London drinkers rushed to hospital after being given caustic soda with Tequila shots
Drinkers at a Tiger Tiger location in London were taken to hospital after reportedly being given caustic soda with their Tequila shots, instead of salt.
Tiger Tiger in Haymarket was shut down after emergency services were called to the venue last month, The Independent reports, as four women and a man were left vomiting after consuming the shots.
Police attended the venue near Piccadilly Circus after reports suggested that the individuals had sustained chemical-related injuries – said to be burns – as a result of staff error.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said:
“Police were called to Tiger Tiger at approximately 10.50pm on Tuesday 7 December following reports of four people who had suffered burns after coming into contact with a substance, believed to be a strong alkali, at a venue in Haymarket.
“Four females received treatment at the scene before being taken to hospital. None of their conditions are life-threatening. A fifth person, a male, also came into contact with the substance but has declined hospital treatment.
“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and there have been no arrests. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.”
It is thought that staff may have inadvertently filled salt pots with caustic soda, according to The Sun newspaper.
A source spoke to the publication about the incident, stating:
“A group of four women and a man necked the tequilas and used salt and lemon to soften the taste, then began to retch. One girl keeled over.
“Despite music blaring, everyone knew something was wrong. There was panic. People thought it was some kind of terrorist incident.”
As of Sunday 23 January, the newspaper reported that one individual is still requiring hospital treatment a month later.