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A Burger Off fast-food joint in the UK sent two journalists to the hospital this week after the pair munched on a burger whose very name implies that one probably shouldn’t even dare to eat it – The XXX Hot Chili Burger. The Burger Off in Hove, England, offers the ridiculously spicy fare and claims that the piquant sauce has more kick than hot pepper spray.

Arron Hendy, assistant news editor for The Argus, along with Ruari Barratt, a reporter in training, “were taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital after they each bit into the XXX Hot Chili Burger,” reports NewsMax. “Hendy reportedly took just one bite of the burger and decided it was too spicy to eat any more. He was apparently fine after drinking a large amount of milk. Barratt, on the other hand, began having severe stomach pains and lost feeling in his hands just minutes after taking the first bite of the burger. His legs also began shaking and his eyes rolled back in his head.”

The two intentionally went to Burger Off to sample the renowned menu item – which carries a measurement of 7 to 9 million on the Scoville spicy heat measurement scale. The recommendation from the two men after their ordeal? Just don’t.

“It’s embarrassing but it felt that bad. If you're thinking of trying this burger for a dare, just don't,” said Hendy, who added that Burger Off’s owner, Nick Gambardella, made them sign a waiver before they sampled the burger.

Barratt said: “It was hard to walk. I needed to drink milk to neutralize the burning, which was hard because I was hyperventilating so much my hands had seized up.”

Hendy, who only had one bite of the burger, said he later developed symptoms similar to his colleague. “I was in so much pain I was telling people I felt like I was dying.”

Owner Gambardella said they “try and take a certain level of responsibility. We don’t sell the burger to anyone under 18, and if someone’s been drinking we don’t let them have it. I spend about as much time convincing people not to try one as I do selling them. I tell people it will ruin their weekend.”

Gambardella admitted that the burger has sent others to the hospital before, which begs the question – why even sell such an item on the menu? The sauce, which is made in India, uses an incredible 11,000 pounds of piri piri peppers concentrated down into just 2.2 pounds, reports the Argus.

Others have tried, but few can finish the obscenely hot burger, as the video above showed.



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