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Worker urinated in soda, grocery chain confirms

By wire services
Published September 15, 2005

DELTONA - A convenience store worker has admitted urinating into a bottle of soda that sickened a customer who drank from it, his bosses say.

Publix Super Markets spokesman Dwaine Stevens said the employee of a Pix Convenience Store in Deltona was suspended after the company learned of the incident. An investigation is continuing.

A foreman with a Daytona Beach construction company bought the bottle of Mountain Dew last week and became suspicious after drinking from it, his attorney, Daniel Newlin, said.

"He vomited three or four times afterward," said Newlin, who did not release his client's name.

Newlin said the victim was being tested for diseases.

Lab tests done by Publix confirmed that the soda contained urine, Stevens said. Publix owns the Pix chain.

"It is an isolated incident done by one of our associates," said Stevens, who declined to name the employee. "Whatever measure is necessary, it will be executed and the employee will be dealt with."

Police arrest suspected samurai-wielding robber

JACKSONVILLE - Police have arrested a man they say brandished a samurai sword as he robbed a restaurant's lunchtime crowd of $32.

Matthew Scott Ball, 31, was charged with armed robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ball was arrested late Monday, hours after the robbery at the Mudville Grille. Witnesses said the robber whipped the sword across two tabletops, knocking off condiments, and demanded money.

Several patrons complied, and the man grabbed the cash and fled in a green minivan.

[Last modified September 15, 2005, 01:04:09]

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