Clean on the inside

“This isn’t apple juice!” [Warning: autostart video]

Students were mistakenly served Pine-Sol instead of apple juice, according to a report released by the [Hawaii] state Department of Health.

It happened Tuesday at Kilohana United Methodist Church Preschool.

In the report, the school’s director said morning snacks were being prepared by a classroom assistant in the kitchen. The snacks consisted of dry crackers and juice.

The assistant saw the yellow/brown-colored liquid container on a clean-up cart in the kitchen, and returned to the classroom with the crackers and container with liquid. The assistant poured the liquid into cups as the classroom teacher tended to students. The classroom teacher realized it was not apple juice based on its smell, and stopped the students from drinking it.

The assistant has since left her job at the preschool, which makes me wonder if this was a last act of revenge.

Oh, and be careful around Old English furniture polish, which appears to be apple, lemon-lime, or strawberry. It is, of course, none of those things.

(Via @TheBeardWhisperer.)


  1. Dan T. »

    1 December 2018 · 7:27 pm

    I remember somebody a while back tweeting a picture showing nearby store displays of two products in nearly identical looking packaging, one being some sort of drink and the other being something not intended to be drunk like antifreeze or something of that sort; both were brightly colored liquids that would be hard to tell apart (at least if you didn’t have a sense of smell).

    In my bathroom drawer, I have a container of eye drops, and can’t help thinking how similar that looks to a container of KrazyGlue or SuperGlue… and, given that somebody is likely to want to use eye drops when they’re in a state where it is difficult for them to focus enough to read the fine print on a package, somebody might end up using the wrong product with very unfavorable results.

  2. fillyjonk »

    1 December 2018 · 7:40 pm

    Dan: More than once I’ve come THIS close to putting hydrocortisone cream (for hives) on my toothbrush. Luckily, I’ve only ever come THIS close, ‘cos I’m guessing it doesn’t leave your breath minty fresh.

    I do worry about the bizarrely colored (like, Windex-color) drinks made for kids; easy to confuse things. But then I’m an old stick in the mud about things like that who grew up with a hippie mom who eschewed food colorants.

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