Waitress' Claim: My Boss Made Me Eat Hallucinogenic Mushrooms
Late in 2012 Rasmussen was a then-19-year-old server at the chicken restaurant, Sticky's Finger Joint. At that time, she claims, restaurant owner Paul Abrahamian took her into its kitchen and asked her to close her eyes -- telling her that she was going to taste a new dish -- then fed her a handful of mushrooms, covering her mouth until she swallowed them.
"It didn't taste great. I was confused. I was like, what the f*** is this?" Rasmussen told the Post. "Then I realized what it was."
Sticky's Finger Joint co-owner Jonathan Sherman, in speaking to the Post, flatly rejected Rasmussen's complaint, and Rasmussen couldn't be reached for comment. She reportedly quit the restaurant in December, and according to her Facebook page, then spent a semester at an art school in Denmark. The Post's exclusive story on the case doesn't explain, however, what result Rasmussen might be seeking by filing the complaint, and makes no mention of a criminal charge.
In a similar case from 2012, however, two University of Colorado students who allegedly fed marijuana-spiked brownies to unsuspecting classmates and a professor last year both were charged with 18 felonies, including eight counts of second-degree assault and eight counts of inducing the consumption of a controlled substance. The defendants in that case ended up pleading guilty to one of the felony charges in exchange for deferred sentences that had them performing community service, as well as writing apologies to their victims and paying them thousands in restitution.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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