ATLANTA - A Wendy's employee who dropped a partially smoked joint in a customer's cheeseburger has been fired and charged with marijuana possession.
Police in Lovejoy, Ga., about 25 miles south of downtown Atlanta, said a customer drove home with her food on Nov. 1, took a bite out of the burger and noticed a strange smell wafting from it.
Police said the woman pulled the bun off and saw the partially smoked blunt, which is marijuana rolled into a hollowed-out cigar.
The woman called the Wendy's manager and met there with police soon afterward.
In an incident report released Thursday, authorities said 32-year-old Amy Seiber admitted that the marijuana belonged to her as soon as she saw police in the restaurant with her manager.
Seiber told an officer it wouldn't make any sense to lie about it, since she and the restaurant manager were the only ones working when the customer placed her drive-thru order, the officer wrote in the report.
He said Seiber apologized, saying she had misplaced the marijuana.Wendy's officials said they're deeply sorry for what happened.
"Obviously the employee broke the rules and did not follow proper food handling steps," said Wendy's spokesman Denny Lynch. He added that the corporation contacted the restaurant's owner and officials were told the worker had been fired.
"They have apologized to the customer and have offered to pay the medical bills," Lynch said. "Furthermore, the franchisee is working on a satisfactory resolution with the customer."A call to the customer who found the pot in her sandwich was not immediately returned.