In the week leading up to this week's edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, I have been very interested in what is happening in fast food restaurants. A lot of strange legal stories seem to take place there, and I have found three of the most interesting cases out there. First, we look at how a Florida law requiring customers to ask for a plastic straw led to a commotion in a McDonald's. Then, we see just how far (too far) a man was willing to go to get some hot sauce at a Taco Bell. And finally, we examine a 1960s case involving competing claims to the Burger King name.
Read on to find out how fun and interesting the law can be, even in a fast food restaurant.
Over the Straw Bullshit
A lot of people these days are very divided on the issue of straws. Some people are totally against them. Others are totally for them. Regardless of where you stand on the straw issue you are also likely growing weary of the issue. And that was the case for one man from -- you guessed it -- Florida!
Yes, Daniel Taylor decided that the fact that this McDonald's restaurant was out of straws was, well, the last straw. He started ranting and raving and then grabbed one of the employees from behind the counter, pulling her up by her shirt. She smartly retaliated by punching him in the face, and the whole incident was captured on camera.
The whole altercation was preempted by a new law in Florida that states that straws will only be given to customers who request one. Which, frankly, strikes the right balance between the pro-straw and the anti-straw lobbies. Unfortunately, Mr. Taylor was not so balanced.
Meanwhile, at Taco Bell...
If not getting a straw without having to ask nicely for one was enough to send one man over the edge at a McDonald's, then you would not believe what another man did after he did not get enough hot sauce at a Taco Bell.
Apparently people at Taco Bell really love their hot sauce. I learned this week that there is an entire subculture dedicated to Taco Bell hot sauce. And while I can understand the adoration, the overreaction by a man in Oklahoma City who did not get enough packets of the tiny spicy stuff was way over the top. Rather than ask nicely for more, the man fired a gun into the restaurant. This caused employees to lock themselves in the bathroom while the man climbed into the drive-thru window and did something, as yet unknown, in the restaurant.
He was able to escape and at the time of this post there is still a hunt out for him. But catching the guy should be easy. Simply set a trap with Taco Bell hot sauce and away you go.
Not That Burger King
In Illinois, a court case that made its way all the way to the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals serves as an example of how each Kingdom can claim its territory.
You see, in Illinois there are two Burger King restaurants. One is the well-known fast food chain, serving Whoppers and chicken fries. The other is a mom-and-pop shop that has changed hands a few times since it was opened in 1959. And although there are two Burger Kings, they are able to live peacefully. Burger King the chain registered their trademark federally, while Burger King the mom-and-pop shop registered their trademark in the state. One sued the other in state court, while the other sued the first in federal court. And the entire thing wound up before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The compromise? Burger King gets to continue existing as it has since 1959. And Burger King is not allowed to open another location within a fifty-mile radius. Everyone wins, and everyone gets a burger. Hooray!
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