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Old 20 May 2008, 08:44 AM
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Icon86 False alarm

Disgruntled employee/customer or major health code violation?

An e-mail has been circulating in Kansas City warning people not to eat at a Liberty restaurant.

Supposedly a friend of the original e-mailer’s niece went to the restaurant and ordered soup. When she got home she became violently ill and her family took her to the hospital. The hospital inspected the soup, which the customer had taken home in a “doggie bag,” and found bodily fluid from three different people, one of which tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease. The girl had her stomach pumped and has to go back to the doctor every two months to get tested, according to the e-mail.

The e-mail was passed on with the message “this is a co-worker of mine, not an urban legend story.”

Well, not according to Ron Tubb, environmental health program manager for the Clay County Public Health Center in Liberty.

First of all, the hospital would not test the soup — it would be tested by a lab. But for a lab to test it, the sample would have to come directly from the restaurant.

Once the sample leaves the restaurant, the “chain of custody has been broken.” Anyone could have added anything to the soup after it left the restaurant.

The urban legend reference site,, also reports on similar e-mails.

The e-mail chain lists smiles@cerner as one of the originators, but a spokeswoman for North Kansas City-based Cerner Corp. said it was not a valid Cerner e-mail address and the name of the e-mailer was not a Cerner employee.
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