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Monday, October 25, 2010

This Law Suit is a Hot Mess

I read this week that a couple in Cleveland, TN is suing a restaurant called Steak 'n Shake as well as the waiter because they were given some hot sauce that was too spicy for their 14 year old son. After he ate it, he had a severe reaction including hives, difficulty breathing, inflammation of his digestive system, mouth and throat and several other "I'm-a-pussy" related symptoms. He is also suffering permanent damage. They drove his ass right to the hospital and and one year later they are suing for compensatory damages of $10,000 and punitive damages of $50,000.

The hot sauce was called Mega Death and it turns out that it wasn't a product that the restaurant officially served. Either the waiter was just trying to go above and beyond by serving his guests something he thought they would like or he was just a rude ass waiter who wanted to prank these bitches. I go with the latter. The family had probably been annoying him all day by asking for stupid shit like extra ice and lemons so they could make their own lemonade. Or maybe they wanted the Chinese Chicken salad but instead of peanut dressing they wanted Ranch and instead of chicken they wanted steak. And leave off the peanuts. And no lettuce but substitute it for a baked potato. By the time the kid asked for some hot sauce for his goddamn chili, the waiter was like "yeah, I got some hot sauce for you." I must admit I have imagined taking a crying baby's bottle and dipping the nipple into Tabasco so I can kinda see where this waiter is coming from. Was it right of him to do it solely because he was being a prick? Absolutely not. Is it funny as yell? Absolutely yes.

Let's look at the responsibility of the family though, shall we? If you ask for hot sauce and one comes to your table that is unfamiliar to you, maybe it would be a good idea to look at the label. This label says that it's called Mega Death. And it has a skull hanging off of it. It says it's hotter than 500 jalapeno peppers. That might be a clue that you don't want to just pour it into your chili all willy nilly. But the kid did and now they want some money because their son is "permanently damaged." By hot sauce. How is someone permanently damaged by hot sauce? And as a 14 year old, I think he should have been able to read a label himself. He's in high school, right? I know our education system is not what it should be, but most 14 year olds can read, can't they? And if they say he was hospitalized do they mean more than just a trip to the emergency room? The father is a pastor of a church so it would be easy to assume that he would turn the other cheek or forgive the waiter for his ways, but in this day and age it's much easier to call 1-800-SUE-THEM. Surely when this case is settled out of court, Mr. Pastor will be donating all of his settlement to the collection plate. Uh huh. Right.

According to reports, the waiter no longer works at Steak 'n Shake which must be a terrible blow to his ego. Working at a place called Steak 'n Shake has got to be so fulfilling. It's right up there with working at Houlihan's, Pizzeria Uno's and The Black Eyed Pea. Hopefully, this waiter will not be held responsible. They asked for hot sauce, he brought them hot sauce, case closed. Regardless of the fact that the boy's esophagus closed up tighter than Carl Paladino's sphincter muscle at gay pride parade, the waiter only did what he was asked to do.

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26 comments:

Bouncin' Barb said...

Unfreakenbelievable. This truly is a law suit happy society. I am 100% in agreement with you. It's sad but oh so funny! Almost as funny as when a chef put herbal laxative in the general managers steak au' poivre for being a prick.

Jodi said...

Did he eat all of his food? I mean, if you have a couple of bites and realize how freaking hot it is, wouldn't you stop? There's no way you would get hives from extremely hot food after just a few bites! And if he did eat all the food, why would the parents just let him sit there and eat it while his mouth burned.
Next time try a little bit of the 'hot sauce' AND read the bottle before you have to spend $10,000 in medical costs then try to sue the restuarant.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Whoa what a lame call on the parents...Its obvious their son probably had a premedical condition.. The hot sauce could have exasperated the issue, not CAUSE it... Looks like the parents are sue happy...Besides the kid was old enough to know how much to pour, right? Seems as tho he's a brick short as they say.

Mind Of Mine said...

Other pussy related symptoms!!

Too frickin right!

Emptyhead51 said...

First off, I live in Tn. and Steak & Shake is nothing more than a dine-in, fast food restaurant that serves paper thin, tastless hamburgers and other misc. menu items. Sounds like a set-up job to me....(my opinion only)

IS EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY OUT TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK!!!

