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  1. #1 Artichoked: Doctor Sues Restaurant Over Thorny Vegetable 
    Artichoked: Doctor Sues Restaurant Over Thorny Vegetable
    Doctor claims restaurant is responsible for telling customers how to eat
    By TODD WRIGHT
    Updated 2:01 PM EST, Wed, Nov 17, 2010


    If you are what you eat, chances are Arturo Carvajal isn't a thorny vegetable capable of ripping up a person's intestines.

    The Miami doctor is suing a local restaurant after he knowingly ate an entire artichoke, thorny leaves and all, and then experienced excruciating pain afterward.

    The lawsuit, filed against Houston's in Aventura, essentially claims the restaurant was responsible for Carvajal's pain because employees didn't tell the man that he was supposed to eat the soft meat located on the inside of the artichoke, not the entire thing.

    That's about as bad as suing over hot coffee, but then again, that cost a certain chain millions in damages.

    According to the lawsuit, a server suggested the grilled artichoke to Carvajal, who responded he had never seen or even heard of an artichoke, but decided to order it anyway. At no point, the lawsuit states, did the waiter tell Carvajal how to eat the dish.

    We also assume, the waiter didn't show him how to use a fork or spoon either, but we digress.

    After devouring the artichoke, Carvajal experienced severe abdominal pain and had to go to the hospital. Doctors found artichoke leaves lodged in his small bowel and had to perform surgery to remove them.

    "Arturo Carvajal suffered bodily injury, resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life..." states the lawsuit.

    The food ignorant doctor is looking for at least $15,000 in damages.
    Even if you were too stupid to ask the server how to eat an artichoke, any normal person would simply give up after chewing up one of those tough old leaves.

    They let this guy practice medicine? :eek:

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    Nowhere does it say he is a medical doctor.
    More likely he has a PhD in Liberal political philosophy to be this stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madisonian View Post
    Nowhere does it say he is a medical doctor.
    More likely he has a PhD in Liberal political philosophy to be this stupid.
    No kidding. First time off campus in 25 years, and the real world jumps up and bites him in the butt.
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    I still don't understand how this could happen. I started eating artichokes as a little kid but one munch on the worthless part of the leaf should be all it takes.

    Honestly, I never encountered crab or lobster until I was maybe 18 or so (living as far as possible from an ocean will do that to you) but it never occurred to me to eat the shell part when I did experience them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    I still don't understand how this could happen. I started eating artichokes as a little kid but one munch on the worthless part of the leaf should be all it takes.

    Honestly, I never encountered crab or lobster until I was maybe 18 or so (living as far as possible from an ocean will do that to you) but it never occurred to me to eat the shell part when I did experience them.
    I don't really get it either. I can see screwing up when cleaning the heart to eat (I clean the needles off the heart and dice the heart into a butter/lemon sauce), because it's actually not that hard to miss some of those needles. But that's dramatically different from the thick, tough leaves on the outside of an artichoke.


    ETA: this whole thread is causing me to crave a steamed artichoke....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Wood View Post
    ETA: this whole thread is causing me to crave a steamed artichoke....
    You're not alone. Yum.
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    People often hear me say that I hate people. I don't have a problem with an individual person but people as a whole, I loathe. This is one of those reasons. I wish I could pinpoint where exactly personal responsibility went down the shitter. I'd be willing to bet that the waiter didn't "suggest" the grilled artichoke but more than likely it was mentioned as one of the specials. Now, when I go to a restaurant and the waiter mentions something I have no clue what it is, I tend not to order it. But that's just me.
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