Rep. Kucinich Sues House Cafeteria for $150,000 over Olive Pit

Friday, January 28, 2011
Nearly three years after his culinary encounter with the “dangerous substance,” Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has sued a congressional cafeteria for slipping an olive pit into the politician’s sandwich wrap. The offending morsel allegedly caused “permanent dental and oral injuries,” according to Kucinich’s lawsuit, after he bit unsuspectingly into his food on April 17, 2008.
“Said sandwich wrap was unwholesome and unfit for human consumption,” proclaims the lawsuit, which calls for the restaurant to pay Kucinich $150,000 to cover future dental and medical expenses and to compensate him for “pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment.”
Kucinich is suing Restaurant Associates, the company that operates the Longworth Cafeteria at the House of Representatives Office Building; Compass Group, the parent corporation of Restaurant Associates; and Performance Food Group and Foodbuy LLC, which are accused of supplying the defective olive.
Bizarre as Kucinich’s contention may seem, Matthew Heller of On Point notes that there is legal precedent for processed olive suppliers to be held liable for leaving pits in olives that a consumer may reasonably assume to be pitted.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
Rep. Dennis Kucinich Sues Cafeteria Over Olive Pit in Sandwich (by Sabrina Eaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Dennis Kucinich v. Restaurant Associates (Superior Court, District of Columbia) (pdf)


Lyn 7 years ago
Loss of employment? Really?? I wasn't aware that representatives were "docked" for time missed? Hmmm.......
Kv 7 years ago
I often agree with some of his politics but this is a BS move. You are spot on Matt from Ohio.
Terry 7 years ago
Mr Kucinich, you are a sad and pathetic money grubber! You should be embarrassed for even considering a lawsuit. Your pay and exceptional benefits are provided by the American taxpayer. Try, at least, to set an example other than that of an entitlement free loader. I'm so very glad you don't represent my state, but then again it may be better if you did so I could ensure a vote against you!
Matt from Ohio 7 years ago
Really. Really??? He should be embarrassed. How many people could lose their jobs at Compass Group if he succeeds with his lawsuit. What a great leader, hah. I'm certainly not against someone being compensated for gross negligence or injury caused through violence or major irresponsibility, but come on already. Kucinich has the best healthcare and dental plan in America, paid for by taxpayers. Get your tooth fixed and quit being a crybaby. According to the lawsuit, he suffered serious and permanent dental/oral injuries that required multiple surgical and dental procedures. Wow, now that's one heck of an olive pit. We should immediately send it to Afghanistan to help take out the Taliban.

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