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Judge Carton Rules: All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Bar Law

Welcome back to Judge Carton Rules, where a fake judge issues rulings to spare the parties to cases in which the outcomes are obvious the time and expense of further litigation. There is just one case on today's docket. We'll hear now from counsel for the the plaintiff:

Plaintiff's Counsel: The restaurant offered "all you can eat sushi for $28," and my client accepted. My client is diabetic, however, and cannot eat rice, so he just ate the seafood off the top and left the rice. But then the owner of the restaurant told my client that if he wanted the all-you-can-eat price, he'd have to eat the rice too and not just fill up on fish. He insisted that sushi includes rice, and that "sashimi" is just fish. But we say "NO! We will not eat your rice!" And my client wants at least $4,000 in damages for the "humiliation, embarrassment and mental anguish" he suffered after being discriminated against "on the basis of his disability" (diabetes).

Judge Carton: Thank you, we will now hear from defense counsel.

Defense counsel: Your honor, the rice is clearly part of the all-you-can-eat sushi. My client would go broke if people ate as much fish as they wanted for $28.

Judge Carton: OK, I've heard enough. I rule that the restaurant cannot make a person eat rice if they do not want to eat it any more than an all-you-can-eat prime rib restaurant can make me eat a basket of bread before I start on the meat. I rule that the plaintiff gets a coupon for one all-you-can-eat meal of fish only at defendant's sushi bar for the originally offered price of $28. And I rule that defendant must change his sign to state the price of a fish-only all-you-can-eat meal. I award plaintiff zero dollars in damages.

Posted by Bruce Carton on February 28, 2011 at 05:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)


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