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In bag of fast food, a surprise: Marijuana
www.fredericknewspost.com ^ | Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 2:00 am | By Courtney Mabeus News-Post Staff

Posted on 06/27/2014 1:47:34 PM PDT by Red Badger

Woman finds pot while taking children to Sonic franchise

A trip to Sonic intended as a treat ended with a surprise twist for a Frederick woman.

Carla McFarland said she went to Sonic on Guilford Drive on Wednesday with her 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son after a trip to the library and a morning spent packing boxes. After passing chicken strips and fries to her children, McFarland, 35, reached into the bag for her own food and found a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana in a third container holding her own fries.

“I just kind of sat there in my car in shock,” McFarland said Thursday. “I kept thinking, what if my kids had eaten it?”

McFarland contacted Sonic's management and called police. McFarland said a manager also called police and told her that an employee took responsibility for the bag, saying that it must have slipped from her apron. The manager told her the employee had been fired.

Franchisee John Louderback, who operates the location with his wife, confirmed the employee no longer works there. He said the incident was under investigation.

"As this time, we believe that concludes the issue," Louderback said. He would not comment about drug-testing policies involving employees.

McFarland said Sonic's management was apologetic. McFarland said her meal was remade and she was not charged for it. The Sonic franchise opened in May. It is the popular drive-in chain's only location in Frederick County.

“I definitely can't say that they didn't go out of their way,” McFarland said. “I honestly think they were more in shock than I was.”

Frederick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lt. Jennifer Bailey said the case is under investigation and no arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon. A deputy seized the suspected marijuana, but it was not clear if it had been tested and confirmed as the drug, Bailey said. She said the employee's name would not be made public unless charges are filed.

For McFarland, the trip to Sonic was meant as a treat during a difficult few months for her family. Her husband has been in Georgetown University Hospital after surgery in May, and the family now faces eviction from its condo. The family has fallen behind on rent, with McFarland unable to work with two children.

The nonprofit Patty Pollatos Fund Inc. is stepping in to help the McFarland family with an online fundraiser planned to begin sometime next week, founder Debbie Williams said.

The discovery prompted a discussion about drugs and scared her daughter, who had already eaten one of her own fries before McFarland told her children to stop eating, she said.

McFarland said she posted about the discovery on Facebook, prompting laughs from some friends. Others urged her to go public. She doesn't believe the situation is a laughing matter.

“I think that's why everyone thinks it's so funny, because it's marijuana and it's going to be legalized,” she said. “It could have been crack. It could have been cocaine in that little baggie.”

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Help the McFarland family

Patty Pollatos Fund Inc. founder Debbie Williams said a fund has been set up to help the McFarland family cover expenses. An online fundraiser is not yet available, but people may contact the nonprofit at www.ppfinc.org/.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: cannabis; marijuana; pot; wod
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Carla McFarland found this bag of suspected marijuana in a bag of food from the Frederick Sonic franchise.

1 posted on 06/27/2014 1:47:34 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Happy meal...


2 posted on 06/27/2014 1:50:03 PM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: Red Badger

“You want to get fried with that?”


3 posted on 06/27/2014 1:50:47 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Red Badger

Betcha that employee was pi$$ed.


4 posted on 06/27/2014 1:51:31 PM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: GreenHornet

That’s funny.


5 posted on 06/27/2014 1:52:13 PM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: Red Badger

“I kept thinking, what if my kids had eaten it?”

__________________________________________

Your kids eat dry leafy bitter tasting herbs much?


6 posted on 06/27/2014 1:52:41 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: VaRepublican

LOL, Dude...


7 posted on 06/27/2014 1:53:39 PM PDT by glasseye
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To: Red Badger
McFarland contacted Sonic's management and called police. McFarland said a manager also called police and told her that an employee took responsibility for the bag, saying that it must have slipped from her apron.

Do they really believe that?

8 posted on 06/27/2014 1:54:03 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Red Badger
marijuana in a third container holding her own fries.

Don't touch my fries if you please Mr. Customs Man.

9 posted on 06/27/2014 1:56:38 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Red Badger

Dats relish dude......


10 posted on 06/27/2014 1:57:40 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: VaRepublican; GreenHornet; Responsibility2nd; glasseye; Moonman62

Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce,
Special orders don’t upset us.
All we ask is that you let us serve it your way! ............

[If you remember THAT, you are OLD!]................


11 posted on 06/27/2014 1:57:41 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: VaRepublican

See that they are starting up a fundraiser for these people.

I need to get out for fast food more often; seems like it can be very lucrative.


12 posted on 06/27/2014 1:57:43 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Red Badger

“It’s not just good... it’s Sonic good.”


13 posted on 06/27/2014 1:57:53 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Red Badger

I remember that....


14 posted on 06/27/2014 1:58:27 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: MUDDOG

OOH! I know that song!
Got it on LP!..................back in the day..............


15 posted on 06/27/2014 1:58:42 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: VaRepublican

I knew that’d be here... just surprised it was the first comment...


16 posted on 06/27/2014 1:58:57 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MUDDOG

17 posted on 06/27/2014 1:59:26 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: Red Badger
Help the McFarland family

Help them do what?

18 posted on 06/27/2014 1:59:37 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Red Badger; All

What state is this in?


