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Wendy's worker drops pot in burger, arrested

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A Wendy's employee who dropped a partially-smoked blunt, a large marijuana cigarette, in a customer's cheeseburger has been fired.

Police in the city of Lovejoy, about 25 miles south of downtown Atlanta, say a customer drove home with her food on Nov. 1, took a bite out of the burger and noticed a strange smell wafting from it.

The customer, Shalon Travis, of McDonough, told CBS Atlanta News she found the joint under the bun.

"It shocked me," said Travis via phone. "I'm not a smoker. I'm not a drug user. I didn't know how to handle the situation."

Lovejoy police said 32-year-old Amy Elizabeth Seiber admitted she was smoking pot on the job and somehow misplaced the joint.

"She stated she thought she had put the cigarette up somewhere in a safe place but unbeknownst to her the marijuana cigarette fell into the hamburger and she served it to the customer," said Lt. Michael Gaddis.

Wendy's spokesman Denny Lynch released this statement regarding the incident:

"Obviously the employee broke the rules and did not follow proper food handling steps. We contacted the franchisee for this restaurant who said the employee was fired. They have apologized to the customer have offered to pay the medical bills. Furthermore, the franchisee is working on a satisfactory resolution with the customer. We are deeply sorry that this incident occurred."

Customers said they were shocked by the incident.

"I eat at this Wendy's all the time," said Terra Murdaugh. "Matter of fact, I was about to go because I'm on my lunch break but I guess not. Don't need anything in my system."

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