Two British journalists were hospitalized this week after trying one bite of a burger claimed to be the hottest in England. The journalists’ media outlet, The Argus, says restaurant patrons who order the burger are required to sign a legal waiver before eating it because it is hotter than pepper spray.
One journalist who tried the “XXX Hot Chili Burger,” Arron Hendy, reportedly suffered from stomach pains and lost feeling in his hands as his eyes rolled back in his head.“I was in so much pain I was telling people I felt like I was dying,” Hendy told The Argus.
Journalist Ruari Barratt thought he had recovered after washing down his bite with lots of milk, but later experienced intense stomach pain as well. Both men were brought to the hospital in ambulances.
“It’s embarrassing but it felt that bad,” Hendy said. “If you’re thinking of trying this burger for a dare, just don’t.”
The owner of Burger Off, the restaurant which makes the insanely spicy burger, estimated the Indian-made piri piri chili sauce he uses to be between 7 and 9 million on the Scoville scale, which measures heat in spicy food. Pepper spray is between 500,000 and 5 million on the scale and NBC reports Tabasco sauce is just 2,500 to 5,000.
The Argus said they have reported on the dangers of the burger because customers trying the sandwich have been hospitalized in the past. The burger costs £3.99.