Come to Panera for the charged lemonade, stay because you’re dead — that’s the lesson yet another patron learned the hard way, becoming the second person to allegedly die thanks to the fast-casual chain’s Charged Lemonade.
Panera Bread’s highly caffeinated “Charged Lemonade” is now blamed for a second death, according to a new lawsuit. https://t.co/Z9pd71rFSs— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 5, 2023
The fast food giant was hit with a second lawsuit this week after the family of 46-year-old Dennis Brown said his death last September was linked to the popular, highly caffeinated beverage.
According to the filing, Brown, a Panera regular who lived with several ailments, including a mild intellectual disability and developmental delay, died after suffering a Cardiac event while walking home from the restaurant, where he had allegedly consumed three Charged Lemonades.
The suit comes weeks after the family of 21-year-old Sarah Katz sued the company for similar reasons, alleging the “dangerous energy drink” played a role in her untimely death.
Society pic.twitter.com/XDQkKzIp25— Fairy Gothmother, MD (@jenny2x4) December 7, 2023
Naturally, Panera brushed off the situation, denouncing them as meritless.
“We view this lawsuit, which was filed by the same law firm as a previous claim, to be equally without merit. Panera stands firmly by the safety of our products,” the company said, per CNN.
So take it from these compounding lawsuits — and the corporation’s apathy — we should probably just stick to Red Bull until Panera gets its act together.