19 posted on 06/27/2014 1:59:51 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Red Badger

Darn. If I had found that treat in my bag, I’d be a loyal customer forever.


20 posted on 06/27/2014 2:00:03 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: gleeaikin

MARYLAND...................


21 posted on 06/27/2014 2:00:27 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: Red Badger

I’d want to see some confirmation that an employee confessed and was fired. So many of these cases become popular, people donate $$, then it turns out to be a publicity hoax.

So the Sonic manager said, who dropped a bag of illegal drugs into a customer’s bag? And someone raised their hand and said Me! Me! and got fired?


22 posted on 06/27/2014 2:00:48 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Red Badger

You can find old BK commercials on YouTube,as well as Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Arby’s, etc.

They’re quite entertaining,actually.


23 posted on 06/27/2014 2:01:46 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Well......Bye.)
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To: Red Badger

Cross-promotion?


24 posted on 06/27/2014 2:02:12 PM PDT by x
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To: humblegunner

For McFarland, the trip to Sonic was meant as a treat during a difficult few months for her family. Her husband has been in Georgetown University Hospital after surgery in May, and the family now faces eviction from its condo. The family has fallen behind on rent, with McFarland unable to work with two children.


25 posted on 06/27/2014 2:03:01 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: Red Badger
help the McFarland family cover expenses.

Expenses for what exactly?

Would they rather go to Burger King from now on or what?

26 posted on 06/27/2014 2:03:28 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: x

Moon lighting employee?....................may have been meant for another ‘customer’.....................


27 posted on 06/27/2014 2:03:49 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: humblegunner

For McFarland, the trip to Sonic was meant as a treat during a difficult few months for her family. Her husband has been in Georgetown University Hospital after surgery in May, and the family now faces eviction from its condo. The family has fallen behind on rent, with McFarland unable to work with two children.


28 posted on 06/27/2014 2:04:01 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: Red Badger

Oh, please.


29 posted on 06/27/2014 2:04:07 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Well......Bye.)
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To: Red Badger

It’ll make the food taste better.


30 posted on 06/27/2014 2:04:47 PM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Supersize me?...............


31 posted on 06/27/2014 2:05:13 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: discostu

....and you’ll buy more of it!.................


32 posted on 06/27/2014 2:05:48 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: Red Badger

So we should all kick in because homegirl found a nickelbag in the sack with her food?


33 posted on 06/27/2014 2:05:52 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: bigbob

I like their banana splits.
I wonder what you’ll get with those?..............
They always ask if you want ‘nuts’.................


34 posted on 06/27/2014 2:07:20 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

They would not have died.

It would have been scary but it would not have killed them.

At any rate, it’s in a little plastic bag. How could they have eaten it?


35 posted on 06/27/2014 2:07:52 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Well......Bye.)
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To: humblegunner

unrelated, but It would be a nice gesture................


36 posted on 06/27/2014 2:08:00 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: Red Badger

Have another hit... of sweet California french fries.


37 posted on 06/27/2014 2:08:35 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Moonman62

If they do,they’re stupid.


38 posted on 06/27/2014 2:09:16 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Well......Bye.)
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To: NEMDF

Expenses for what??

No one got sick, no one died, no one was injured.


39 posted on 06/27/2014 2:11:01 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Well......Bye.)
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To: Red Badger
[If you remember THAT, you are OLD!]................

I not only remember it I started singing along. Now I feel old.

40 posted on 06/27/2014 2:11:49 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

The problem is the dealer failed to put the weed in the proper childproof container...


41 posted on 06/27/2014 2:12:19 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: NEMDF

Whoops. I missed the part about surgery and eviction.


42 posted on 06/27/2014 2:13:05 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Well......Bye.)
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To: Red Badger

I remember another one, so I’m old

(sung very fast)

2 all beef patties
special sauce lettuce onion pickle
all on a sesame seed bun

what was the one that everybody murdered the words to, I seem to recall something about a sewer?


43 posted on 06/27/2014 2:14:26 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel

“Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun.”


44 posted on 06/27/2014 2:16:07 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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To: Red Badger

I remember one McDonald’s commercial where someone recited that backwards.


45 posted on 06/27/2014 2:17:51 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Red Badger

I just remembered the messed-up one-

McDonald’s is your kind of place
hamburgers in your face
french fries between your toes
dill pickles up your nose

they serve you chocolate milk shakes
that come from polluted lakes

McDonald’s is your kind of place

(We juveniles found it screamingly funny)


46 posted on 06/27/2014 2:18:55 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Red Badger

That’s the right one, I forgot the cheese


47 posted on 06/27/2014 2:19:21 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Red Badger
“I kept thinking, what if my kids had eaten it?”

Weed is just good fiber if you don't smoke it.

48 posted on 06/27/2014 2:21:34 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The GOP-e scum enlisted Democrats to steal the Republican primary. The GOP-e can go to Hell.)
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To: humblegunner

No. It’s because she’s behind on the rent and can only afford to feed the kids on drive-in food.


49 posted on 06/27/2014 2:25:11 PM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: mrsmel

McDonald’s is your kind of place
A crap, crap, crappy place
A sap, sap, sappy place.......

That’s the one I remember............


50 posted on 06/27/2014 2:32:51 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,743 threads and 84,837 replies.)
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