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(Seattle Times)   Guy awarded $228,000 for biting down on a steel ball bearing in nachos at Taco Bell.   ( ) divider line
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2002-02-09 03:14:44 PM  
Ahh, Taco Bell...where the food bites you back!
2002-02-09 03:15:03 PM  
Didn't you know? Everything is ballbearings these days.....
2002-02-09 03:15:28 PM  
Yo Quero Taco Bell
2002-02-09 03:15:58 PM  
If I was awarded a dime for every strnd of hair that I found in my nachos...I'd be rich!!!
2002-02-09 03:16:38 PM  
I wonder what was more harmful? The grade D dog meat, or the ball bearing?
2002-02-09 03:18:59 PM  
Mom What do you want be when you grow up?
Kid A temporomandibular-joint-disease specialist!!!
2002-02-09 03:20:27 PM  
Minky: hopefully you'd get at least a quarter for the short ones...
2002-02-09 03:20:42 PM  
Did this occur before or after the manager at the store blurted out 'Chomp down on deez nutz!'?????
2002-02-09 03:21:09 PM  
Hoosier: Maybe you need a refresher course.
2002-02-09 03:21:18 PM  
Wow, unlike most fast food-related injuries, this guy has my sympathy.
2002-02-09 03:23:24 PM  
yea, the coffee thing was bullshiat. My teeth are valued in the high six figures though.

gotta love that meat they have in them tacos.. kinda krunchy/spicy/greasy.
2002-02-09 03:23:31 PM  
Uh, couldn't he have put it there himself?
2002-02-09 03:24:45 PM  
Taco Hell's food is usually OK, but the brain-dread drones that work there are the scourge of the industry. I've had more orders screwed up there (doesn't matter what part of the country) than all the other chains combined.
2002-02-09 03:26:10 PM  
Am I the only one who wants to know why sour cream must be dispensed from a GUN?!? And why that gun requires ball bearings?
2002-02-09 03:28:32 PM  
Taco Bell. Ugh.
2002-02-09 03:31:55 PM  
MooKow, Uh, no.
2002-02-09 03:31:55 PM  

Everyone go to Taco Bell and slip a ball bearing into your taco and bite down on it.

Then call your lawyer afterwards.

If you don't have the guts to do that, then go to McDonalds instead and buy their coffee.

Drop it down on your shirt and call your lawyer on your cell phone.
2002-02-09 03:31:57 PM  
doesn't he win like a liftime supply of gorditas or something now?
2002-02-09 03:32:00 PM  

Owwwww my jaw boooonneeee.




Mmmmmm tastes like chrome plated high carbon steel.


Manager: "Sir, you're scarring all our customers. Please spit out what you've been chomping on for the last hour."
2002-02-09 03:33:20 PM  
Hmm, Im gonna need some antifreeze to go with those ball bearings. make that quakerstate.
2002-02-09 03:52:40 PM  
Seriously folks you're taking your bowels into your own hands when you go and eat the grade F meat at Taco Bell. Fark that.
2002-02-09 03:53:04 PM  
Mojo:The sour cream is dispensed from a "gun" (pretty much the same apparatus as a caulking "gun") because it makes for fast delivery in a repeatable quantity, hence, it decreases the time required to prepare your order and assures that two burrito supremes made by different drones at different locations on different days of the week have the same volume of the ingredient. Higher quality, lower cost.

The reason for the ball bearings would be difficult to go into here, suffice it to say that they are there to make that gun easier to use and wear out less frequently.
2002-02-09 03:54:54 PM  
That is a little scary, my hometown is Camas Washington which is about 15 minutes from Vancouver. Not to mention the home of Tanya Harding, I had to pump her gas once, she is a biatch!
2002-02-09 03:55:09 PM  
"You want BALLS wit dat?
2002-02-09 03:55:51 PM  
The last time something like this happened, the guy didn't know he had swallowed them until later, when he was rubbing one out and shot his dog.
2002-02-09 03:58:24 PM  
Did you put gas in the old 'vette that she is supposedly having to live in now? And, if she is so broke, why doesn't she pump her own farking gas?
2002-02-09 03:59:15 PM  
In response to MooKow:

