Pill in Walmart grapes: Surprise, Arizona family finds surprise in store fruit

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Carla Egelston bought what looked like a regular container of grapes. But when her daughter, Brianna, went to wash them, the family that lives in Surprise was, well, surprised.

"When I looked at it, it was a big white pill," Egelston said.

Egelston showed us a picture taken Oct. 8 of the white pill, right in the middle of a grape.

She bought the grapes from a Walmart in Peoria, Ariz., and wasn't pleased with their initial response.

"They didn't ask for any of my information, didn't ask for what type of grapes they were," Egelston said.

But after informing the store that she filed a police report with the Peoria Police Department Egelston said, "They wanted to know what type of grapes they were, my phone number, my name, everything."

Peoria police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto told NewsChannel5 Scripps sister station ABC15 that Egelston took the grapes to work where they stayed for a while before she took them home. Once the grapes were back in the home, one of Egelston's children went to eat the grapes and found the "substance."

Jacinto said since the grapes were in different locations, police are trying to figure out where the substance came from.

Meantime, Egelston posted the pictures to Walmart's official Facebook page, but says she has no ill will toward the store.

"I never said I was going to stop shopping at Walmart. I never said Walmart was at fault," Egelston said.

She just wants to remind parents to always check their food, for the sake of their kids.

"I'm not going to say I'm a perfect shopper and look at everything, but I'm more careful now. I just want to warn parents with little ones that people do this. There are sick people out there," Egleston said.

Jacinto said the substance has been sent to the Department of Public Safety lab for testing and it will take a couple of months to determine what the substance is.

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