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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Strange Brew: Illinois Man Claims He Found Mouse in Mountain Dew

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 7:04 AM

Ronald Ball says he was drinking a Mountain Dew at his workplace in Wood River, Illinois, when a strange sensation caused him to spit up the beverage. 

Emptying the soda, Ball alleges he discovered a mouse at the bottom of his drink. So what did he do? 

He did like Bob and Doug McKenzie. He took the mouse in a mason jar to the brewery (or rather the PepsiCo bottling facility) because everyone knows you can't just take it back to the store for a refund.  

Bad news, though. 

Ball claims that when PepsiCo returned the mouse corpse it was in such a state that it's no longer usable as evidence in court. 

That's right. Of course, there is a lawsuit involved in all this. 

Ball is suing PepsiCo, the bottler, and Shop 'n Save (where he purchased the soda) for seven counts of negligence, products liability, breach of warranty and -- the kicker -- "spoliation of evidence." 

He is seeking at least $50,000 in damages, plus court costs. 

And here all the McKenzies wanted for their troubles was a free case of beer. 

Guess they could've used an attorney. 

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