COLUMBUS, MS—Sky Juliett Samuel, 18, an employee at Jack’s Family Restaurant, turned herself in to the Columbus Police Department after she was accused of smearing menstrual blood on a customer’s hamburger.
Samuel was reportedly working at the restaurant on January 7 when she smeared her saliva and menstrual blood on a drive-thru customer’s hamburger before giving it to them. The unnamed victim, a woman from Tulepo reported the incident to the CPD.
A co-worker who allegedly witnessed Samuel smearing blood and saliva on the food reported the incident to her mother, Tabitha Hollins, who shared details on Facebook.
If convicted, Samuel will face up to 5 years in prison. The suspect is charged with a felony under Mississippi Code of 2013 for “knowingly selling unwholesome food or drink.”
On January 13, after it was announced that the allegation was being investigated by the Mississippi State Department of Health, the restaurant disclosed the following with WJTV 12:
“Food safety is our top priority at all Jack’s Restaurants. As part of our rigorous food safety program, Jack’s maintains strict food handling policies and procedures that all team members must follow.
Jack’s was recently made aware of an audio tape recording posted on social media, which allegedly claims that an employee at a restaurant in Columbus, MS potentially violated our stringent safety standards. The employee allegedly involved in this incident was terminated several days ago for unrelated reasons and no longer works for us. At the time of her dismissal Jack’s was not aware of these allegations.
At Jack’s, we take these allegations very seriously and are working to determine the validity of these claims. Additionally, we are committed to taking further action if appropriate.”