A Dutch chef had to answer in court after two colleagues filed a complaint for assault. After she left, she got sick from her farewell present: a space cake.
Source: De Telegraaf, Provincial Zeeland Courant
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Mariska worked for a long time in a hotel on the Veerse Meer, in the province of Zeeland, and got along well with her colleagues. After her farewell, she left a cake in the kitchen on February 8, with a note that they could only enjoy it after work. Not knowing that there was cannabis in the cake, large pieces were quickly eaten. And that quickly went wrong for two people, writes the Provincial Zeeland Courant.
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The action eventually led to a lawsuit. Mariska emphasized that she had not intended to make her colleagues sick. They had already laughingly discussed space cakes, so the 29-year-old woman decided to bake one for her farewell. The cook did not think it would go so wrong: “Some respond well to it, but others have a bad reaction,” Mariska said in court.
Sleeping in vomit
For example, one of the colleagues quickly became very tired, the man lost his concentration and had to vomit. Ultimately, the cook was found sleeping in his own vomit by a doorman. He was unable to go home and spent that night in a hotel room. A female colleague became nauseous immediately after eating the dessert and subsequently slept very poorly for some time.
According to the police judge, it was a “bad, joke that got out of hand”, where the perpetrator did not think of the possible consequences. “And you should have done that: let this be a lesson to others not to treat them to space cake,” the police judge ruled. The Public Prosecution Service had demanded 60 hours of community service, but the police judge did not agree. According to the court in Middelburg, there was peer pressure. The woman was sentenced to pay compensation to her female ex-colleague and a conditional fine of 750 euros.
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