Police officer sues McDonald's franchisee over blood-laced order

By Lawrence Smith | Oct 28, 2010

This McDonald's restaurant on Ohio Avenue in Parkersburg is where Matthew Board alleges he found droplets of blood in his drive-thru order in 2008. (Photo by Lawrence Smith)

PARKERSBURG -- A Parkersburg police officer is suing a McDonald's restaurant for effectively turning his drive-thru order into a crime scene.

Matthew W. Board filed suit against TMT Enterprises Inc., a McDonald's franchisee, in Wood Circuit Court on Oct. 14. In his complaint, Board alleges a TMT employee served him food with an open wound on his hand in 2008.

According to his suit, Board went through the McDonald's drive-thru on Ohio Ave. about 4 a.m. on Oct. 17, 2008. At the time, Board was on-duty as a Parkersburg police officer.

After preceding to the window to pick-up his order, Board alleges he noticed the employee "had a large cut on his hand that was bleeding significantly." Still, Board took the bag containing his order, and parked his car nearby to eat it.

The suit does not specify all what Board ordered except it included French fries. After eating the French fries, Board alleges "he noticed droplets of blood in the french [sic] fry container and in the bag."

Immediately, Board says he called the McDonald's to report the blood he found in his order. However, the person with whom he spoke refused to discuss the matter with him.

After the discovery of blood in container and bag, Board maintains he sought treatment from medical specialists to ensure he hadn't contracted any diseases. TMT's negligence, Board alleges, not only caused him bodily injury, but also "mental anguish, and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life."

Board seeks unspecified damages, interest, court costs and attorney fees. He is represented by Parkersburg attorney George J. Cosenza.

The case is assigned to Judge Robert A. Waters.

Wood Circuit Court case number 10-C-445

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