Owner of McDonald's where employee allegedly spit in tea issues statement

Source: WYFF
Source: WYFF
Marvin Washington (Source: WYFF)
Marvin Washington (Source: WYFF)

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - An Upstate McDonald's employee is charged with unlawful and malicious tampering with food after customers reported finding phlegm in their tea and the owner of that restaurant now says his establishment has stringent food safety and quality standards.

Greenville County deputies said a mother and her daughter ordered sweet tea from the McDonald's in Simpsonville on Saturday.

After getting the tea they noticed it was not sweet, according to deputies. After returning the drinks the customers realized that the order was still not correct, deputies said.

Deputies said rather than going back to the restaurant, the victims went home to add their own sweetener.

The victims said when they open the top they noticed a large deposit of phlegm was found floating in both drinks.

Greenville County deputies said they arrested Marvin D. Washington Jr., 19, and charged him with unlawful and malicious tampering with food.

According to an arrest warrant, Washington was seen on video leaning his face down to the drinks before filling them with tea.

John Kennedy, owner/operator of that McDonald's location, released this statement:

"Nothing is more important to me than the safety and well being of my customers. I want to assure my customers that my restaurant has the most stringent food safety and quality standards and I caution anyone from reaching a conclusion without the facts. As this is a pending police matter, it would be inappropriate to discuss further and, as such, any additional questions can be directed to the police department."

Washington is in the Greenville County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

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