A police officer is suing a deli after its cook admitted to stuffing body hair into his bagel in revenge for a traffic arrest.
Patrolman Jeremy Merck from the Evesham Police Department in New Jersey ordered an egg, cheese and turkey bagel from the Good Foods to Go in Marlton, New Jersey in February last year.
But after a few mouthfuls, he was disgusted to discover it contained pubic and chest hair.
Merck, who is now seeking unspecified damages from the deli and its cook, immediately went to hospital to be checked for diseases - but none was found.
Ryan Burke, who served the bagel, later admitted to tearing hairs from his chest and pubic area and putting them into the snack in retaliation for a traffic arrest by the officer.
In 2009, Merck charged Burke with traffic offences and Burke, from Stratford, New Jersey later complained the traffic case cost him $4,400.
Following the deli incident, the New Jersey State Police lab found the hairs contained Burke's DNA.
The 27-year-old cook was charged with aggravated assault, retaliation against a public servant and food tampering. He received two years probation, fines, and 15 days in jail to be served on weekends.
He was also fired from Good Foods immediately after his arrest.
A police report from the criminal case said: 'Burke admitted to tearing out hairs from his chest and his pubic area and placing them on Ptl. Merck's sandwich out of anger due to the fines and lawyers fees he had from the prior arrest in 2009.
'Burke admitted that he did not like Ptl. Merck as a result of that incident and expressed that he shouldn't have to see Ptl. Merck at Good Foods to Go.'
Now Merck, 30, is seeking unspecified damages from the deli and its former employee.
The lawsuit alleges Good Foods to Go was negligent for failing to keep its premises safe and for failing to properly examine the sandwich he was served.
It also claims the deli failed to properly hire, train, and supervise its employees.