"Taco Bell, the Irvine, Calif.-based Mexican fast-food chain, never denied the ball bearing was in the food. It apparently fell out of a sour-cream gun that a kitchen worker had incorrectly assembled."

read the article. some dumb-ass employee knew they farked up and left it in there. this is reason 8,983,745,109,234 why the minimum wage in the US needs to be increase.

and Yizuman:

In response to the connection to McDonald's coffee:
if you've read about the case, you'd know that not only was McDonald's negligent for serving coffee that was between 150-180 DEGREES (?!ouch!?) ...which was well above the specified temperature limits that are the industry standard.

And, on top of that, most monetary awards for these types of cases are not based on the suffering of the case plaintiff, but rather the actual earnings and severity of negligence by the company. I know in the McDonald's coffee case, the $2.7 or so million was awarded based on a single day of sales that McD's makes.. and in the end the woman didn't even get 1/2 that.

i sometimes wish i'd be lucky enough to be in the position of receiving upwards of $100K in damages, but that would suck. I usually sleep on my right side.
2002-02-09 04:02:30 PM  
In the meantime, he avoids eating steak and other foods that require a lot of chewing.

He's got to give up steak and he only gets a quarter million dollars?! As a card-carrying patron of Peter Luger, I believe he needed a better attorney.
2002-02-09 04:03:48 PM  
The woman who got 3rd degree burns (the coffee was hot enough to burn completely through the skin in 2-7 SECONDS people, that's farking hot coffee) only wanted her medical bills paid for. McDonalds said "fark you lady" and refused to pay even half of the bills so the jury said "No, fark YOU".

It's not this big hilarious "lawsuits are soooo wacky!" case when you know what actually happened.
2002-02-09 04:05:00 PM  
damnit damnit damnit....I once bit down on a stainless steel drill shaving that was in my burrito from Del Taco. I went back to the damn store and asked the tard at the counter if they had anyone drilling in the back today. He said yes that they had something installed....hence, I broke out the shaving and told him they MIGHT what to clean the fuk up after the drilling. Got a few free meals after he went and told his boss..... brb.... my jaw hurts
2002-02-09 04:13:07 PM  
this is reason 8,983,745,109,234 why the minimum wage in the US needs to be increase.

So you figure that if this goon was paid more he or she would have put the thing together right? If paying someone more means better quality work, then you wouldn't mind explaining Congress to us, would you?
2002-02-09 04:17:46 PM  
Main Entry: con.gress
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2002-02-09 04:23:56 PM  
One time me and my friends got a 12 pack of tacos after the bar. I got all the way home and got my taco out and there was no meat in any of them. Damn taco bell. It amazed me they could forget the meat. Does Wendy's give you a hamburger thats just two buns?
2002-02-09 04:28:11 PM  
Foodbunny- uh, the details of the McDonald's coffee lady was linked here on fark not too long ago... I don't think you need to tell us something we already know...
2002-02-09 04:28:26 PM  
Look people, we live in the best of all possible worlds when three bucks can get you three tacos, plus drink.

Now shut up and eat your dog meat.
2002-02-09 04:29:16 PM  
Favre4435: Hopefully her gas is ALL you pumped.
2002-02-09 04:31:10 PM  
wasn't their some lady that got a roach or roach eggs (something of that nature) in a taco and she wound up making money off of the situation?
2002-02-09 04:33:38 PM  
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Lets see him do this.
2002-02-09 04:35:44 PM  
Time to outlaw sour cream guns. I'm sure the NRA is secretly putting them in the hands of deranged fast-food teens by the score. YOU could be their next victim!

