Maybe it’s just me…or perhaps it’s today’s political culture…but I just don’t find it difficult to tell the truth. More than that, I find it almost impossible to lie. Here’s an example:
Dude, how old are you?
I’m 53. See? That first answer felt awful.
Dude, are you happily married?
Dude, is the Starbucks you’re sitting in ungodly loud?
When a person lies easily…it’s an ugly personality flaw?
When a business lies? Disgusting, deranged, dreadful, deplorable and yeah let’s throw one more D in there: Dangerous. We see it all the time with large corporations. Lying for profit seems to be in their DNA. And when they get caught, they get fined pennies, if anything.
What about when a restaurant lies about their food being safe for those MUST eat gluten free? Not only is our health affected, but our trust is also shuttered. And here is the million dollar question. Do we have any recourse? Please read the following email conversation I had yesterday and share your advice.
My daughter got progressively worse and I have exhausted tons of funds and was getting suspicious. I had someone call the restaurant when a staff answered and said “the fries are definitely NOT gluten free” because they go into the same fryer. The owner then yelled from the background “they are not gluten free and that they are dusted with flour.”
I am so pissed at this point as I have spent 15 months, traveling from CA (Hoag Ctr) to the Mayo clinic to figure out why her gut issues etc. are not getting better and she has been in excruciating pain. I want to 1) report them to the state for false advertising and 2) sue them.
Any idea? Trust me, if you knew the savings that I have cleared out for my poor girl and would see the videos in which she is screaming in pain you would understand.
Me: Unreal. So sorry for what you and your daughter have been through. I’d like to see some kind of recourse taken against the restaurant. To confirm…the owner said the fries were GF but then said (in the background on the phone) that they were NOT GF. Is that correct? Also, did you ask about a separate fryer earlier on? Just want to make sure I have my facts clear.
She told me on the first day that the fries were gluten free and several times after. Her menu at this moment still states that the fries and other stuff is gluten free; so does her info on her Facebook. I work with kids with autism and am fully versed in gluten, diary, and other reactive issues. My daughter has severe gut issues and we are very strict on what she can and can not eat. Her doc is wondering why her extreme gut reset (2 of them) did not take and she still has an extreme high permeable gut etc.
Well, now I know! And here I was thinking I am treating her to her special fries twice per month to make her happy and keep her safe. smh
So there we have it. And we all know this is NOT an isolated incident. Our community, especially those who are newly diagnosed and may not yet feel the “confidence” to really ask the necessary questions, is getting sick. And nothing is being done.
So the question again is…do we have any legal recourse? I’m not a lawyer. I don’t even play one on TV nor have I stayed at a Howard Johnson’s so I can’t even pretend to know the answer.
And to finish on a lighter note, here’s a funny video of Kevin Hart taking a lie detector test. Laughter is always the best medicine.