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You’re right: This IS nuts

Submitted by on Thursday, 7 May 2009 2 Comments

A Virginia man with food allergies orders a burger then digs in without checking.

He has a reaction, and now he’s filed a whopper of a suit against Burger King, claiming the sandwich made him sick.

The predictable outcome, aside from a quick dismissal of the case: Someone somewhere will use this to indict people with food allergies as expecting the world to take care of them instead of taking responsibility.

In this case, I don’t think it’s a leap to suggest that this man was irresponsible. I simply cannot imagine why anyone would dive into fast food – or any restaurant meal for that matter – without first checking. Particularly if you have food allergies. That food orders are screwed up is hardly a shocking revelation.

But I’m going to hate it when this lawsuit is used to condemn all of us. Really, most of us have enough sense to check first.

Copyright 2009 Debra Legg.

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  • Jenny said:

    I had the same thought when I read this story! Restaurants need to be accountable but we must also take responsibility for our own allergies. Geez.

  • Debra said:

    EXACTLY! It’s one thing if a restaurant tells you, say, there’s no egg in the bread but there is and you react. It’s quite another to special order to omit things you’re allergic to then don’t check to make sure they’re left off.