Waitress' Claim: My Boss Made Me Eat Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

Sofie RasmussenSecretly feeding someone hallucinogenic drugs: Hilarious prank? Or terrifying and illegal? These are the questions raised by a young woman's complaint in court against her former employer, which the New York Post reports was filed Monday. Sofie Rasmussen claims that her boss at a Manhattan restaurant, where she worked as a waitress, told her that he wanted her input on a new recipe -- then stuffed hallucinogenic mushrooms into her mouth.

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.

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"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."

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Rasmussen claims that she then struggled to finish the remaining hour or two of her shift, feeling "goofy," as if she were "floating" and "tripping," and then "feeling weird for an hour or two" afterward. She didn't report the incident immediately, Rasmussen said, because Abrahamian threatened to fire her.

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

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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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jshwalker

How do you prove something like that?

September 04 2013 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kate

If this really happened, there should be a report of an emergency room visit by her boss for the broken nose and knee to the cojones she gave him for doing this.

July 08 2013 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bjay0421

My comment is for "jobs.aol.com.etc". Not many people proof read anymore, and I think it is sad, because so many errors could be corrected. Employers might have trouble hiring someone with such a lack of professionalism...
In your website, there is a spelling error.
"hallucigenic" Don't know if it is a typo or spelling error, but there are TWO letters missing.
It is one thing to find errors in 'comments'. Quite another for you to make the error.

July 08 2013 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mook

She was "forced" to to eat them at 2 different jobs... I call BS

July 08 2013 at 8:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tistyen

I don't see anywhere that it says it was at two different jobs. The article on AOL and the Post article both appear to be describing the same single incident.

July 08 2013 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

...Nope...don't buy this story !....nope.

July 08 2013 at 7:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
asronce

Some of those schrooms taste foul. Anyone in that situation would immediately spit them out..stupid girl.

July 03 2013 at 7:37 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Diana

If she realized what she was being fed, then she must have eaten these 'shrooms before.

July 03 2013 at 7:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Cadnoarian

I got the impression that she only realized what had happened when she started feeling the effects

July 03 2013 at 7:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
noitcelfersevol

also there is really no way for her to test for these in her system

July 03 2013 at 6:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
noitcelfersevol

She was forced to eat an entire mouthful of Magic mushrooms ??? and then she finished the remaining hour or two of her shift, feeling "goofy," as if she were "floating" and "tripping," ??? and then "feeling weird for an hour or two" afterward ???

I don't buy her story.
I think she would be a tad more horrified...
I don't imagine it's easy to eat a mouthful of dried shrooms...
it would take a little while to chew them...
And by then she would be freaking the F*** out.
Seriously....

July 03 2013 at 6:26 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Ripper

Exactly what I was thinking. You wouldn't be just feeling goofy for a few hours. If someone ever stuffed a bunch of shrooms in your mouth and you never took them before. You would be freaking out all night and end up in the ER, probably overdosing.

July 03 2013 at 7:05 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
lydiate

Ok. Life lesson here. When someone asks that you close your eyes and open your mouth you politely decline. And I do suspect she's lying about his incident anyhoos.

July 03 2013 at 3:14 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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