Kmodo: That was just an Urban Legend. Pretty wild-sounding one, though.
2002-02-09 04:37:29 PM  
Yeah I thought so but you never know what was it something about roach eggs hatching in her mouth or something
2002-02-09 04:37:40 PM  
I haven't had a bad experience with fast foodchains(besides slow service)but I once bought one of those add-water-and-heat-in-your-frying-pan-type-meal-in-one-things, and I found a caterpillar(dead, of course).
I didn't finish my meal.
2002-02-09 04:42:04 PM  
so what if the old lady got 3rd degree burns from her coffee? should she have to pay for her medical bills? uh, hell yes, she should. it's not mcdonald's fault that she's a clumsy oaf and spilled it all over herself. if you're handling something hot or sharp or in any way possibly dangerous, you exercise more caution. if someone at a bank handed you a pen to sign a check, and you accidently stabbed yourself with it, would you sue them? hell no. so why should this be any different? "well, i didn't think it would be so hot!" it's coffee, you stupid ass. of course it's going to be hot.
2002-02-09 04:43:26 PM  
It probably was a shotgun pellet.
Good for the guy that got the $$$.
He will probably go spend it at Taco Bell.
2002-02-09 04:50:06 PM  
You gotta have damages to make money on a lawsuit like that. The guy was able to prove he was injured. Hell, I think he should have gotten more money. Those tards farked this guy up.
2002-02-09 04:52:07 PM  
Drop the Chalupa!!!
2002-02-09 05:05:51 PM  
mmmm. cheesy steel balls.
2002-02-09 05:09:26 PM  
I had something like this happen to me at a Rubios.
I chomped down on a hunk of hard plastic... a chunk of a greesy spatula.
I damn near puked.

I got my money back and left. I don't think I could ever eat the chicken burritos there again. The fish tacos are good. mmmm... fish tacos.
2002-02-09 05:11:01 PM  
You mean this guy has $12,000 in medical bills and $202,000 for pain and suffering??? I played high school football and got the shiat knocked outta me. Hell, it hurts when I chew but hasn't come anywhere near $12,000 in medical bills. How long was this guy chewin on this ball? Was he trying to bite through it or something??? Twisted his jaw-bone my ass. And what does a temporomandibular-joint-disease specialist have to do with anything? Its not a disease.

2002-02-09 05:21:24 PM  
Pornosaur Wendy's ? I don't know....but CARL'S JR. did once..... I ordered a Western bacon, got home and 1/4 of the way through devouring it....realized...mmmm, BBQ sauce.."check"..., onion rings..."check".... hamburger meat.... hamburger meat ?!?! haaaa..... I knew it was missing something...called the store right then and meals for the next 5 visits....
2002-02-09 05:37:57 PM

The taco bell/fast food chain and roach thing is an urban legend.
2002-02-09 05:45:23 PM  
I've eaten a taco at Taco Bell...What's my Prize!!!
2002-02-09 05:48:43 PM  

2002-02-09 05:50:12 PM  
More like reason 8 trillion we need mandatory military service in the US... It doesn't matter how much you pay someone... if they don't have pride in their work they won't do a good job... and the 'new generation' doesn't have pride in anything except the number of bowls they can smoke and still walk straight...
2002-02-09 05:52:20 PM  
2002-02-09 05:55:32 PM  
Overpaid Slacker: Amen to that. My ability to eat steak is worth well more than $200 grand.
2002-02-09 06:08:13 PM  
I disagree.. Some people do need to be reminded about the details of the coffee incident. The media ran that story without the details, now it's used as the example of frivilous lawsuits. That's sad.

I think anyone that thinks that women was frivilous should treat themselves to the details of the case, and more importantly the store managers testimony about why he set the coffee so hot.
2002-02-09 06:12:56 PM  
Hoosier, and Ranulf. I tip my hats to you for beating me to the fletch quotes.

I am off to taco bell for dinner and I have a pocket full of ball bearings. This will be easier than winning the lottery.

"Can I borrow you towel? My car just hit a water buffalo."
2002-02-09 06:23:38 PM  
JReece, you pederast, I quoted Fletch, too. What's more, my quote draws attention to the fact that Hoosier screwed up the ball bearing quote.

Good luck at Taco Bell.
2002-02-09 06:34:28 PM  
No, it was her big ass truck, I pumped her gas cause where I worked during high school we pumped peoples gas for them.
2002-02-09 06:42:56 PM  

And now a kitten:

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2002-02-09 06:48:45 PM  
Pain and Suffering? WTF ever happened to 'take it like a man.'

