One employee of a Red Robin franchise restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina got fired for passing out free samples. The big problem was that these spammed out samples were never part of the menu and aren’t planned to be in the future. Alleged drug laced cannabis edibles were stuffed in the bag along with the to-go orders.
Spammed with cannabis
When a local news employee ordered food from Red Robin he got more than he paid for. He wanted to make sure getting spammed wasn’t a fluke, so ordered more and got another surprise treat in his to-go bag. They put it on the air Wednesday, June 15 and the mystery was quickly solved.
The first time he got a Rice Krispies treat and didn’t see the card “advertising edibles.” He “almost gave it to his child.” On the second try, he got a Fruit Loop treat. These will really throw you for a loop.
By Friday, at least two more customers called reporter Anthony Kustura to report the same thing happened to them. There were some gummies too. One woman “ordered from the restaurant along Kenbrooke Drive in University City Wednesday night.” One of her daughters looked in the bag and said “Oh, I didn’t know you ordered a dessert or something.” She didn’t.
She got spammed with the Rice Krispies treat version, along with “a card promoting Kellz Sweet Treets: The Incredible Edibles.” She was shocked “to realize the person was that bold to give their card, put their face out there.” They were just trying to promote a side business. They should have checked with a lawyer before starting the promotion. This one will hurt in lots of ways.
It didn’t take long before another viewer sent the station “a photo saying she got the gummy candy with the same business card, also on Wednesday.”
All those spammed edibles cost someone a bundle. They must plan to make a lot more money from satisfied samplers. As soon as the story hit the airwaves, Twitter yanked the account identified on the ad card. There was also a video which “showed what’s described as infused Sour Patch Kids.”
A ‘once-regular’ customer
The incident was so disturbing for one customer that she calls herself a “once-regular” now. “I’m just concerned for children that may get it, especially.” She’s convinced she was spammed by “the man pictured on the card” because he looks a lot like “the same man who brought her order to her car.”
Meanwhile, “it’s not clear whether any of the treats actually contain drugs.” Just in case, everyone needs to be extra vigilant about their food orders.
As soon as they hand you that bag, check to be sure “that there’s nothing additional that you didn’t order.” The station got an update from the Mecklenburg County Health Department letting them know that they got reports from “a Red Robin in University City, where customers said they received the unwanted treats.” When they got that call, they sent someone out to do “a walk-through of the facility.”
It didn’t turn up any “items from an unapproved source.” The station employee who blew the whistle after being spammed also got “an email from Red Robin Friday, saying his concerns have been referred to the relevant people.”
The chain’s full statement notes they’re happy to be told about it. They “addressed internally and put an immediate stop to it. This was not done with our knowledge and the team member involved is no longer employed by us.”
They apologize to any customers who got spammed. The health department also issued a statement. After “being notified of possible edibles in takeout bags at the Red Robin located at 8304 Kenbrooke Rd. A complete walk through of the facility was conducted and all food items were FDA/USDA approved, no food items from any unapproved sources were found. The NC DHHS Environmental Health Section and NC Department of Agriculture were notified and provided this complaint for further consideration.“