One Georgia mother’s attempt to pack her teen daughter a well-balanced lunch didn’t quite go as planned.
McKenzie Strange, 17, said she opened her school lunch earlier this week to find a Four Loko, an alcoholic drink dubbed “blackout in a can” before the company stopped adding caffeine to its beverages in 2010.
“I texted my mom about it and she couldn’t believe the mistake she made,” Strange told BuzzFeed. “She was half asleep when packing my lunch and thought it was a Peace Tea.”
Strange posted a photo of the lunch to Twitter on Monday, including a text exchange between herself and her mom. Apparently, her mother mistook the alcoholic beverage for an “energy” drink or “I think tea.”
“It was in the refrigerator down stairs,” her mother explained in a text. Strange told BuzzFeed that the drink belonged to her 23-year-old brother, and added that she got rid of the beverage before she arrived at school.
The tweet has amassed nearly 100,000 retweets since being posted and 230,000 “likes.”
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Although her brother found the mix-up hilarious, Strange said her mother learned a valuable lesson from the incident.
“She said, ‘I need to get a cup of coffee before I try and pack lunches from now on,’ ” Strange told BuzzFeed.
Phusion Projects, the Chicago, Illinois, company behind Four Loko, reached an agreement with 20 attorneys general to stop adding caffeine to its drinks amid allegations that the beverage – when combined with caffeine – was “dangerous” and promoted binge drinking, according to Illinois state’s attorney general Lisa Madigan.