Vegan sues Burger King for Cooking Burgers on meat grill
A vegan man in Atlanta, Ga., is taking legal actionagainst Burger King after the restaurant supposedly served him plant-based burgers that were prepared on the same grill surface as beef burgers, says a report on Global News.The lawsuit was filed in a Miami court on Monday.
On August 8, 2019, Burger King began to offer a version of its most popular andwidely advertised “Whopper” burger with the “Impossible” meat, called the “ImpossibleWhopper.” Since then, Burger King has marketed and sold burgers using “Impossible” synthetic meat patties under the product name “Impossible Whopper” and advertisingthat the Impossible Whopper is “0% beef” and “100% Whopper”
U.S. customer Phillip Williams is now suing the company both individually and on behalf of all other U.S customers who have been similarly affected. William is leading a proposed class-action lawsuitthat seeks an injunction requiring Burger King to disclose that the Impossible Whopper is cooked on thesame grill as its other meat; and seeking that Burger King’s future marketing of its Impossible Whopper comply with Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and common laws; as well as an award of actual and compensatory damages to the Class, together with costs of attorneys’ fees.
Williams alleges that he was served a meat-contaminated Impossible Whopper at a Burger King drive-thru in Atlanta. He insists that he would not have paid a premium price for the Impossible Whopper if the company had disclosed that the burger was already contaminated by meat by-products.” He says the company is wrong for marketing the Impossible Whopper is “0% beef and 100% Whopper.”
Restaurant Brands International Inc., who ownsBurger King’s, has not issued any public statements due to the impendinglawsuit. However, Impossible Foods Inc., who partners with Burger King on the Impossible Whooper Burger, has said that the product was not specifically designed for vegans and vegetarians but as a plant-based alternative for meat-eaters. "For people who are strictly vegan, there is a microwave prep procedure that they're welcome to ask for in any store," Dana Worth, Impossible Foods' head of sales, recently told Reuters.
Despite the pending litigation, the Impossible Whopper Burger option is still listed on Burger King’s U.S. website as “100% Whopper, 0% beef.” However, the restaurant has recently added a disclaimer for customers who want a meat-free option. The disclaimer reads, “For guests looking for a meat-free option, a non-broiler method of preparation is available upon request.”
Burger King is not a stranger to lawsuits. In 2018, a man sued the restaurant after he'd gotten himself locked in the bathroom of a Burger King restaurant in Oregon for an hour. The man, Curtis Brooner, did not sue over the bathroom incident; however, he did because, after the incident, the restaurant’s manager promised him free meals and then tried to renege on the promise after a while. According to the report on INC, The man went to court asking for either a free sandwich every week for life, or exactly $9,026.16.
When asked why $9,026.16, the man’s lawyer said, "Mr.Brooner is 50 years old, a Burger King Whopper meal costs $7.89. Assuming Mr.Brooner lives to be 72 years old and consumes on average one Burger King Whopper Meal per week for the rest of his life, the value of Burger King's agreement to Mr.Brooner is $9,026.16."
Burger King had finally agreed to pay Mr.Brooner in exchange for the dismissal of his lawsuit.