Hey, I could use a little extra cash, catch ya later, off to McD's for a HOT cup'o coffee!

aims said...

lmfao... this is a case of...'mom my chili is really fucking hot, like lawsuit hot, can we pay the cable bill still? i'd really like an xbox, should i keep eating?'

'BOY YOU EAT THAT SHIT UP!!! we'll sue tomorrow!!'

that's america!

LOVE this post!! 'other pussy related symptoms!!' lmao!!! he'll make some girl real proud one day. lol

Just Plain Tired said...

This country is a litigation happy bunch of idiots. It's crazy what people will do to try to get a few bucks for their own idiocy.

Julie said...

I agree! It's all about the money. By the way, I'm glad we're not the only restaurants where people ask for more lemons to make lemonade. It happens all the time!

Mary A. said...

See, when I sue people for $50K, I like to sue people who actually HAVE $50K.

That's why I rarely sue waiters. Or daycare workers. Or janitors.

They shouldda just put a severed finger in their chili.

Mustang Sally said...

I hope they lose the lawsuit. Stupidity should not be rewarded

Mack said...

I see guys, that just seems to be an allergic reaction which he had. It can happen to anyone.. nobody is responsible for it.

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Elora81 said...

My God you're too bud...I love it!!!!

Miss Vicki said...

God I love this blog!!!
Like you said,kid asked for hot sauce...he got hot sauce...end of story.

Kara Hoag said...

From a news article on this:

"The Ganns claim the employee who brought their son Blair's Mega Death Sauce, failed to warn him about its intensity and encouraged him to consume it."

Haha, 'Here, little boy, taste THIS in your chili. You'll like it, I promise.. Come on, eat it up. That's a good boy...'

Jennifer Scavone said...
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Jennifer Scavone said...

people are idiots

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ChiTown Girl said...

OK, first, there is seriously a Steak 'N Shake commercial playing on my TV right now as I type this! I take it you don't have them in NY. It's basically a fast food place, along the lines of a Culver's. Wait, do you have those in NY? Anyway, I'm sure the waiter will be able to get a job at Micky D's or Burger King. These parents, however, need to be bitch slapped!!!

G said...

No sympathy from this quarter whatsoever.

Clueless parents equals clueless offspring.

Bruce said...

yet another reason that i am glad i am out of the biz... oh wait idiots are everywhere, and unfortunately some of them have enough $$$ or gov't ass is tance to go OUT to eat...

i think on the bottle, in small print, it says, "i smell *like* lawsuit"

this is truly a case of what happens when trailer trash get a bit o' coin...they spend it and go out lookin for ways to make more...

Phoenix said...

Dumbasses.
When I worked at Chili's a 12 year old boy ordered the habenero bbq ribs. I made sure it was alright with his parents and warned them they were pretty hot. They laughed and told me he could handle.
Fast forward to 2 minutes after the kid took his first bite and I come back to the table, the kid is beet red and sweating. From one bite. Guess what they wanted? Yep, regular bbq ribs. I'll just toss out one of the most expensive items on our menu because you're an idiot... it's fine.

Mel })!({ said...

Currently living IN Cleveland, this made me laugh.

#1, everyone is either a pastor, pastors kid or related to a pastor somehow here.

#2. of course they would take their entire family to Steak N shake for extremely overpriced burgers on their shoestring-ministry budget

#3. The 14 yr old probably goes to school here, as did his parents most likely so NO, its very possible that they could NOT read the label.

Manuel said...

wowo....just wow....

Anonymous said...

...I love hot sauce, but when I order wings and they ask hot, medium, mild or SUICIDAL, I just get hot... if I see the word DEATH with SKULL on the bottle, that MIGHT make me pause and think again... Ummm it's called MEGA DEATH... what did they frickin' expect?...geeesh, some people... I guess they didn't learn as a kid what a SKULL on a bottle means... LMAO, the little dumb ass got what he deserved...

holly said...

"And several other "I'm-a-pussy" related symptoms": that shit is hilarious.

As a couple others commented, Steak n Shake is not an actual restaurant. It's a fast-food joint complete w/a drive-thru so I'm really not sure why they have servers. Their servers are nowhere near the high status of Houlighans-perhaps Applebee's.

Kristine said...

Have I got a bottle of "Liquid Lucifer" for these dingledouches!

dirtydisher said...

" "I'm-a-pussy" related symptoms." LMFAOOOO!