Damn kids.
2002-02-09 06:49:01 PM  
Mmm, kitten brains...
2002-02-09 06:51:50 PM  
What the *#@! kind of ugly-ass cat is that?! IT'S EYES, MAN!

As for the lawsuit guy... it doesn't matter. If you eat at Taco Bell regularly, you'll die by age 50 anyway.
2002-02-09 07:01:27 PM  
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Oh no! Someone sawed off kitty's legs!
2002-02-09 07:12:09 PM  
Actually, he was awarded $2,000 in cash, $2,000 in food discounts, and $224,000 in DENTAL REPAIR. Ouch.
2002-02-09 07:15:55 PM  
I apologize for butchering the Fletch quote. I respectfully recend my post with the falwed quote.

In its place, please accept some Python, from the crunchy frog sketch:

Inspector: 'ELLO!

Mr. Hilton: 'Ello.

Inspector: Mr. 'ilton?

Hilton: A-yes?

Inspector: You are the sole proprietor and owner of the Whizzo Chocolate Company?

Mr. Hilton: I am, yes.

Inspector: Constable Clitoris and I are from the 'ygiene squad, and we'd like to have a word with you about your box of chocolates entitled the 'Whizzo Quality Assortment'.

Mr. Hilton: Oh, yes.

Inspector: If I may begin at the beginning. First there is the Cherry Fondue. Now this is extremely nasty. (pause) But we can't prosecute you for that.

Mr. Hilton: Ah, agreed.

Inspector: Then we have number four. Number four: Crunchy Frog.

Mr. Hilton: Yes.

Inspector: Am I right in thinking there's a real frog in 'ere?

Mr. Hilton: Yes, a little one.

Inspector: What sort of frog?

Mr. Hilton: A...a *dead* frog.

Inspector: Is it cooked?

Mr. Hilton: No.

Inspector: What, a RAW frog?!?

Mr. Hilton: Oh, we use only the finest baby frogs, dew-picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in the finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and sealed in a succulent, Swiss, quintuple-smooth, treble-milk chocolate envelope, and lovingly frosted with glucose.

Inspector: That's as may be, but it's still a frog!

Mr. Hilton: What else?

Inspector: Well, don't you even take the bones out?

Mr. Hilton: If we took the bones out, it wouldn't be crunchy, would it?

Inspector: Constable Clitoris et one of those!! We have to protect the public!

Constable: Uh, would you excuse me a moment, Sir? (exits)

Inspector: We have to protect the public! People aren't going to think there's a real frog in chocolate! Constable Clitoris thought it was an almond whirl! They're bound to expect some sort of mock frog!

Mr. Hilton: (outraged) MOCK frog!?! We use NO artificial additives or preservatives of ANY kind!

Inspector: Nevertheless, I advise you in future to replace the words 'Crunchy Frog' with the legend, 'Crunchy, Raw, Unboned Real Dead Frog' if you wish to avoid prosecution!

Mr. Hilton: What about our sales?

Inspector: fark your sales! We've got to protect the public! Now what about this one, number five, it was number five, wasn't it? Number five: Ram's Bladder Cup. (beat) Now, what sort of confectionery is that?

Mr. Hilton: Oh, we use only the finest juicy chunks of fresh Cornish Ram's bladder, emptied, steamed, flavoured with sesame seeds, whipped into a fondue, and garnished with lark's vomit.

Inspector: LARK'S VOMIT?!?!?

Mr. Hilton: Correct.

Inspector: It doesn't say anything here about lark's vomit!

Mr. Hilton: Ah, it does, on the bottom of the box, after 'monosodium glutamate'.

Inspector: I hardly think that's good enough! I think it's be more appropriate if the box bore a great red label: 'WARNING: LARK'S VOMIT!!!'

Mr. Hilton: Our sales would plummet!

Inspector: (screaming) Well why don't you move into more conventional areas of confectionary??!!

(the constable returns)

Inspector: Like Praline, or, or Lime Creme, a very popular flavor, I'm lead to understand. Or Raspberry Delite. I mean, what's this one, what's this one? 'Ere we are: Cockroach Cluster! -- Anthrax Ripple!

Constable: MMMMWWWAAAAAGGGGGHHHH!! (Throws up in helmet)

Inspector: (continuing) And what is this one: Spring Surprise?

