Little Burgers, Big Buns

Little Burgers, Big Buns

A White Castle hamburger weighs 2 ounces. Martin Kessman weighs 290 pounds. Mr. Kessman loves his White Castle burgers, but complains that he can’t fit into the seats at the eatery, so he is suing the company under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mr. Kessman, a 64-year-old New York stockbroker, says his complaints to the company have been met with promises, condescension, and hamburger coupons so, after two years, he is bringing suit in Federal court. We do not know if his case has legal merit, but it’s been a juicy Double Slider® for headline writers:

“The skinny: Slider fan is steamed booth can’t hold buns,” Jim Webster, St. Petersburg Times

“White Castle hates fatty’s gut,” Kathianne Boniello, New York Post

“‘I’m not humongous’: 290lbs stockbroker sues fast food chain because he can’t fit in booths,” Mark Duell, Daily Mail

“Too Fat to Fit! Overweight Customer Suing White Castle over Small Booths,” Maggie Flecknoe, KIAH-TV Online Dish

“White Castle Hates Fat People,” John Stossel, FOX Business

“Big-Boned Gentleman Sues White Castle Over Tiny Booths,” HyperVocal

“Fat Guy to White Castle: ‘Super-Size My Table!” Crabby G0-Lightly

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