Family Sues Starbucks After Baby Stabs Herself With Used Syringe

22/02/2010 12:44 | Updated 22 May 2015

A family from Birmingham is suing Starbucks because they claim their ten-month-old baby stabbed herself with a used syringe she picked up in one of the coffee shop branches.

Keeley Price allegedly picked up the needle from a chair in the Starbucks branch in Birmingham's Bullring.

She stabbed herself in the mouth and her grandmother, Linda Shipley, also pricked herself on the hand when she tried to take it away from the little girl.

They both had to wait for six months to find out whether they had caught any diseases from the needle.

Now Mrs Shipley and Keeley's mother, Kelly, are taking Starbucks to court.

They say the chain refused to apologise or take responsibility for the alleged incident.

Linda told the Daily Mail: "Kelly was at the counter getting the drinks and I sat down in an armchair with Keeley in my arms.

"She was reaching over my back and from the upholstery found a syringe and did what babies do at that age, put it in her mouth.

"I was horrified and immediately took it out of her mouth but in doing so pricked my hand, drawing blood."

Kelly, 27, said the manageress logged the incident in her accident book but refused to help them.

She told the Mail: "She couldn't get us out of the shop fast enough. We didn't get offered any first aid, there was no apology and no offer of a taxi to take us to hospital."

Mrs Shipley said she was terrified waiting to get the all-clear from the hospital.

"It was six months before we got the all clear, but in that time we were worried sick and imagining the worst," she told the Mail.

"We didn't know what was in the needle, it could have been hepatitis, HIV anything. We think it was from a drug user because it didn't look like the kind a diabetic would use."

However, a spokeswoman for Starbucks told the Mail: "We can confirm that in March 2006 an incident occurred at Starbucks coffee house in the Bullring Borders bookstore.

"According to our records, Mrs Shipley was offered first aid in the store and a member of the Bullring security offered to call her an ambulance.

"The incident was taken very seriously and later the same day our customer care manager phoned Mrs Shipley to enquire after her well-being.

"We also wrote to her to express our concern and to assure her that we were fully cooperating with the police enquiry."

Often people are too quick to turn to legal action - but this sounds like a terrifying incident. If this happened to your family, would you sue?

Source: Daily Mail

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