Former cook gets 7 years for poisoning restaurant’s Yum Yum Sauce

A Florida man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for adding deadly plumber's lye to sauce at a restaurant where he worked.

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A local news outlet reported that Margarito Padilla, 54, pleaded no contest to introducing a chemical into a food or drink, as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Lakeland police said Padilla was arrested in June after the owner of Hibachi Express watched surveillance video that showed Padilla access a container of poisonous drain cleaner and then head to the area where the Yum Yum Sauce was kept. The owner had checked the video after tasting the sauce during a routine inspection, and felt his mouth burn.

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Padilla confessed to putting poison in the sauce, saying he was unhappy about working conditions at the restaurant.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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