Man Dies After Being Served Dishwasher Detergent Instead Of Wine

A Spanish man is dead because a waiter mistakenly gave him a glass of detergent under the impression it was white wine.

According to Daily Mail, 50-year-old Andres Lorente went to an unnamed cafe in Benicarlo, Spain on Sunday afternoon and ordered white wine.

The waiter retrieved a wine bottle from a refrigerator that someone transferred dishwasher detergent into and poured the clear, odorless liquid into the glass.

Lorente took a small sip and began suffering burns to his trachea, throat and stomach.

Because of the liquid's lack of color and odor, neither the waiter or Lorente could detect the mistake.

An ambulance took Lorente to a local health center, where he entered in critical condition.

The divorced father of two was then taken to a hospital in Vinaros, but Lorente died before he could be airlifted to a specialist in Castellon.

The owner of the cafe was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and questioned, but was released and will reportedly undergo additional questioning from an investigating judge at a further date.

An inside source to the investigation stated, as of now, the true cause of Lorente's death seems to have been carelessness.

He said,

In its appearance, texture and colour, it was identical to the glass of white wine the victim had ordered. Our understanding is he only took a small sip of the liquid.

Jose Antonio Martin, director of the gastroenterology department at Castellon General Hospital, told El Periodico Mediterraneo a small sip is all it takes for severe internal burns to ensue immediately.

Citations: A Man Has Died in Spain After Ordering a Glass of Wine But Instead Given a Dishwater Detergent By Mistake (Sky 105), Drinker Dies From Burns to His Windpipe and Stomach After Spanish Cafe Accidentally Serves Him Detergent Which Had Been Stored in an Empty White Wine Bottle (Daily Mail)