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Sky Samuel (pictured) is accused of tainting food at a fast food drive-thru
A Mississippi woman looking for a late-night burger may have unwittingly gotten something extra with her order, after a drive-thru worker was accused of smearing menstrual blood and saliva on a fast food order.
Sky Juliette Samuel, 18, was working the late shift at Jack's Family Restaurant in Columbus, Mississippi earlier this month when police suspect she committed the unsanitary act.
Samuel, a mother of a young daughter, had also worked at a Krispy Kreme location just down the road from the Jack's in Columbus, but no longer works there, an employee there told DailyMail.com, referring other questions to a general manager who was not immediately available.
The incident at the Jack's Family Restaurant occurred on January 7 around 10.20pm.
A woman from nearby Tupelo, Mississippi pulled up to the drive-thru of the restaurant, located on a state route that runs toward her hometown, witnesses say.
Sources say the woman ordered a Sprite and a Big Jack, the southern fast food chain's $3.69 'signature burger,' which it describes as 'a big, juicy beef patty stacked up with pickles, onions, lettuce and tomato.'
But Samuel, working the drive-thru, got in some kind of dispute with the customer, a female co-worker said.
'This woman got an attitude with Sky,' the witness said in a text message later made public on Facebook.
Samuel's female coworker sent these texts shortly after the alleged incident
Service with a smile: Samuel was employed at the Jack's Family Restaurant in Columbus, Mississippi where police suspect she smeared menstrual blood and saliva on a customer's hamburger. Pictured right in her police mugshot
Samuel responded to the perceived slight by smearing her own menstrual blood on the bread of the burger with a finger, and licking the cheese, the witness said.
The coworker alerted her mother, Tabatha Hollins, who went public with the accusations after she says Jack's Family Restaurant dismissed her private complaint to the company.
'We called the store to try and talk to the general manager and they wouldn't give her the numbers to get a hold of a manager. We then called corporate who again did nothing!!' Hollins wrote on a January 10 Facebook post that has since been shared over 4,000 times.
The mother of the witness went public with the accusation three days later
The post drew over 3,000 comments, most utterly horrified
A few comments made light of the shocking accusations
The public post drew thousands of horrified reactions in the comments.
Samuel reacted to the mounting controversy later on January 10 in a public Facebook comment that has since been deleted.
'Lol S**t Kms!' the teen mother wrote in response to a friend who asked her to explain herself. 'The b***h shouldn't have gotten smart n said all s**t she said over intercom mfs act like they ain't never did no stupid s**t idgaf about this s**t tbf.'
The comment was followed by emojis sticking their tongue out, grinning, and crying with laughter.
The woman believed to have ordered the tainted burger heard about the accusations and came forward on January 13 to file a criminal complaint, sparking a police investigation.
On January 21 police in Columbus announced an arrest warrant for Samuel on charges of 'knowingly selling unwholesome bread or drink,' a felony with a potential five-year jail sentence.
Shortly after the announcement, Jack's Family Restaurants corporate office in Birmingham, Alabama released a statement saying it fully supported the police investigation and had hired its own third-party investigator, according to The Dispatch of Columbus.
The fast-food chain has over 130 locations across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The Big Jack (pictured) is Jack's Family Restaurant's 'signature burger,' for $3.69 alone or $5.89 as a meal. A witness says Samuel tainted a Big Jack with saliva and menstrual blood
The Alabama-based fast food chain says it is cooperating with police, and has launched an investigation into the allegations about its Columbus, Mississippi location (pictured). The company has over 130 stores in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee
Samuel surrendered to police soon after her arrest warrant was announced, and has been release on a $5,000 bond.
The Mississippi Health Department is also reportedly investigating the incident.
Hollins, who went public with the claims, has expressed pity for Samuel as a mother of a young child.
'I have told a couple of people that I feel bad for Sky and what she will now have live with,' Hollins wrote on Facebook.
'But know that I thought long and hard about it before I [went public],' she continued. 'I had to get the attention of the people so Jack's would listen.'
'We have a right to go out to eat and not worry about our food. I wish there was something else I could have done.'