Nevada Trooper Sues Starbucks, Claims They Put Meth in His Iced Coffee

A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper has filed a lawsuit against Starbucks claiming that they put methamphetamine in his iced coffee.

Steven J. Darnell, 32, filed the lawsuit last week in the Clark County District Court.

The complaint alleges that Darnell felt sick after taking a few sips of the iced coffee he was served on September 11, 2020.

“Within a short period of time after ingesting the iced coffee, plaintiff became sick with ever worsening symptoms over the next couple of hours, including but not limited to burning sensations throughout the body, upset stomach, and shooting pain to his head. The burning sensations throughout his extremities lasted for approximately 2 weeks following the incident,” according to the lawsuit, obtained by local station KLFY.

Darnell was in uniform when he purchased the drink and said that he believes that is why he was targeted. He said that as a company, Starbucks has “condoned and encouraged antipolice rhetoric” to defund police agencies, according to the report.

KLFY reports that in the lawsuit, Starbucks is accused of:

  • Negligence
  • Assault
  • Vicarious Liability/Respondent Superior
  • Negligent Hiring, Training, Supervision, Retention
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Breach of Warranty of Merchantability
  • Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose
  • Punitive Damages

Darnell is seeking at least $15,000 in damages.


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