U.K. Bar Fined For Nitrogen Shot That Ruined Teen's Stomach
Oscar's Wine Bar has been fined $155,000 after improperly serving a drink containing liquid nitrogen to 18-year-old Gaby Scanlon.By Matt Picht | September 20, 2015
A U.K. bar has been fined the equivalent of $155,000 for improperly serving a liquid nitrogen drink to a customer. (Video via Freezerburn / CC BY 3.0)
Gaby Scanlon was celebrating her 18th birthday at Oskar's Wine Bar in 2012 when she was given a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen. Scanlon says she wasn't given any instructions on how to handle the drink, so she drank it before the chemical had evaporated.
Liquid nitrogen is sometimes used to give a drink a steaming effect, but it's definitely not safe to ingest. In Scanlon's case, the gas punctured her stomach lining: she had to spend three weeks in the hospital and have her stomach removed.