Mr. Hilton: Ah, that's one of our specialities. Covered in dark, velvety chocolate, when you pop it into your mouth, stainless steel bolts spring out and plunge straight through both cheeks.

Inspector: (stunned) Well where's the pleasure in THAT?!? If people pop a nice little chockie into their mouth, they don't expect to get their cheeks pierced!!! In any case, it is an inadequate description of the sweetmeat. I shall have to ask you to accompany me to the station.

Mr. Hilton: (shrugging) It's a fair cop.

Inspector: And DON'T talk to the audience.
2002-02-09 07:25:23 PM  
"Here kitty, kitty kitty!"

*Snatches the kitty!*

*Stuffs kitty in the meat grinder!*

*Stuffs kitty meat into the taco shells!*

*Tells a customer to enjoy his/her tacos!*

*Walks away laughing like a maniac!*
2002-02-09 07:36:06 PM  
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2002-02-09 07:38:25 PM  
Ah a kitty and a chick!

Nice lesbian couple!
2002-02-09 07:47:23 PM  
2002-02-09 08:24:02 PM  
I found the tip of a finger in a burrito once, got a smirk and a sorry from the manager.
2002-02-09 08:28:01 PM  
Fingers, though tasty, are not as good as brains. Mmm, sweet, sweet brains...
2002-02-09 08:34:38 PM  
Actually, while we're on the topic of kittens:
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2002-02-09 08:35:55 PM  
One time I wasa at a chinese buffet and I had some ice cream from there. Inside the ice cream waas metal splinters from the ice cream machine. I cut my tounge on the splinter. I told the manager and got him to get a new ice cream machine for the buffet and free meals for a week. I wasn't looking for anything from them and I didn't sue them either. I just told them to make sure that they kept better care of the food.
2002-02-09 08:42:08 PM  

And now a picture of Milhouse:

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2002-02-09 11:30:23 PM  
this could be the worst case of threadjacking i've ever seen.
2002-02-10 12:16:15 AM  
I'll have the "crunchy frog" with some wine and beans, please.
2002-02-10 01:00:47 AM  
eat at steak n' shake...never hear of stuff like this happening there...
2002-02-10 01:37:03 AM  
Think that's bad, at the Taco Bell in the city where I live, someone decided it would be hilarious to take a dump (or was it a whizz) in the meat. Entire shift got fired.
2002-02-10 02:13:57 AM  
I once found an enormous packing staple in a taco salad once and I didn't get jack shiat. Of course I didn't complain or sue, because I wasn't hurt. Thought it was a chicken bone at first.

mmmmm chicken bones.
2002-02-10 07:24:49 AM  
mmmmmmmm Toxic Belch... *pukes*

2002-02-10 11:07:49 AM  
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I found this on the net, pretty accurate though.
2002-02-10 02:07:16 PM  
Here's the amazing bullshiat thing about all of the stories where people are awarded so much money:

My brother had his foot crushed in a work-related accident that was deemed not his fault. It has resulted in the amputation of his leg below the knee.

The most he can be awarded is $57,000.

The world is a cruel, cruel place...he could have received more for biting a stupid nacho at Taco Bell or scalding his hand at a StarBuck$.
2002-02-10 03:08:12 PM  
Moral to the story......

.....If anything hapens to you, ANYTHING AT ALL, make sure that you're in the presence of someone with lots of money. Then let the lawyers handle the rest.
2002-02-10 04:37:19 PM  
G3po, this is reason 8,983,745,109,234 why the minimum wage in the US needs to be increase.

So paying minimum wage workers a higher minimum wage will make them smarter??? Wow. I can't figure out how that works but maybe if I ask my boss for a raise my IQ will go up and I'll understand.

200 grand because he bit down on a ball-bearing. Constant pain. See, I don't think I've ever been so hungry I slam my jaw shut in such a fashion as to cause permanent pain if a ball bearing or, say, a strong piece of bone was in the way. Give him the money. Then immediately disbar the lawyer. Then shoot the lawyer in the skull and dump his body in a sewage treatment plant with the medical waste sludge.
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