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Deputies: McDonald's employee spit in sweet tea

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The Simpsonville McDonald's on Main Street where deputies say the spit incident happened. (April 18, 2012/FOX Carolina) The Simpsonville McDonald's on Main Street where deputies say the spit incident happened. (April 18, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Marvin Washington Jr. (Greenville Co. Detention Center) Marvin Washington Jr. (Greenville Co. Detention Center)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said an employee at a Simpsonville McDonald's restaurant was arrested after a customer said he got their sweet tea order wrong and spit in their drinks.

Greenville County deputies said they received a complaint on April 14 that someone who worked at the McDonald's on Main Street spit in their unsweet tea.

The customer said she ordered two sweet teas for herself and daughter at the drive thru and noticed they were not sweet, so they returned them hoping to simply exchange the drinks for new ones, then realized the new drinks were also unsweet, according to deputies.

Deputies said the customer said she decided to sweeten them herself at home, but when she took the lids off, she saw a large deposit of phlegm floating at the top of both drinks.

The victims called deputies, who investigated the incident and reviewed surveillance from the restaurant.

According to the warrant, 19-year-old Marvin Washington Jr. was seen filling up and serving the teas and was also seen leaning his face down to the drinks before filling them with tea.

Washington was charged with unlawful/malicious tampering with food. He was released from jail on $5,000 bond.

The owner of the Simpsonville fast-food restaurant, John Kennedy, said the safety and well-being of his customers is top priority.

"I want to assure my customers that my restaurant has the most stringent food safety and quality standards," Kennedy said in a statement.

Kennedy said he cautions anyone from reaching a conclusion without the facts.

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