290-Pound Man Sues White Castle Over Booths

Martin Kessman says the seats violate his rights as a fat person
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2011 5:31 PM CDT
Updated Sep 18, 2011 11:46 AM CDT
The Zimmerman executive team is ready to serve new client White Castle.   (PRNewsFoto/Zimmerman)

(Newser) – A disgruntled 290-pound White Castle fan is taking his pain to court, Fox News reports. Stockbroker Martin Kessman, 64, is suing the fast food chain for not expanding its booths for his meaty girth. He complained two years ago after banging a knee against a table support at his local franchise in Nanuet, New York, the New York Post reports. He says the company sent three "very condescending letters," each containing "a coupon for three free hamburgers—but the cheese was extra!”

However, White Castle also promised to expand its seats, Kessman says: "They sent me specs and everything. ... So two and a half years went by, and nothing was done." Now he says the booths violate his rights as a fat person. The Americans with Disabilities Act is “applicable, not only to me, but to pregnant women and to handicapped people,” he says. “I just want to sit down like a normal person." For the record: He has continued to eat there, but sends his wife to pick up the burgers. (Read more lawsuit stories.)

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