When Amanda Vice and her family visited a branch of Starbucks in San Bernardino, California, they weren't bargaining on having a little something extra added to their drinks.
The family's suit seeks damages for negligence, battery, assault, fraud and other charges.
Days later, Vice's husband "realized that he left his cup inside of his auto, so he went to this vehicle and discovered that there was blood on the side of the Starbucks label affixed to the cup", according to the suit.
After determining that no one in the family was bleeding, the Vices called Starbucks, at which point they "confirmed that there was, in fact, an employee who was bleeding, but had since been removed from the sales floor", the law firm's news release stated.
The family's lawsuit claims that Starbucks knew that an employee had been bleeding, but did not adequately keep the worker away from customers' drinks.
The family wanted the barista to get tested for any diseases that could have passed through the blood in the drinks.
"We felt sick to our stomachs", Amanda Vice told KTLA. Attorneys said the manager initially agreed to have the employee take the blood test, but it was never performed. "They were very anxious for her safety, as well as their own".
Starbucks offered the family $1,000, but the family's attorney, Stan Peckler, said the money Starbucks offered "does not begin to compensate" for the family's distress.
Fortunately, the first round of blood tests came back negative for the whole family. "In the beginning, they really were not sympathetic at all", he said about the company. He said filing a lawsuit two years later is their last resort.
"We didn't want to race to the courthouse", Pekler said.
Over the years, Starbucks has been the target of numerous lawsuits.
Many have been thrown out of court.
Starbucks wouldn't answer specific questions about the case, but they did provide a statement that read, "We are aware of this claim that allegedly took place in 2016, and are prepared to present our case in court". "And had they acted in a responsible way, we wouldn't be here today".