GUADALAJARA, MEXICO – On June 27th, Margaret Shangleford woke from one of the most restful nights of sleep she can remember. Unfortunately, she awoke in La Tortugita restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico, more than 2,000 miles from her home in Boise, Idaho.
“I don’t know how on earth I got there… I don’t even have a passport!” claimed Ms. Shangleford to reporters after authorities at the US Embassy were contacted. She says she woke to find herself in her night-gown at a booth near the back of the restaurant, with a bowl of menudo and a duffle bag filled with over $20,000 US dollars worth of Mexican pesos.
Her story began when, after seeing a TV commercial, she asked her doctor about Somnularis (Riphthereledon) for treatment of her troubling insomnia. It ended in an unfamiliar country, eating a soup that she said she has “no particular interest in ever eating again.” Shangleford’s experience of the new drug was shared by 6 other patients from various parts of the country who also found themselves at La Tortugita after using Somnularis.
“Every couple of days, a foreigner comes wandering into the restaurant about 9:30AM, completely dirty and sweaty, sits in that back booth, and orders menudo in perfect Spanish,” reported Javier Xcalta, through a translator. His family has owned La Tortugita for 27 years, but he says they’ve never had customers quite like this before.
“People don’t usually order menudo in the morning, so it seemed odd at first. Now we keep a pot on the stove,” said Mr. Xcalta.
A spokesperson for ZestroPharmica claims that there is no proven link between the new drug and these reported incidents; however, the manufacturer has voluntarily pulled the drug from the market while the FDA and the US Department of State open investigations.
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