Doctor Sues Restaurant for Letting Him Eat Entire Artichoke
Waiter failed 'to explain the proper method'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2010 11:40 AM CST
Careful, these things are dangerous.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Just because Arturo Carvajal is a doctor, that doesn't mean he knows how to eat an artichoke—and he's suing a Miami restaurant for not instructing him on the proper method. Carvajal ordered the grilled artichoke (a vegetable he had "never seen nor heard of previously," according to court filings) and proceeded to eat the entire thing, rather than scraping just the meat off of the leaves. He later found himself experiencing abdominal pain, and doctors found artichoke leaves lodged in his bowel.

He filed a suit seeking unspecified damages last month, the Miami New Times reports. In it, he complains that the server failed "to explain the proper method of consuming an artichoke." His lawyer explains that Carvajal thought "it was like a food he might have eaten in his native Cuba, where you eat everything on the plate." The restaurant's lawyer begs to differ: "What's next?" he asks Business Insurance. "Are we going to have to post warnings on our menu they shouldn't eat the bones in our barbecue ribs?" Click here for more wacky lawsuits.

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Nov 21, 2010 10:00 PM CST
OK Roland42, it WAS OBAMA'S FAULT!!!! He should have ordered another government institution created to oversee and regulate the eating of artichokes. While most people would not recognize the significance of this, that is only due to ignorance of the subject. To that end, another government institution will need to be created to properly educate the public on the hazards of eating the whole artichoke rather than just the leaves. Furthermore, another government institution will need to be created withoin the EPA to ensure the discarded artichoke parts are properly disposed of. Even though this sounds kind of extreme, the President is commited to creating more jobs which this will clearly do. This kind of artichoke eating abuse is un-American and cannot be allowed to continue. Are you OK with this?
Nov 20, 2010 11:27 AM CST
Since he never heard of or seen an Artichoke (yeah, right), he could have asked how to eat it.
Nov 20, 2010 4:39 AM CST
I can't believe nobody has tried to blame this on Obama. He seems to get the blame for everything else.