It’s been a season for weird lawsuits resulting from food production negligence.
Just days after a man filed a lawsuit against Heineken for allowing a pair of geckos to hang out in the bottom of his beer can, a woman is suing Chick-Fil-A for a similar crime.
In this new case, the woman, Ellen Manfalouti of Philadelphia, bit into her sandwich, only feel something in the bun that seemed unusual. At first she thought the sandwich was burnt, before her coworker pointed out that, no, actually, there was a small dead mouse cooked into her food.
Bizarrely, the local manager didn’t take this seriously, dismissing Manfalouti’s complaints outright. There’s no way of knowing why he figured this was the most appropriate response to the issue, considering that there’s really no arguing with someone who has been served a dead mouse as part of their meal.
Regardless, Manfalouti has now opened up a court case, suing Chick-Fil-A and the local store for $50,000 as a result of “physical and psychological injuries”. While it’s doubtful how much the mouse actually caused her physical harm, there’s no denying that when someone tries to feed you a mouse, you’re probably entitled to a good bit of compensation.
According to the lawsuit, Chick-Fil-A “failed to supervise employees who intentionally and/or knowingly served a sandwich to a customer with a dead rodent baked into the bun” and “failed to have proper procedures in place to inspect their own food products before selling them to customers”, which given the circumstances is really hard to argue.
All in all, this is a nice little horror story that you might want to remember the next time you’re craving a Chick-Fil-A.
We’re not saying that everyone who eats there is likely to be served a dead mouse as part of their meal. We’re merely noting that the chances of that happening are not entirely zero.