"A few weeks ago I came home from work and ate a Jeno's brand pizza --I eat them just about every day as a snack," says Arendt. "Later that night I started feeling crampy and had a really bad stomach ache. Then it got worse until I started throwing up. I almost ran to the bathroom and that is where I pretty much spent the whole night. It was ugly. As you can imagine, I didn't get much sleep. Next day, it was the same thing, in and out of the bathroom and obviously I didn't go to work."
Arendt is a healthy 25-year-old guy and he never gets sick. He had no idea what was making him feel so awful. "I felt that I had to go to the hospital but I didn't have any insurance (I'm working on that right now) so I just waited it out. I started feeling a bit better on the third day but I still wasn't able to go to my construction job.
"On the fourth day, I went to work but I still felt really weak; it wasn't a productive day. I was still chugging Pepto Bismal, thinking I had stomach flu. And I took aspirin. Nothing helped.
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I was shocked because I love these pizzas and eat them all the time. I am still freaked out by the whole thing, wondering how E coli got into my pizza. I was also upset knowing this food made me sick.
I would at least like to be compensated from the time I missed at work. And I'm keeping the empty pizza boxes for evidence; I'm going to keep the boxes unless a lawyer tells me otherwise."