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Family sues Golden Corral over ADA
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Posted on 02/22/2013 10:34:18 AM PST by chessplayer

WESTLAND, Mich., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The owners of a Michigan buffet restaurant are being sued in federal court for allegedly kicking out a family whose children suffer from a rare skin disorder.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday against a Westland Golden Corral alleges the restaurant's owners, Kirit and Shakuntla Patel, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to serve the family, The Detroit News reported.

The lawsuit alleges that restaurant manager David Robinson approached the family and asked Duford "What is wrong with your baby?" Duford said nothing was wrong and informed the manager about the skin disease.

"She has scabs all over, so obviously there is something wrong with her," Robinson allegedly said, adding that the restaurant had "a right to ask what's wrong if it concerns our customers and is contagious."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ada; lawsuit; restaurants

1 posted on 02/22/2013 10:34:21 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Here is what the condition looks like

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM00673

Good grief. The owner had every right to be concerned. It looks like it very well could have been something contagious.


2 posted on 02/22/2013 10:37:13 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

I feel bad for the family but I think the restaurant has the right to keep other customers safe.
without knowing anything about the disease the manager did the right thing

This case should not even get to court.
but it will


3 posted on 02/22/2013 10:44:08 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: chessplayer

OMG Why would someone bring a child into a restarant full of people with open sores..I would not have been able to eat..it would have made me throw up..

The owners were right ,but I can bet you some fool judge will give them millions of dollars..


4 posted on 02/22/2013 10:44:20 AM PST by PLD
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To: chessplayer

My Restaurant. My Right to kick people out.


5 posted on 02/22/2013 10:45:05 AM PST by conservative98
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To: chessplayer

When the blisters burst, they ooze. I wouldn’t want oozing wounds from some unknown desease all over my restaurant either.


6 posted on 02/22/2013 10:46:41 AM PST by bgill
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To: PLD

“but I can bet you some fool judge will give them millions of dollars..”

Maybe they were counting on just that.

Poor kid.


7 posted on 02/22/2013 10:50:02 AM PST by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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To: bgill

It’s hard enough getting teenage employees to clean grease traps. Telling them to sanitize every last part of the restaurant that child’s oozing wounds might have touched would spark a mass walkout.

This is dumb.


8 posted on 02/22/2013 10:51:47 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Salamander

“Maybe they were counting on just that.”

Yes poor child..I agree the parents were counting on it..


9 posted on 02/22/2013 10:53:26 AM PST by PLD
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To: chessplayer

I went to a Golden Corral in Alabama once. I took a look at the other patrons, lost my appetite, tried to eat a salad to get some of my money’s worth, and then went home.

Watching dozens of 300-400 lb. people eat without limits on portion size is disgusting. I refuse to go to another buffet.


10 posted on 02/22/2013 11:00:33 AM PST by EricT. (The Second Amendment is Tyrant Control.)
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To: chessplayer

This company does more to help people and vets than many I know. They have stellar mangement and hats off to them. The family should have ordered out. I wouldn’t want to sit next to that infection.


11 posted on 02/22/2013 11:02:05 AM PST by Pit1 (Obama is the pile in the road.)
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To: chessplayer
I wonder if businesses can counter sue in situations like this? This shopping for any excuse for litigation needs to have a cost to the losing party.
12 posted on 02/22/2013 11:02:13 AM PST by Truth29
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To: PLD

There’s nothing wrong. Just a rare skin disease that oozes pus. Just burn the booth after we leave leave. This is like a Monty Python skit. “Discount for Lepers?”


13 posted on 02/22/2013 11:08:33 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: PLD

There’s nothing wrong. Just a rare skin disease that oozes pus. Just burn the booth after we leave leave. This is like a Monty Python skit. “Discount for Lepers?”


14 posted on 02/22/2013 11:08:56 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: chessplayer

If I were the owner I would be quite concerned - he has a duty to inquire.

If I were the parents I’d be dubious about taking the children places where their sores are exposed to all kinds of germs - but I don’t know what guidelines the doctors have given them.

Surely the parents have met this kind of reaction before and should have some sort of pamphlet or doctor’s not to hand out.


15 posted on 02/22/2013 11:09:29 AM PST by heartwood
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To: chessplayer

Why embarrass a child with that disease by taking her into a public restaurant where people will stare at her.

Unless you plan to sue the owner.

The ADA was one of the most stupid laws ever passed, and has cost billions of dollars


16 posted on 02/22/2013 11:09:58 AM PST by Venturer
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To: chessplayer

Honey!

We’re goin’ to Golden Corral! Never mind the oozing sores!


17 posted on 02/22/2013 11:11:59 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: chessplayer

“people’s understanding of the range of disabilities”

So here’s my plan:
I’m short and wear glasses.I’m acutely aware of this and it causes me anxiety.
So,I’m getting a handicapped plate and will be taking my dog with me wherever I go. She’s my “Emotional Support” animal.

And when some place throws me out...Cha Ching!!!

