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Woman Alleges Chick-fil-A Milkshake Caused Her Heart Attack

She's now suing the chain for $1 million dollars.


Usually, a milkshake with a cherry on top is a very good thing. That wasn't the case for Cyndi Scruggs however, who is alleging that a milkshake (topped with a cherry) from a Chick-fil-A in Texas caused her to have a heart attack. According to the Houston Chronicle, Scruggs filed a lawsuit on Monday against the fried chicken chain — and its cherry supplier. She claims that the maraschino cherry she ate from the top of a Chick-fil-A milkshake she ordered in May was not "properly de-pitted."

Scruggs believes that biting the pit caused two of her teeth to fracture below the gum line. Shortly after, she developed a gum infection and sepsis. Her bad luck continued: Not only did she have a cherry with a pit in it, broken teeth, and sepsis, Scruggs also experienced a heart attack soon after. The Dallas Observer notes that heart attacks are closely linked by medical research" to sepsis. To top it all off, Scruggs had to have the broken teeth extracted, and will need to receive painful tooth implants in the near future.

Scruggs' complaint also claims that the cherry manufacturer Dell's Maraschino Cherries failed to "exercise reasonable care to reduce or eliminate the pit risk, or warn the plaintiff of same." For all of her life's troubles she is seeking between $200,000 and $1 million from Chick-fil-A and Dell's to help cover medical expenses and alleviate her "mental anguish."

Maybe she should have ordered one of the chain's "socially responsible" coffees instead.