If you are in Berlin this Christmas season, you should avoid taking drinks from strangers and Santa’s.
A teenage girl fell ill at a Berlin market after accepting a drink from a man dressed as Santa Claus, in the eighth suspected poisoning case to hit Christmas markets in the German capital in a week.
The 15-year-old suffered vomiting and short-term memory loss Saturday after the unidentified man offered her a paper cup containing alcohol at the market in Berlin, the German news agency DPA reported.
Doctors later confirmed that an unidentified substance was mixed into the drink.
It remained unclear whether the man dressed as Santa was the same man who allegedly poisoned at least seven other people in the city’s Christmas markets over the past week.
The suspect, believed to be in his 40s, first struck by offering two foreign visitors free alcohol, telling the pair that he was celebrating becoming a father.