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When Woodridge resident Diane Kern ordered a grilled Asian salad from the Chop’t restaurant on K Street NW last June, she was planning to eat some romaine lettuce and spinach, diced with Chop’t’s razor-sharp mezzaluna blade. Maybe some snow peas, too. She probably didn’t expect to find a bloody Band-Aid in her meal.

But that’s exactly what she discovered, and could have eaten, according to a lawsuit she filed against the chain last month. As she ate the salad, she discovered a tan object with “a slightly different appearance from the pita bread slices.”

Kern put the mysterious, vinyl-like substance on a napkin, and continued with her salad. Later, she discovered that it was definitely not pita bread.

Instead, she alleges, it was a used Band-Aid-style bandage, complete with bloodstains. Stunned, Kern made an immediate appointment with her doctor, who said the adhesive bandage would likely not cause her health problems. But according to her lawsuit, Kern still suffered damages. She’s suing the chain for emotional distress and negligence.

Neither Chop’t or Kern’s lawyer responded to requests for comment on the lawsuit.

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