Lesson 2: If you’re an angry waiter out for revenge, don’t leave DNA traces.
In July of 2014, Ken Yerdon and his wife Julie Aluzzo-Yerdon were eating their weekly dinner at an upstate New York Chili’s. But their broccoli was undercooked, and they were yet to get the chips they’d ordered. So they notified their waiter.
Gregory Lamica found this irritating. The restaurant was very busy, and it’s not like he didn’t have any other customers.
Aluzzo-Yerdon told Syracuse.com that
"We were patient with [Lamica], but we could tell he was annoyed with us.”
She claims her husband attempted to mollify their waiter, asking him if he was okay, and if they had done anything to offend him.
Keeping with the common rules imposed upon wait staff (“customer is always right;” “keep smiling” and so on) Lamica replied, “Oh, no, no.”
He even threw in an extra no, for emphasis.
But the one big rule that Lamica missed--- perhaps the most important rule of all--- was not tamper with the customer’s food. When the Yerdons upset him once more, by asking for to-go cups, Lamica spit in each drink.
Spit plus phlegm, to be more specific.
The Yerdons took a picture of the spit back to the restaurant, where the managers offered an apology and a refund, but refused to fire Lamica.
So the couple informed the cops, who tested Lamica and matched his DNA to the saliva in the cup. Lamica lost his job and gained a sentence for disorderly conduct.
But the Yerdons aren’t done. They now plan on suing Chili’s because of “the psychological trauma they endured not knowing whether Yerdon had contracted HIV or hepatitis.”
Note: HIV can't be contracted through saliva.
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