Man Loses Suit Over Turning the Other Cheek Toward Sizzling Fajitas

Man Loses Suit Over Turning the Other Cheek Toward Sizzling Fajitas March 6, 2015

In another clear cut case of Christian persecution, a man whose face was burned by a plate of sizzling fajitas at Applebee’s when he leaned over the plate to pray before his meal has lost an appeals court ruling on the lawsuit he filed against the restaurant.

A man who leaned over a plate of sizzling fajitas to pray can’t sue a Westampton restaurant because the dish burned him, an appellate court ruled Wednesday.

Hiram Jimenez sought damages from Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar after a March 2010 incident at the chain’s restaurant on Burlington-Mount Holly Road. But an appellate panel said Applebee’s can’t be held responsible because the hot food posed an “open and obvious” danger.

According to the ruling, Jimenez ordered fajitas that were placed in front of him in a “sizzling skillet.” When he bowed his head “close to the table,” the ruling says, Jimenez heard “a loud sizzling noise, followed by ‘a pop noise’ and then felt a burning sensation in his left eye and on his face.”…

His lawsuit said a waitress did not warn Jimenez that the dish was hot. It argued Jimenez suffered “serious and permanent” injuries “solely as a result of (Applebee’s) negligence when he came in contact with a dangerous and hazardous condition, specifically, ‘a plate of hot food’.”

A trial judge dismissed the suit, finding Applebee’s — a California-based chain with more than 1,900 restaurants — was not required to warn Jimenez “against a danger that is open and obvious.”

He obviously prayed for the wrong thing. He should have prayed that he wouldn’t be burned when he stuck his face into a hot plate of fajitas in oil.


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