A 7-year-old girl who inserted coins into a toy dispenser at a pizzeria in New York received a plastic capsule filled with medications for blood pressure and kidney stones instead, police said.
Courtney Jones was enjoying a family dinner at the Rochester House of Pizza with her mother and two young children on Friday when her daughter, Allyson, asked for 75 cents to use for the toy machine dispenser inside the eatery.
The little girl received three quarters from her grandmother before she went to use the machine under the supervision of her mother.
Courtney Jones (left) said her daughter, Allyson, 7, wanted 75 cents to use the toy dispenser (right) at the Rochester House of Pizza on Friday. She went with her daughter to the machine and was shocked at what came out during the third attempt
On the third attempt, the little girl received a plastic capsule filled with medications (above) for blood pressure and kidney stones instead, police said. The machine has since been removed from the eatery
Jones said her daughter received small toys on the first two attempts with using the dispenser.
But on the third and final time, the machine spit out a small plastic container that had at least three pills inside where a toy should have been instead.
‘I thought it was a sick joke with the drug epidemic going on,’ Jones, told . ‘I thought it was candy made to look like medication.’
But they looked real, and she said she quietly spoke to the manager about it before going to the police station.
Rochester police Capt. Jason Thomas said they are working with the pizza place (file above) and reviewing surveillance tape to see if the machine was tampered with
Rochester police Capt. Jason Thomas said Tuesday that two of the pills were blood pressure medication; the third was a capsule of medication to treat kidney stones.
He says the machine is owned by a vendor in Massachusetts.
Authorities are working with the vendor to determine how the medications got into the machine.
The pizza place has removed its toy dispensing machines, Thomas said.
Police plan to review surveillance tape to see if the machine was tampered with.
No other complaints about the toy machine have been received as of Wednesday.