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The Big Belly Rule

fffffda05b0b.jpgLawyers who read this site (all four of you) are probably familiar with the Eggshell Skull rule, which holds that a tortfeasor is liable for all damages that arise out of injuring a plaintiff, even if the plaintiff was a pansy, i.e., if you punch a hemophiliac in the nose and he bleeds to death, his death is on you, buddy.

And you know what? The Eggshell Skull rule (or some variation) ought to apply to all-you-can-eat buffets, as well. If you charge $10 for a buffet, it doesn’t matter who shows up, it’s on you, buddy. So, when Ricky Labit, a 6’3, 256 lb offshore worker comes into your restaurant and gets in the buffet line, you’re stuck with it, Manchuria Restaurant in Houma, Louisiana.

Indeed, though Labit frequents the restaurant as many as three times a week, the proprietors apparently got fed up with his appetite, so they double-charged him and banned him from the restaurant. Why? Well, as they waitress said, “Y’all fat, and y’all eat too much.”

After the waitress suggested that Labit’s wife’s cousin (who was eating with Labit) looked like he had a “baby in the belly,” the police were called in. And although Labit was offered a free meal, he was asked never to come back because, apparently, he dined on the more expensive items in the buffet, so says the accountant.

But, c’mon: If you put out an all-you-can-eat-buffet, you can’t expect finicky eaters to come in and pick at the rice all damn day. And you can’t complain about overweight people taking all the goodies if you are contributing to obesity by having a goddamn all-you-can-eat-buffet in the first place. It’s tantamount to tobacco companies blaming a loss of profits on the rise in lung cancer.

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Not only that, but 256 at 6'3", isn't ALL that fat, especially for an offshore worker. I can imagine him putting away a lot of food, but some decent percentage of that has to be going towards muscle.

$10 for a buffet?! I'm so there.

I wonder if he was actually causing a strain on their business or they just don't like idea of him pigging out. Food is cheap...really really cheap in bulk. And when you don't have to pay waitresses you are going to save even more.

OK come on if they didnt serve him becasue he was Palistinian they would eb shut down....I would sue the hell out of them and then eat all i wanted