There is a Twitter account called Endless Screaming. Every time he or she tweets, it’s simply:
That’s exactly my reaction to a fellow celiac suing a Las Vegas restaurant $100,000 for causing “permanent injury” after getting glutened. I’ll say it again:
Here’s the article. And here’s the Gluten Dude breakdown.
C’mon…we’ve all been glutened. Here’s my story when it happened to me. But a permanent injury??
[Looking up Xanterra]. Ah…now the picture is a bit clearer. It’s a huge company with I’m sure very deep pockets.
Can the press ever get things right? It’s not just wheat. Argh.
Personally, I never order items that are naturally prepared with gluten and then ask the chef to “remove” it. Too risky. And celiac disease is not a food allergy. Double argh.
Now I’m confused. Did he make sure the duck was gluten-free?
Like I said…we’ve all been there. It truly suuuuuuuucks. At this point, I feel for the guy and get his frustration. But here is where he loses me:
This. Is. Utter. Horseshit. How does he know he suffered permanent injuries? Medical expenses for the rest of his life? From getting glutened once??
Look…can having celiac disease cause life-long issues? Absolutely. But blaming it on ONE meal and suing for a hundred grand is total nonsense and it gives the community a bad name. It reminds me of the woman who sued P.F. Changs because they charge more for a gluten-free meal. Seriously. Charging an extra dollar to put practices in place that will keep a celiac safe? Sign me up.
Yes…if a restaurant claims something is gluten-free, it should indeed be gluten-free. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We take a risk every time we eat out unless the establishment is 100% gluten-free. You ever work in a busy kitchen? It’s mayhem back there and mistakes can happen. Filing a lawsuit is NOT the answer.
Call the restaurant. Explain what happened. Ask to have the meal comped. Reiterate how serious celiac disease is. Open up a conversation. But unless there was malice involved (a chef intentionally lying about a gluten-free meal, which has happened), let’s not get the lawyers involved. Nobody wins.
Your two cents?