Wednesday 17 January 2018

Congressman sues over olive stone in sandwich

Jon Swaine

An American congressman is suing a café in the House of Representatives because it sold him a sandwich containing a hidden olive stone that damaged his teeth.

Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic representative for Ohio, is seeking $150,000 (€110,000) from Restaurant Associates, the New York-based owners of Washington's Longworth Cafeteria, and its parent companies.

Mr Kucinich, a Left-winger who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008, alleges that he suffered "serious and permanent dental and oral injuries" after biting the stone.

In a lawsuit filed at a court in the US capital, he states that in April 2008 he bought a sandwich wrap from the café, in the Longworth office building, which was "represented to contain pitted olives".

"Yet unknown" to Mr Kucinich, who styles himself as "America's most courageous congressman", the wrap in fact "contained an unpitted olive or olives", which he "did not reasonably expect to be present".

"As a result of consuming said unfit and unwholesome food, [Mr Kucinich] sustained serious and permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures," it states.

He "has sustained other damages as well, including significant pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment." He claims the company is guilty of negligence and "breach of implied warranty".

The congressman is seeking the money for "past and future dental and medical expenses, compensation for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment and other damages".

A spokesman for Mr Kucinich referred enquiries to his lawyer, Andrew Young. Mr Young said: "We have no comment to make. This is a private matter".

Gina Zimmer, a spokesman for Restaurant Associates, said: "We have received the lawsuit and we are reviewing the matter".

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