Why are people so evil? From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington:

KELSY MACOM, 36, of Buckley, Washington, was sentenced today to 30 days in jail, three months of home detention with electronic monitoring, and three years of supervised release for Tampering with a Consumer Product. MACOM claimed in April 2008, that her then 7-year-old daughter was injured by a piece of glass in a bottle of Dasani water — a Coca-Cola company product. MACOM demanded $3,000 from Coca-Cola to settle the matter. When she pleaded guilty on January 13, 2010, MACOM admitted she had made up the entire hoax. MACOM used her young daughter, and her employment at a consumer oriented agency, in hopes of getting a quick financial settlement. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton labeled the crime “despicable.”

According to records filed in the case, on April 15, 2008, MACOM first contacted the Coca-Cola company in Atlanta, Georgia, claiming that her 7-year-old daughter had been injured by a small shard of glass in a bottle of Dasani water.

MACOM used her home e-mail address on the initial contact, but later used the e-mail address and contact information for her employer — the Better Business Bureau.

Ms. Macom previously received a settlement after she claimed her daughter was injured by glass in a candy bar in 2007. More at Food Poison Journal.