Man Sues White Castle Because He Can't Fit Into Their Booths

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Rockland County resident Martin Kessman is suing White Castle under the Americans with Disabilities Act because he was unable to fit into his local establishment's booths. Forbes reports that Kessman, who is 290 lbs., is filing the suit after two separate trips to the Nanuet, New York White Castle. Mr. Kessman says he is being discriminated against because of his Rubenesque frame. Litigious and obese? Let's put this man on the dollar bill.

In April 2009, Mr. Kessman went to his local White Castle and ordered a #2 meal (according to White Castle's website, this includes two double cheeseburgers, medium French fries, and a small drink). Mr. Kessman says he has eaten at White Castle since 1959, but on this day he noticed the Nanuet restaurant only featured booth-style seating. He couldn't fit into the booths, so he sent multiple complaints to the company about this predicament.

They told him that they were in the process of renovating their restaurants' seating, but Mr. Kessman deemed their replies unsatisfactory. One response from White Castle, writes Mr. Kessman in a final letter to the company before he filed suit, included "a coupon for three free hamburgers-but cheese was extra!!" [Exclamation Mr. Kessman's] He then made his wife redeem the coupons, but they had to pay for the cheese out of pocket.

The final straw was when Mr. Kessman visited the Nanuet White Castle with some friends (at his friends' behest, he specifies). The restaurant had not changed the seating, and when he tried to squeeze into a booth he hit his knee on a metal post under the table. Naturally, this prompted him to file a complaint on September 7th citing "violations of his civil rights."

A White Castle spokesperson told Forbes that every one of their restaurants has folding chairs reserved and that any customer can request one.

While the criminally underworked American legal system reviews Mr. Kessman's case, we offer the following performance of "We Shall Overcome" as a reminder that injustice at any White Castle is a threat to justice at every White Castle.

Super-Sized Customer Sues White Castle Over Booth Size [Forbes]

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Robert J Wade
Robert J Wade

You have to really be a "Fat @ss" to be described as "Morbidly Obese".

Extraxan
Extraxan

I have two Words for Ya Pardner... Weight Watchers

Ozzylover65
Ozzylover65

This reminds me of the woman suing McDonald's because the coffee was hot! Duh!!! Your butt is too big, and coffee is hot! I am not a small woman, but I work like hell not to be morbidly obese.

Gms9812
Gms9812

Obviously you'r a moron so I'll try to keep that in account. First, this issue doesn't only affect obese people. I'm 6' 5" 275 lbs and can't fit into their chairs because they're fastened to the floor. So fat has nothing to do with it, anyone who isn't a little shrimp will have trouble using their chairs. On the slim chance your brain could grasp that I'll offer one more scenario that will probably be over your head but I'll take the chance. People who are disabled (You strike me as the type that will make fun of them to) can't use their tables because they can't move the chairs to get a wheelchair close to the table. Yes, they d provide tables with chairs for the disabled but there is usually one table per building. I'm sorry if I overloaded your juvenile brain but it was necessary. If you have trouble understanding anything I've said you can try asking your mommy or daddy to explain it. Someday, if you live long enough you might be older and have arthritis and not be able to sit in a public place because the chairs are all fastened to the floor. If you're really lucky you might have the chance to see some children ridiculing you and perhaps by then your brain will be fully developed and you'll understand better. I would suggest for now that you make an effort to talk less and listen more, try less to be cute and witty and focus on growing up. 

CAPTIANJG
CAPTIANJG

INSTEAD OF FILING  A LAW SUIT, THE MAN SHOULD  HAVE CONSIDERED A HUNGER STRIKE, POSSIBLY THAT COULD HAVE SOLVED A COUPLE PROBLEMS AT ONCE ?

Martha Lanham
Martha Lanham

Have any of you considered a medical condition that causes this person to be overwieght? You all need to temper how you respond, the lot of you sound like idiots..... As for suing a company, seems to me everyone is becoming SUE HAPPY!!!!  Find another solution!!!!

Chunk
Chunk

Why would you invite a walrus to join you in a public setting?

Blitzspiel
Blitzspiel

Unless he's two foot six, the photo isn't one of a man who weighs 290 pounds. There's something fishy about this story.

Diamonion
Diamonion

These fat sacks of shit make me sick. Landwhales should be outlawed, rounded up and shot in the street like the filthy animals they are.

Scretch
Scretch

While I sympathize with Kessman's plight, I do have to note that it isn't easy for small folks either. Try having the seat belt cut off on your neck in all drivers' seats because the seat belt is made for someone taller.

spankey
spankey

maybe god is trying to tell him to lose some damn weight

AustinTexas1961
AustinTexas1961

Rather than blame White Castle for his weighty problems, he should take a good hard look in the mirror to find the real problem:  himself.  Get thee to a doctor quick and lose the weight.

Hugyfftf
Hugyfftf

id like to file a suit against fat people making me nauseous in public. id make a TON of money hahaha

Bedmanokc
Bedmanokc

I don't wanna sound insensitive, but

since when did being a fat fuck become a disability?STFU and take your food home with you Fat Ass or maybe I dunno mix in a fucking salad, you Fat barrel or monkey spunk.

MarkStark
MarkStark

This reminds me of Kafka's The Castle, especially the coupon not covering the cheese part. The seats in the Castle were more accommodating, for waiting around mostly, but they didn't serve tasty little burgers.

Mstncali
Mstncali

Wow!!! Take your food to go. Not trying to be mean, but maybe too many trips have been taken to White Castle!!

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