Secretly 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.
"It didn't taste great. I was confused. I was like, what the fuck is this?" Rasmussen told the Post. "Then I realized what it was."
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.
July 2, 2013
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