Man Sues Restaurant, Claims Bread Roll Lacerated His Cornea

A Missouri man is suing a local restaurant famous for throwing rolls to dinner guests, claiming he sustained severe injuries when the flying hunk of bread hit his face.

EL16446-2t’s all fun and games until you put an eye out. A Missouri man has filed a lawsuit against Lambert’s Cafe, a local restaurant known as the “home of throwed rolls”.  Troy Tucker says an airborne dinner roll hit his face so hard he received  “a lacerated cornea with a vitreous detachment and all head, neck, eyes and vision were severely damaged”.

As you might expect, the suit has attracted criticism for its seemingly frivolous nature. But without more information, its impossible to determine how much merit Tucker’s claims actually have. With the infamous hot coffee case in mind, we mustn’t be too hasty to dismiss his injuries. That said, precedent from similar cases may mean the suit doesn’t get very far.

Johnny Fuggit, writing for Riverfront Times, opines:

“We have to wonder how much of a case Tucker has. After all, in June, the Kansas City Royals and their mascot were deemed not to have been at fault after a thrown hot dog hit a man in the face and tore his retina. In that case the “baseball rule” was referenced, and the jury found that the man assumed some responsibility for personal awareness by entering a baseball stadium.”

Lambert's Cafe, which advertises its policy of throwing dinner rolls to guests.
Lambert’s Cafe, where a man says a flying bread roll inflicted serious injuries.

Lambert’s Cafe does plenty to warn visitors of the flying bread rolls, posting “Home of Throwed Rolls” and similar signing all throughout the restaurant. Had Tucker not been informed of the potential hazard, his case would likely have a better chance of going further.

Tucker is claiming $25,000 in damages, which the lawsuit claims will pay for medical and legal fees.

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