Chick-fil-a Customer Sues Over “Black” Chicken Nugget

( — Holland Hospitality, LLC, is being sued by 29-year-old Shi’terra Sharp after she became extremely ill after consuming food that she ordered from the Chik-Fil-A that they operate in Brooksville, Florida. She is seeking $50,000 for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. She alleges that the damage, both physically and mentally, is ongoing and perhaps permanent.

Sharp says that the chicken nuggets she purchased from them on Jan. 8, 2020, were black inside and that she didn’t realize that until after she had already begun eating them. Sharp claims she went to the hospital after suffering from unrelenting nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and cramping, and diarrhea. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with gastrointestinal illnesses. Sharp says she reached out to Chick-fil-A in 2020, right after the incident occurred, and that the restaurant was dismissive of her complaints that there was something wrong with the meat.

This is not the first time Chik-Fil-A has been embroiled in a lawsuit. The chain recently settled a lawsuit claiming they “secretly mark up food prices” on online orders to compensate for free or low-cost delivery charges. While they did not admit guilt in the case, they did agree to settle for $4.4 million. In 2017, Ellen Manfalouti sued a Chick-fil-A in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, after she allegedly discovered a baby rat baked into the bun of her chicken sandwich.

Of course, lawsuits against fast food chains and individual restaurants are not uncommon. The infamous case of Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants is often cited as a case of frivolous litigation. This is the infamous “hot coffee” case. In fact, it was not frivolous. The jury found McDonald’s 80 percent liable for the incident, and Liebeck spent the rest of her days in considerable pain from the severe burns she suffered, with the money from her settlement paying for a live-in nurse. There have also been cases where the lawsuits were scams or hoaxes by people just looking to get a payout. In the case of Sharp v. Holland Hospitality, LLC, the outcome remains to be seen.

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