Can I have fries with that "whine"? A super size customer is suing White Castle all because he can't fit his big gut in the booth.
290-pound Martin Kessman, a 64-year-old stockbroker, is suing the fast food chain after he says they repeatedly broke promises to make the booths in his Nanuet, New York eatery bigger.
It all started back in April 2009, when Kessman told the New York Post he got an unpleasant surprise with his No. 2 combo meal. "They're stationary booths," he told The Post. "I'm not humongous, [but] I'm a big guy. I could not wedge myself in."
Humiliated and in pain from hitting his knee on the edge of the table, Kessman says he limped out of the restaurant and complained to headquarters.
"As I looked around the restaurant, I saw that there were no tables and chairs that could accommodate a person that merely wanted to sit down and eat his meal," Kessman wrote.
He told The Post that White Castle replied with three "very condescending letters" and an offer that added insult to injury.
"In each letter was a coupon for three free hamburgers -- but the cheese was extra!" according to a lawsuit Kessman filed last week in Manhattan federal court.
Still, Kessman craved his White Castle burgers.
"My wife went and picked up the burgers ... because I did not want to set foot into the store," he told The Post. "Any subsequent trips to the store have been made by my wife -- I have been like an outcast."
According to Kessman, White Castle also pledged to expand its seats.
"They sent me specs and everything, about how the booths were going to be enlarged and made comfortable for people with a little more weight," Kessman said. "So two and a half years went by, and nothing was done."
Now he's filed a lawsuit saying the chain's uncomfortable booths violate the civil rights of all fat people.
The Americans with Disabilities Act is "applicable, not only to me, but to pregnant women and to handicapped people," he said.
"I just want to sit down like a normal person," said Kessman, who is suing for bigger chairs and unspecified damages.
What do you think about the lawsuit? Is it discrimination or does he just need to go on a diet?
Viewers serve up their thoughts on Facebook:
Laura writes: If u can't fit in the booth maybe fast food is not a good option for you
Starla writes: Maybe he outta try a table then he could move the seat back my self i think the booths r a little big but im not 200 lbs.
Kim writes: Instead of complaining about the booths being too small... how about stepping away from the White Castles in the first place... I'm not a small girl by any means and I like me some food.... but I know when enough is enough... Next he'll be suing the chain saying that the burgers are addictive and MADE him 290lbs... STEP AWAY MAN... STEP AWAY!!
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A 290-pound guy from New York is suing White Castle for not keeping its promise to make seating booths big enough for fat people.
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