Monday, September 03, 2007

Employee Accused of Poisoning Boss' Coffee

I guess I better watch out for this.:
"Rose told police that she had placed the coffee on her desk and walked out of her office. When she returned after forgetting something, she saw Chiu holding a baster-like object over her coffee mug. The baster was believed to contain xylene, a substance found in paint thinner and airplane fuel."
I have a hard time thinking she would die from this. She would have likely smelled it and would have definitely tasted it. The LD50 (lethal dose for 50% of the test subjects) is 4300 mg / kg. So, for a 50 kg lady, it would take 215 kg ingested to kill her. That is a lot. Even if she chugged a coffee cup full, the likely effect would be her throwing up.

Regardless, the idiot tried so he will go to jail.


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