Joke Gone Wrong – Retiring Cook Makes Space Cake for Colleagues, Gets Sued

A retiring Dutch cook who wanted to say goodbye to her colleagues in a special way cooked a cannabis-infused space cake for them as a surprise. It didn’t go well…

The retiring cook, known only as Mariska, had worked in a Zeeland hotel alongside her colleagues for a long time and wanted to part ways with them in a memorable way. They had discussed the cannabis-infused space cake many times in the past but had never gotten around to actually making it together, so she decided to make one for them, as a parting gift. On February 8th, on her last day on the job, she greeted her colleagues and left the workplace, but not before leaving behind a surprise cake for her colleagues along with a note advising them to only eat it after working hours. Unfortunately, some of them just couldn’t wait.

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Not knowing that there was cannabis in the cake, two of Mariska’s colleagues quickly ate a few slices, something they would end up regretting shortly. One of the sweet-toothed hotel workers reportedly started feeling very tired, started vomiting, and eventually lost consciousness. He was found sleeping in his own vomit by a passerby. Even after waking up, he felt so bad that he couldn’t even go home and had to spend the night at the hotel.

The other colleague became nauseous immediately after eating the cannabis-infused dessert and then reportedly slept very poorly for a while. Both men ended up taking Mariska to court for her surprise farewell gift.

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“Some people react well, but for others, it doesn’t work,” Mariska told the court, in an attempt to explain that it was never her intention to make her colleagues sick.

The woman’s explanation didn’t exactly convince the judge, who described the woman’s actions as a “bad prank gone wrong” and said that she should have thought about the possible consequences of her actions. Still, he didn’t agree with the 60 hours of community service requested by the prosecutor, instead forcing the woman to pay her colleagues compensation as well as a suspended fine of 750 euros ($800). Keep in mind that cannabis is legal in the Netherlands.

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