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A Fast Food Manager Is Suing the Police Over False "Poisoned" Milkshakes Claim

The lawsuit claims false arrest and defamation.

The saga of the "poisoned" milkshakes from Shake Shack is ending with a defamation lawsuit against the New York Police Department (NYPD) and several police unions. In it, the exonerated manager of the fast-food chain, who was falsely accused of poisoning the milkshakes of three NYPD officers in June of last year, claims that his reputation was tarnished thanks to the accusations and the way they were recklessly disseminated on social media.

Marcus Gilliam was working at the downtown Manhattan location of the fast-food chain when a digital order for three milkshakes was placed on June 15, 2020. According to reports, the police officers who picked up the order tasted an "unknown substance" in the milkshakes and disposed of them.

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After reporting their complaints to Gilliam, they received an apology and vouchers but the situation escalated into a crime scene when the manager was accused of "poisoning" the police officers on purpose by adding bleach into their milkshakes. Gilliam and several other Shake Shack employees were detained and interrogated, with Gilliam claiming he was taunted throughout the ordeal, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The officers were hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital after consuming portions of their beverages but were subsequently discharged after showing no symptoms.

The incident took place during a contentious time between NYPD and protesters who gathered to demand action against police brutality, after the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

According to Business Insider, Gilliam filed a lawsuit on Monday against two police unions, Police Benevolent Association (PEA) and Detectives' Endowment Association(DEA); unnamed NYPD officers; and the City of New York. The lawsuit states that the NYPD lieutenant contacted the unions, which then disseminated false accusations of the poisoning on Twitter and were "grossly irresponsible" in doing so.

At the time, the president of the Detectives' Endowment Association, Paul DiGiacomo, issued a statement online claiming the officers were "intentionally poisoned by one or more workers at the Shake Shack at 200 Broadway in Manhattan."

An investigation into the matter ultimately found "no criminality." The suit says the milkshakes were tested and showed no traces of bleach, while the security footage taken from the Shake Shack location showed no signs of anyone tampering with the beverages.

Gilliam is demanding monetary damages and attorneys' fees. NYPD did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

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Mura Dominko
Mura is ETNT's Executive Editor, leading the coverage of America's favorite restaurant chains, grocery stores, and viral food moments. Read more about Mura