Multiple versions of this story are floating around the Web, but check out this article published in the online Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Couple suing Steak ’n Shake after hot sauce incident
By: Harrison Keely
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A pastor and his wife are suing a waiter at Steak ’n Shake and the company itself after their son was hospitalized because of hot sauce he ate.
Tim and Mary Katherine Gann visited the Steak ’n Shake on Oct. 9, 2009, and the waiter offered their son, Caleb, “hot sauce,” giving him a bottle labeled Mega Death Hot Sauce that is not served by
the restaurant chain, said Debbie Richman, owner of the franchise at 220 Paul Huff Parkway.
The lawsuit, filed Sept. 30 by Bilbo Law Office in Bradley County Circuit Court, said the substance led to “the infliction of severe injuries to his [Caleb’s] body and permanent damages.”
The Bilbo Law Office? Really? Next thing you know, you’ll find out that Judge Frodo Baggins will be presiding over this case…but I digress. Check out this blurb, which should be noteworthy to readers of this blog:
The manufacturer of Mega Death Hot Sauce — Blair’s Sauces and Snacks — claims in the product description that it “contains ingredients 500 times hotter than a jalapeno chili” and doesn’t recommend it for use without dilution.
I read the .pdf file which was the official legal filing of the lawsuit. While it may seem frivolous and a tad bit excessive, if there truth to these allegations, then the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant chain is going to be ponying up a huge sum of cash for this. Of course, the pragmatist in me thinks that any sauce named “MEGA-DEATH” should really get your attention. Besides that, who doesn’t pay attention to what you put into your food? I can’t find anything that indicates the age of the child who was hurt in all this, but I suppose there is a moral to this story. If a sauce has a skull attached to it or a big skull on the label, or even the word “Death” in the title, then it might be hot.