as a lovely childhood memory dragged into the Golden Arches for dinner with mom and dad has turned into a traumatic experience when exposed to food that touches a poop-smeared shell.”
In addition to the legal fees, the family demands unspecified damages and punitive damages.
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