Fat man demands civil rights

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Just wants to sit like a “normal” person

Man Sues White Castle for Uncomfortable Seating Arrangements

From the NY Post:  A devoted, 290-pound White Castle fan is steaming mad at the fast-food chain, which he says repeatedly broke promises to make the booths in his local eatery bigger.   All stockbroker Martin Kessman wants is a place at the table. But when the 64-year-old walked into the White Castle in Nanuet back in April 2009 for his usual No. 2 combo meal, he got an unpleasant surprise.

“They’re stationary booths,” he told The Post. “I’m not humongous, [but] I’m a big guy. I could not wedge myself in.Mortified and in pain from smacking his knee into one of the table’s metal supports, Kessman limped out of the restaurant, and later penned a complaint to corporate 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.  Kessman claims he has no problem finding a place to take a load off at other fast-food places, and fits easily into airline seats.
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.
But somehow, the humiliation didn’t dampen Kessman’s appetite for sliders at a discount.  “My wife went and picked up the burgers … because I did not want to set foot into the store,” he said. “Any subsequent trips to the store have been made by my wife — I have been like an outcast.”
White Castle also pledged to expand its seats, Kessman claimed.  “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.”
The Rockland County man says the chain’s uncomfortable booths violate the civil rights of fat people.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 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.
Kessman could have approached a store manager and asked for a regular chair, said White Castle spokeswoman Jamie Richardson, who had no timetable for the expected renovation of the Nanuet store.
Disability is defined by the ADA as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.” In 2008, effective January 1, 2009, it was broadened and added to the ADA examples of “major life activities” including, but not limited to, “caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working” as well as the operation of several specified “major bodily functions.”
The definition of “impair” as defined by Merriam Webster: “to damage or make worse by or as if by diminishing in some material respect”.
Kessman is purposely impairing his health by choosing to eat as many White Castle sliders as he wants.  It is insulting that he hides behind the ADA to protect his “civil rights”.  Those that are born/end up with true disabilities are deserving of protection.  A person that freely chooses to stuff his/her mouth and make themself fat has only themself to blame.
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0 responses to “Fat man demands civil rights

  1. Oh for freaking real? How did we become such a nation of whiners!?

    • Will,
      I’d like to put them all in a time machine and boot their whiny behinds back to the early 1800s and drop ’em in, say, the middle of what is now Arizona.
      LOL – I bet they wouldn’t last a week.

  2. I’m actually surprised that it’s taken this long for someone in litigious everything’s-my-right America to sue about fat discrimination. This case will be interesting because it may set a precedent for the commercial airlines industry, where economy seats are getting narrower and narrower as Americans get fatter and fatter.

    • Eowyn,
      Just wait until you see the little gem Obama has dropped into his “jobs” bill for his trial lawyer friends concerning prospective employers hiring even more qualified applicants over the long-term unemployed.

  3. “Just wants to sit like a ‘normal’ person.”
    LOL – Then stop scarfing down White Castles like they were M&Ms, fat ass.
    And do we ever need a loser pays legal system.

  4. Dennis H. Bennett

    Fat, but not silent anymore!
    Wait until this guy enters the Men’s Room and discovers whose ‘end’ is destruction!

  5. Silly man, silly suit, silly story and even sillier attitude on the part of people who expect the world to conform to their needs. White Castle owes the general public nothing when it comes to seating. Many places that serve food and beverages don’t even have chairs. If you go into a restaurant expecting a certain type of seating and it isn’t there, then leave. I am sure you can get out of the same door you entered, if you try. As a man who has carefully watched his weight all his life and given up eating fattening foods altogether, I will tell Martin Kessman to suck it up. I am seventy-seven and if I get a couple of pounds heavier, I cut back, he is only sixty-four and obviously has little self control. That is not the fault of White Castle. Kessman’s suit should be booted and he, as well, could stand a swift kick in the proper place, his fat ass!

  6. Put down the White Castle, tubby… step away from the cheeseburger.

  7. Waa… waa… *scarf* ..waa… *nom nom* waa…waa, ……errrp!

  8. For once I agree with commenters here…
    All the same, you can still go straight to hell as far as I’m concerned. 🙂

  9. More reason why we need Tort reform

  10. “I’m not humongous, [but] I’m a big guy. I could not wedge myself in.”
    Yes you are humongous.
    “I just want to sit down like a normal person,” said Kessman, who is suing for bigger chairs and unspecified damages.
    Then become a normal size. Bring your own chair.

  11. Came across this from Carlos Mencia (can be shown on TV, don’t worry)…


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