No, this isn’t another article about Starbucks and their wine and beer venture. This is an article about a hot sauce, a minister’s son, a waiter and the some hot chili sauce and the people who want to blame the sauce.
Picture this, Steak ‘n Shake, Cleveland, Tennessee. The Gann family consisting of father Tim, mother Mary Katherine and son Caleb were at the Cleveland, TN Steak ‘n Shake. Caleb was supposedly offered a bottle of ‘hot sauce’ by the waiter.
It seems that the hot sauce offered to Caleb had a label that read, “Mega Death Hot Sauce”. The owner of this franchise location, Debbie Richman, said the restaurant does not use that brand of hot sauce. She believes the waiter bought the hot sauce in Gatlinburg and brought it into the restaurant,
The manufacturer of Mega Death Hot Sauce says the product should not be used unless it is diluted as it contains ingredients that are 500 times hotter than jalapeño chili.
When Caleb ingested the hot sauce he broke out in hives, had difficulty breathing and was subjected to pain throughout his digestive system, so says the lawsuit the Gann’s have filed. They are asking for $10,000 in compensatory damages and $50, 000 in punitive damages. The suit, filed in Bradley County in late September, claims that Caleb has suffered permanent damage due to this incident.
The Ganns removed their son from the restaurant and took him to Skyridge Medical Center in Cleveland, TN. The Ganns are claiming that the restaurant did not screen the waiter properly when they hired him. The nameless employee is no longer employed by Steak ‘n Shake of Cleveland.
This is making news because it is supposedly the first lawsuit of its kind. The first lawsuit in history claiming ‘injury due to hot sauce’. Richman claims the waiter was screened in the same manner as all employees. Is she surprised by this? She says she always expects a lawsuit because people always want to blame others. They take no responsibility themselves.
The father, Tim Gann is a Pastor at Cleveland’s Prospect Church of God, would not comment on the case.
This is interesting since I have always felt that we should be held responsible for our actions. I remember a few years back I ate extremely hot mashed potatoes at a restaurant. My throat hurt from the burn and I wasn’t able to finish eating my meal. The waiter asked if the food was ok when he noticed I didn’t finish. I told him I burned my throat on the potatoes. He apologized, which is all he should have done. If I put hot food in my mouth, I should assume I might get burned. It was my own fault and no need to blame the restaurant, the cook or the waiter.
If you take your ‘child’ to a restaurant and you saw the words, “Mega Death Hot Sauce” on the bottle, would you allow a child to use that product? Of course you wouldn’t. You can’t blame the sauce.