A local fast-food worker was arrested after allegedly spitting on a Port Orchard man’s hamburger after the two argued over football teams, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.
According to the incident report, the 37-year-old victim said he entered the restaurant with his two young daughters around 7:30 p.m. March 22 and ordered food.
At the time, he said he was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers’ shirt and began exchanging “friendly barbs” with the employees about his team’s Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks two years ago.
The victim told deputies that one of the employees warned him that he’d “Better not say that to the guy that’s making your food,” but at the time he said he thought they were just teasing.
However, the victim said once he opened his food container he noticed a “loogie” inside the lid and said “spit was dripping off of the hamburger.”
He did not eat the burger, but said he was concerned about his daughters’ food, which they were already eating.
He called for the manager, who looked at the burger and agreed there was indeed spit on it.
The victim demanded a refund and asked for the district manager’s number before leaving the restaurant, then called him and 911 to report the incident the next day.
While talking to the victim, the district manager named a certain employee who had been on duty when the burger was allegedly contaminated, and who also had not shown up for work the following day.
A deputy then responded to the restaurant and talked to the manager, who showed him the victim’s hamburger, which he kept in case the health department wanted to see it. The deputy noted there did appear to be spit inside the container.
He then contacted the 24-year-old suspect at his home, noting an “immediate and strong odor of marijuana” coming from inside when the front door was opened.
Asked if that was indeed marijuana he smelled, the suspect at first denied it, but eventually walked over to his couch and retrieved a baggie of a “green, leafy substance” that was later determined to be marijuana.
The deputy placed the suspect under arrest and asked him about the burger incident. The suspect admitted he had disagreed about football teams with the victim, and had “spit in the corner of his (burger) container to ‘gross him out because he was a Steelers’ fan.’ ”
He then admitted it was “stupid” to do that.
The deputy then booked him for drug possession and fourth-degree assault.