Columbus police: Woman says mother, 73, poked by pin in chicken sandwich

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 26, 2012 

Columbus police say a 73-yearold woman's daughter told them her mother got poked in the mouth by a pin that was in the chicken sandwich she got from a local fast-foot restaurant.

The restaurant company says video surveillance of its food preparation showed nothing to substantiate that.

Officer Jerald Westmoreland reported he was summoned at 9:43 p.m. Wednesday to the 4126 Buena Vista Road Burger King, where he met Kimberly Stewart, who told him her mother had got the chicken sandwich there about 8:30 p.m. that evening.

"Mrs. Stewart said stated that when her mother got home she put her nieces to bed and then sat down to enjoy her meal," Westmoreland wrote. "Mrs. Stewart stated while her mother ate her sandwich she was poked in the side of her mouth by a small needle or pin with a blue top." She claimed the object had been inside the sandwich.

She told her mother to wash her mouth out to prevent infection and went to the restaurant to report this to the manager, who "completed an incident for Burger King's reporting purposes," the officer wrote. "Mrs. Stewart stated she would also like to make a report with the police department in addition to Burger King's incident report." The officer said he did not speak with the mother.

Bruce Walker, president of Burger King owner Schuster Enterprises, said the company takes customer safety seriously and immediately reviewed surveillance video of the restaurant's kitchen upon hearing the complaint. The video revealed no evidence of food tampering, he said.

Walker said the restaurant uses no pins matching the one in question.

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