Here’s my thinking. If some whackjob with a beard and an Adam’s apple and wearing a dress tells me that he’s a girl and I have to treat him as such because it’s the law (I’m not kidding),then if I tell you I’m disabled then I must be disabled. My perception becomes someone else’s reality.

(do I really need the sarcasm tag?)


18 posted on 02/22/2013 11:16:21 AM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Stormdog

Why not take an “Emotional Support Pony”?


19 posted on 02/22/2013 11:18:25 AM PST by USAF80
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To: chessplayer

I’d sue them for what they serve.


20 posted on 02/22/2013 11:19:37 AM PST by wordsofearnest (Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
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To: USAF80

“Why not take an “Emotional Support Pony”?”

Takes up too much room in the front seat.


21 posted on 02/22/2013 11:22:45 AM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: RWGinger

What a horrifying thing to go through. BUT, they’re tying to sale food. Those poor children, God bless them, would make me think about choosing another restaurant.


22 posted on 02/22/2013 11:23:45 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: EricT.

“Alabama”

Roll tide indeed. JellyRoll.


23 posted on 02/22/2013 11:25:37 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: EricT.
I don't know if it was a Golden Corral, but we went to one of those all-you-can-eat place once where everyone stood in chutes to load up their plate off of a moving buffet on a conveyor.

There was one woman there who was so fat she used 3 chairs - one for her crack area, and 1 for each bun. (Or as much of each bun as would fit.)

24 posted on 02/22/2013 11:29:24 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: bgill

Head Wound Harry

25 posted on 02/22/2013 11:34:40 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: chessplayer

I like Corn Flakes. Whutz wrong with that?


26 posted on 02/22/2013 11:37:34 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: bgill

I feel sorry for the kids. That is a very nasty condition to have.


27 posted on 02/22/2013 11:41:32 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: massgopguy
I don't think GC has booths at least the one I have went to eat at ..it would have be a table and chairs..the owners did the right thing..If it was a contagious disease then they should burn the whole place down..
28 posted on 02/22/2013 11:49:20 AM PST by PLD
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To: Venturer
The ADA was one of the most stupid laws ever passed, and has cost billions of dollars,p>Everytime I go into a men's restroom with only one urinal and it is about six inches off the floor I curse the ADA. How sanitary can that be?
29 posted on 02/22/2013 11:50:19 AM PST by saminfl
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To: chessplayer
The laws are broken if management acts; not sure if there is any crime commited by customers walking out en masse.

The ADA is a classic solution infinitely worse than the original problem. I supported it originally (in the 70s, without giving it much thought. Bureaucrats apparently did the same.)
Now I hate it with a passion; I'm older and realized that empowering the neurotic and the insane is a bad path to take. The ongoing cost to the normal population is enormous and permanent, both in dollars and in social despotism.
My "Aha!" moment was when a city planned a fleet of wheelchair-equiped vans to be on call to service any handicapped person and take them wherever they wished to go for free rather than equip hundreds of normal buses with wheelchair equipment.

The mentally crippled sued to prevent that; they insisted on the "right" to use normal buses.

Repeal the ADA!

30 posted on 02/22/2013 11:50:44 AM PST by publius911 (Look for the Unin label, then buy something else.)
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To: saminfl

Sometimes you go into a restroom with a talle and a short one. Did you ever notice the floor is always wet at the shorter one?

I suppose the short one is for guys in a wheel chair, but if a guy in a wheelchair can pee in that he is definitely heavy hung.

It’s a stupid law.


31 posted on 02/22/2013 12:00:17 PM PST by Venturer
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To: EricT.
I don't know anything about the GC you went to but the one I like to go to is very clean with clean employees and yes there are over weight people but you make it sound like a hog feeder..I for one love the food we get there I do not go for seconds thirds just once..I weigh 145 and am 5'7”I love the veggies there and love the great employees that are very nice..

People if you want a good home cooked southern meal go to golden Corral great veggies..and they also serve lean meat..Have great sweets (i can't eat those)...

32 posted on 02/22/2013 12:00:17 PM PST by PLD
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To: chessplayer
From the Mayo Clinic's website:

Epidermolysis bullosa (ep-ih-dur-MOL-uh-sis buhl-LO-sah) is a group of skin conditions whose hallmark is blistering in response to minor injury, heat, or friction from rubbing, scratching or adhesive tape..

What the restaurant manager saw was blistering and infection as a result of injury, etc. The disease makes the person more vulnerable but he was reacting to the actual infections. It wasn't the disability but the injury. He had every right to refuse service.

33 posted on 02/22/2013 12:01:18 PM PST by mnehring
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To: publius911

Where I am they modified the theater by installing a wheel chair lift. This is so that the wheelchair bound workers can recieve awards, etc on stage. I have yet to see it being used for that in over three years.

It also blocks the view of the first 20 rows of seats.

They also modified another building that is a walk-up by installing a chair lift that uses the stairwell. Once in operation no one can use the stairwell. Not really safe in terms of evacuations.

