An Oregon man who broke two teeth at an Outback Steakhouse after taking a bite of mashed potatoes with bits of a broken plate in them is suing the restaurant for negligence.
Roger Branstetter filed suit last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court claiming that he was forced to have the teeth pulled and replaced with implants after he cracked the molars on chunks of porcelain that were in a serving of mashed potatoes at an Oregon Outback Steakhouse in Feb. 2012.
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Managers at the restaurant "admitted to plaintiff that a plate had broken in the kitchen and that pieces had fallen into the mashed potatoes," the suit says, according to OregonLive.com
Branstetter is asking for $48,000 in damages because the restaurant was negligent in failing to tell customers that a dish had broken, which would have allowed them to "make their own informed decision regarding whether to eat food that might contain sharp, hard, dangerous, and potentially deadly pieces of a broken plate."
Furthermore, Branstetter argues, the broken plate pieces could have been "fatal, if it punctured internal organs such as the [customer's] esophagus, stomach, or intestines."
The branch of Outback Steakhouse cited in the suit is part of a five-state franchise owned by Evergreen Restaurant Group. Jason Bender, a managing partner with the company, said the incident was unfortunate because customer safety is very important.
"It's really disappointing when someone gets hurt inside the restaurant," he told OregonLive.com.
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