Man claims 2 geckos were in can of beer

O.C. res­i­dent al­leges in law­suit he be­came ‘vi­o­lently ill’ af­ter drink­ing Heineken.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Alene Tchekm­e­dyian

An Or­ange County man who says he found two geckos in a can of Heineken beer he bought from a su­per­mar­ket in Fountain Val­ley is su­ing the brew­ing com­pany, claim­ing he got “vi­o­lently ill” af­ter drink­ing the bev­er­age.

In Au­gust 2015, Ge­orge Toubbeh opened a 24-ounce can of beer he bought from a Ralphs su­per­mar­ket. When he be­gan drink­ing, he no­ticed the drink tasted foul, ac­cord­ing to the civil law­suit filed last week in Or­ange County Su­pe­rior Court.

Soon af­ter, the law­suit states, Toubbeh felt se­vere ab­dom­i­nal pain and be­gan vom­it­ing. When his daugh­ter in­spected the can, she found two dead geckos in­side. The lizards were not de­com­posed, the law­suit said, and were prob­a­bly alive when the beer was poured and sealed.

Heineken spokes­woman Tara Rush said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day that the al­le­ga­tion was false. The com­pany “holds the safety and in­tegrity of the prod­ucts we im­port to the high­est stan­dards,” she said. “We have in­ves­ti­gated this iso­lated claim and ... we con­fi­dently be­lieve there is no merit to this claim.”

Ac­cord­ing to the law­suit, Toubbeh went to the emer­gency room, where he was given med­i­ca­tion and in­structed to re­turn if his symp­toms didn’t im­prove. Two days later, he went to an ur­gent care cen­ter with stom­ach pain, loss of sen­sa­tion, hyper­ac­tive bowel move­ments and a near com­plete loss of ap­petite. The man missed sev­eral weeks of work and racked up sub­stan­tial med­i­cal ex­penses, the suit said.

He is su­ing Heineken and the su­per­mar­ket owner, Kroger Co., al­leg­ing breach of im­plied war­ranty, strict li­a­bil­ity, neg­li­gence and neg­li­gent in­flic­tion of emo­tional dis­tress. He is seek­ing un­spec­i­fied dam­ages.

alene.tchek me­dyian @la­times.com

DiMarco Araujo Mon­te­v­ideo law firm

GE­ORGE TOUBBEH is su­ing Heineken and Ralphs’ par­ent firm, say­ing these geckos were found in beer.

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