Attorney: Utah eatery had other chemical burn

This Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, file photo, shows a sign displayed in the window of Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan, Utah. As prosecutors mull whether charges are warranted against employees at the Utah restaurant where a woman nearly died after unknowingly drinking toxic tea, the woman's husband and son are set to talk publicly Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, about her recovery. Authorities say a worker unintentionally put a chemical cleaning compound containing lye in a sugar bag last month. The substance ended up in Harding's glass of iced tea after an employee mixed it into a beverage dispenser.
This Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, file photo, shows a sign displayed in the window of Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan, Utah. As prosecutors mull whether charges are warranted against employees at the Utah restaurant where a woman nearly died after unknowingly drinking toxic tea, the woman's husband and son are set to talk publicly Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, about her recovery. Authorities say a worker unintentionally put a chemical cleaning compound containing lye in a sugar bag last month. The substance ended up in Harding's glass of iced tea after an employee mixed it into a beverage dispenser. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking toxic iced tea at a Utah restaurant says an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same chemical cleaning compound.

Lawyer Paxton Guymon said Thursday the former employee of a suburban Salt Lake City Dickey’s Barbecue burned her tongue July 5. He says she stuck her finger in a sugar container and licked it to see if it contained any of the chemical cleaner.

Guymon says he’s appalled that the South Jordan, Utah, restaurant didn’t get rid of the sugar container mixed with the chemical lye before it ended up in the tea that Jan Harding drank Aug 10.

Her husband, Jim Harding, says she is recovering well. He says he’s not upset and doesn’t want retribution for what happened.

Dallas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc. has said the customer’s injuries were an isolated incident.

 

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