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Old 10-21-2010, 04:03 PM
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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Some don't like it hot. A Steak 'n Shake restaurant in Cleveland, Tenn., was sued by a couple who claimed it served a hot sauce that sent their son to the hospital.

Tim and Mary Katherine Gann said a restaurant server gave their minor child a bottle of Blair's Mega Death Sauce for his chili and encouraged him to eat some. When he did, he broke out in hives, had trouble breathing and suffered severe pain.

The brand isn't customarily served by the chain, according to the Cleveland Daily Banner. Mega Death's maker warns that it's "500 times hotter than a jalapeno."

A spokeswoman for franchise owner Debbie Richmond said Thursday the company wasn't commenting.

The lawsuit seeks $10,000 in compensation and $50,000 punitive damages.

Sweet Mercy!!!
Mega death is some hardcore stuff. some suppliers demand signature of a release waiver before selling it to you. it is the 2nd hottest blair makes.(i am addicted to blair products...i'm also 40-something, and have been using these type sauces for years.)

the server encouraged a small child to do this? that's really sick. i hope someone can press charges. this is a kid we're talking about here!!! there is a warning label on most blair products. either way, the server is a sick f&^%.
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Yes, ultimately it is the parents fault.

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why would the parents allow him to try it...really??? I am having a hard time with the law suit....
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I'm picturing this "minor child" as being about 14-17 years old and a fan of the show Jackass. If a server puts a bottle of something called "Mega Death" on the table and the parents allow a younger child to eat enough of it to require a trip to the hospital, than the parents need to get a clue. Whatever happened to self acountability?
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Originally Posted by Cousin Eddie View Post
I'm picturing this "minor child" as being about 14-17 years old and a fan of the show Jackass. If a server puts a bottle of something called "Mega Death" on the table and the parents allow a younger child to eat enough of it to require a trip to the hospital, than the parents need to get a clue. Whatever happened to self acountability?







I'm with you, Eddie!

Letting my kid eat something labeled "Mega Death" is not something on the list of things for me to do as a parent...

I'm sure the parents thought it was "cute" or "cool" for their kid to try it.

Now they want to sue...

Personal responsibility takes a back seat to parental structure once again...

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Originally Posted by jakebrake View Post

the server encouraged a small child to do this? that's really sick. i hope someone can press charges. this is a kid we're talking about here!!! there is a warning label on most blair products. either way, the server is a sick f&^%.

jake, where have you been hiding your head all these years? How can you simply report a report of alleged actions when you, yourself, know that it's pretty impossible for things to have happened that way?

If you actually believe that the"kid" was force-fed the sauce...then what is your reasoning behind the parents both being there and not doing anything to stop it?

Considering that they might have...well, thought it was funny???...and the saw the agony and thought about a settlement instead. What about that makes you upset at anybody besides the kid and the parents? ;?
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There used to be a word in the dictionary, I think it was called parenting.
I guess they removed it.
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Just another example of the "blame someone else" mentality. The sad part is, the average idiot on a jury (if it goes that far) will give these people money.
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I dont think the server is any less of an asshat weather the parents should have done something or not. With that being said I dont think the parents/kid are due any comp. Except maybe a free cheesburg or something.
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What we need here is the full story. It's interesting to read this part, but I would really like to see the restaurant's side of things. "In sight it must be right" doesn't seem to apply here..damn, I love their shakes....!!
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Awful lot of jumping on the " bad parenting " bandwagon here. I have not tried to research this for additional facts but nowhere in the OP do I see the kids age or even if the parents were present. Not unusual for kids 14 and up to be at this type of restuarant with a group of friends. The OP does say that this hot sauce is not provided by the restuarant so as far as we know it was just some 17 / 18 year old employee who passed the stuff out to a group of friends.
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Originally Posted by Cousin Eddie View Post
I'm picturing this "minor child" as being about 14-17 years old and a fan of the show Jackass. If a server puts a bottle of something called "Mega Death" on the table and the parents allow a younger child to eat enough of it to require a trip to the hospital, than the parents need to get a clue. Whatever happened to self acountability?
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Originally Posted by starmonk View Post
With that being said I dont think the parents/kid are due any comp. Except maybe a free cheesburg or something.







With or without the "Mega Death" sauce???
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I dont know about you guys, but when I go to a restaurant I generally expect whatever they put in front of me to be safe to eat (barring some allergy). If they serve something even potentially dangerous, they sure as heck better give me ample warning. And just calling it "mega death" is not enough. Hot sauces have all sorts of names that do not imply edibility.
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In my years of waiting tables back in college I would never have randomly egged some kid on to chug the hot sauce. The whole story is not here.

I'm imagining a 17 year old kid (who for all we know might look 25) talking tough and having some pride issues, trying to prove his manliness. Also, that server didn't go to the back and grab the hot sauce without being asked for it; and was probably asked for "the hottest thing ya got"
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I dont know about you guys, but when I go to a restaurant I generally expect whatever they put in front of me to be safe to eat
To a certain point.

If you ask they'll put Bacardi 151 in front of you. Have enough of that and you'll be in the hospital too
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Originally Posted by ryan darrow View Post
If you ask they'll put Bacardi 151 in front of you. Have enough of that and you'll be in the hospital too









Oh, but what a ride!!!
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Originally Posted by newlyn View Post
I dont know about you guys, but when I go to a restaurant I generally expect whatever they put in front of me to be safe to eat








You don't eat at McD's, do you!!!


But I get your point...
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Originally Posted by ABoater View Post
Oh, but what a ride!!!
What a ride is right!
Last time I drank that (1977) I fell off my bike!
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Do not see where the parents were actually present at the meal.

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