ATLANTA » A Wendy’s employee who dropped a partially smoked blunt in a customer’s cheeseburger has been fired and charged with marijuana possession.
Police in the city of Lovejoy, Ga., about 25 miles south of downtown Atlanta, said a customer drove home with her food on Nov. 1, took a bite out of the burger and noticed a strange smell wafting from it.
The woman pulled the bun off and saw a partially smoked blunt inside, police said. A blunt is marijuana rolled into a hollowed-out cigar.
The woman called the restaurant’s manager and met there with police soon afterward.
In an incident report released Thursday, authorities said 32-year-old Amy Elizabeth Seiber admitted that the marijuana belonged to her as soon as she saw police standing in the restaurant with her manager.
Seiber told Officer Randall Rowland that it wouldn’t make any sense to lie about the marijuana, since she and the restaurant’s manager were the only ones working when the customer placed her drive-thru order, Rowland wrote in the report.
Seiber apologized, saying she had misplaced the marijuana, Rowland wrote.
Wendy’s officials said they’re deeply sorry for what happened.
"Obviously the employee broke the rules and did not follow proper food handling steps," said Wendy’s spokesman Denny Lynch. He added that the corporation contacted the restaurant’s owner and officials were told that she had been fired.
"They have apologized to the customer and have offered to pay the medical bills," Lynch said. "Furthermore, the franchisee is working on a satisfactory resolution with the customer."
Clayton County court officials were unsure if Seiber had an attorney. A telephone number listed for her was out of service.
A call to the customer who found the drug in her sandwich was not immediately returned.