I always thought that ADA was about “reasonable” accomodations not massive alterations like these.


34 posted on 02/22/2013 12:03:48 PM PST by USAF80
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To: EricT.
Watching dozens of 300-400 lb. people eat without limits on portion size is disgusting. I refuse to go to another buffet.

LOL, I don't eat at buffets partially because of this as well (and the food usually sucks). Buffet cattle and Sams/Costco grazers are two pet peeves.

35 posted on 02/22/2013 12:04:14 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Slump Tester

I know a guy that called one of those blind date services years ago.
Well when he went to pick the woman up, he went to the door and rang the bell.
She came out and he swears she was all of 400 lbs LOL.
Well what could he do?
He escorted her to the car and opened the door.
She got in and the car listed to starboard LOL
He got in and asked where she would like to eat.
She replied, “Golden Coral” LOL!!!


36 posted on 02/22/2013 12:04:53 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Venturer

I forgot to mention that the floor is almost always sticky. Maybe some sleazebag lawyer could sue under the ADA saying it is unsanitary for disabled persons.


37 posted on 02/22/2013 12:19:32 PM PST by saminfl
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To: mylife

That is funny. He could have turned and ran, but he did the polite thing. Good for him.


38 posted on 02/22/2013 12:29:22 PM PST by merry10
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To: mylife

That is funny. He could have turned and ran, but he did the polite thing. Good for him.


39 posted on 02/22/2013 12:29:39 PM PST by merry10
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To: merry10

I only wished I could have seen it myself LOL!


40 posted on 02/22/2013 12:34:34 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: chessplayer

The kid is unfit to be in public.


41 posted on 02/22/2013 12:38:02 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: merry10

Speaking of buffets, I have another story.
I have two buddies that are big ol corn fed boys.
They aren’t fat, just BIG.
Well we used to go to this Chinese buffet, and they could put down 5 plates each easily.
One day after having frequented the establishment several times, we walked in and the proprietor comes rushing up waving his finger at them and urgently saying “3 plate only! 3 plate only!” LOL!!!!


42 posted on 02/22/2013 12:39:51 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Slump Tester

My husband and I call them troughs like they use for pigs. Last time we went to a buffet was Ryans about 20 years ago. We were so disgusted we could hardly wait to leave. (we were there with my parents who loved buffets.) Haven’t been to one since. If those kids can get those blisters from the slightest touch, why in the world would you take them out of the house let alone a restaurant? They people are either out to sue somebody or just plain ignorant.


43 posted on 02/22/2013 12:47:38 PM PST by happilymarriedmom
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To: PLD

Yes, the food is pretty good.

The clientele the attract in many areas, gluttony on parade. A sweaty, jiggly, purple-footed parade...


44 posted on 02/22/2013 12:48:43 PM PST by EricT. (The Second Amendment is Tyrant Control.)
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To: Venturer
The ADA was one of the most stupid laws ever passed, and has cost [trillions] billions of dollars

And continues to cost.

Wheelchair ramps by the thousands that are never used. Many can't be used because they go from the street to nowhere a wheelchair can negoriate.
LOL! I remember one indoor skateboard facility that was aborted because the mentally handicapped insisted on having a "handicapped" parking space.

45 posted on 02/22/2013 12:58:58 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Unin label, then buy something else.)
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To: chessplayer

i feel bad for the manager, and really bad for the kid.


46 posted on 02/22/2013 1:01:39 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: EricT.
I agree with your observations. I no longer patronize any of the all you can eat, serve yourself kinds of places. They are full of horribly obese gluttons. Not to mention having multiple patrons doing the "serve yourself" approach with no care to contamination of serving utensils. Was any person ahead of you the kind that doesn't thoroughly wash hands after leaving the restroom? Anyone with cold or flu contamination left on the utensils? No thanks. It's no bargain.
47 posted on 02/22/2013 1:21:45 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: PLD

All the posters who object to buffets frequented by obese and probably lower income folks need to remember that the “elite” restaurants with the fashionable, sophisticated patrons are probably full of Obama fans.

The kitchen and wait staff may just have more than its fair share of potential or actual HIV patients.

And yes, Golden Corral is a GREAT place to get “a good home cooked southern meal”. Any time we have vegetarians in the group, I suggest Golden Corral. At other restaurants they are usually limited to variants on the potato, steamed broccoli or the blooomin’ onion.


48 posted on 02/22/2013 2:35:57 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Myrddin

Was any person ahead of you the kind that doesn’t thoroughly wash hands after leaving the restroom? Anyone with cold or flu contamination left on the utensils? No thanks. It’s no bargain.

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Same problem exists @ sit-down places.
Lavre sus Manos


49 posted on 02/22/2013 3:59:08 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 ( Nothing so vexes me as a democrap above ground...ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS.)
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To: chessplayer

Of ambulance chasers, by ambulance chasers, for ambulance chasers.

ADA is a huge litigious scam. Another massive wealth redistribution scheme.


50 posted on 02/22/2013 6:05:03 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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