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Syringe used to spike chocolate drink at 7-Eleven convenience store

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Source: SCMP/Appledaily/MingPao

 

 

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Police are warning the public to be on the alert after a man fell ill after consuming a packaged chocolate drink which might have been spiked using a syringe. The 43-year-old company manager was struck by dizziness, abdominal pain and vomiting upon drinking the 250ml packet of Vitasoy chocolate milk at his office on Hung To Road, soon after buying it from a nearby 7-Eleven store at Ngau Tau Kok MTR station after 3pm on Wednesday. He was taken to the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong for treatment and later discharged. But he returned on Thursday to the hospital, and his condition was now stable.

 

During an investigation, officers found a suspected syringe hole covered by the fold at the top of the drink carton. They found no further signs of tampering after checking other packaged drinks in the store. A Vitasoy spokesman said it had checked the product’s retention samples and they were found to be normal. It said it would cooperate with police in the investigation.

 

Chief inspector Yin Hiu-yu from Sau Mau Ping district said it was not known whether there were any poisonous substances in the man’s drink, which was being examined by the government laboratory. Tests would also be conducted on the man’s blood and urine samples. A police source said it was believed the suspected contaminated beverage was placed in a fridge in the convenience store shortly before the victim bought it.

 

Police were still investigating a possible motive, but the source said: “It is possible [the culprits] targeted females because women like the milk drink. “Women tend to be fans of chocolate beverages. They also drink them immediately after buying them from convenience stores.” The source added that the culprit could have been waiting outside the store for dazed victims – a common tactic of criminals on the mainland.

 

A spokesman for 7-Eleven said it believed the incident was isolated and it would assist in the police investigation by providing security camera footage. It was understood that the chain had not received any blackmailing or threatening messages. It also had no plans to shelve its packaged drink products as the case was not regarded as a food safety issue.

The Sau Mau Ping district crime squad was investigating.

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I hope the cops find the person who did this and put them behind bars! Some people honestly don't deserve to walk among us!

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Guess what? I have a feeling it might have been the guy at the register. Can't just randomly do it and wait. Makes no sense.

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That is scary. You never know these days what people are up to. This reminds me of a case where an HIV infected man started to infect random people on the streets by injecting them with his own blood. This man who drank the box drink was lucky it wasn't something more lethal and at the same token it was too bad that he had to go through this.

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Hope they find the person! Crazy!!! Such a awful thing to do to someone.

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Hopefully the police will catch the perpetrator who used syringe to spike chocolate drink ... intentionally tampering with beverage product is a food safety violation.

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that is not good. the police should investigate this incident and find out who did this and try to prevent this from happening in the future.

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