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A Vermont man has dropped a lawsuit he filed which claimed he had bitten into a Burger King Whopper and found himself chewing an unwrapped condom. Van Miguel Hartless said he bought the Southwestern Whopper from a Burger King in Rutland, Vermont, in 2007. Instead of succulent meat, crispy lettuce and tangy southwestern sauce …

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  1. David Lawrence
    Joke

    So he withdrew just in time.....

    ...presumably decided he'd bitten off more than he could chew!

    I'll get my coat... it's a rubber mac!

    1. Thomas 4

      Not surprised it didn't go to court...

      I'd find his claim hard to swallow as well.

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  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Curious...

    About why BK would drop their suit? Other businesses have sued, and even filed criminal charges and won, over these kinds of lies, as they damage the reputation of their companies (albeit temporarily.)

    Having said that...I'm surprised people still try to get away with these claims...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Why BK would drop their suit?

      Something to do with the Streisand Effect, perhaps?

      He probably doesn't have any money to pay damages. They might be able to discourage similar claims in the future by causing him a lot of hassle, but it's unlikely to outweigh the cost of continuing bad publicity. The fact that he didn't win anything should be fairly discouraging to other would-be claimants.

  4. The Fuzzy Wotnot
    Happy

    Yeah!

    "sustained pain and suffering, vomiting, nightmares, mental and emotional distress"

    Lawyer speak for, "This time next year Bruv, we'll be millionaires!".

  5. Velv Silver badge
    Coat

    Hold the mayo....

    OK, OK, I'm going

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    So,

    It wasn't the only whopper being sold / told.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    Wimpy

    Just as well it wasn't in a Wimpy with their classic the Bender in a Bun...

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Pirate

    Burger vs Condom?

    I'm surprised he could tell the difference!

  9. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD
    Joke

    Did it come with..

    Extra Mayo? Curious minds want to know...

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    If this happened in McDonalds...

    ...would the offending item have been McRibbed, for his (dis)pleasure.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    The claim was eventually dropped...

    ...when he realised the condom was 'his mates'.

    (If you don't get this, you're too young. And if they still sell 'em, I'm too old).

  12. Russ Tarbox

    "Rutland"

    lol

  13. LinkOfHyrule
    Coffee/keyboard

    "masticating on the rubbery prophylactic"

    Damn, that was so funny it made me spit my load all over the keyboard!

    (The load was of course tea)

  14. Graham Bartlett

    Of course you know what people will call him now

    Burger Van

  15. Blubster
    Coat

    Whopper meal......

    With cheese?

  16. John Doe 1
    Coat

    I'm quite surprised

    That he managed to distinguish between rubbery prophylactic and rubbery meat. :)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Joke

      re: rubbery meat

      meat - do they actually put that in burgers now? things have changed since it used to be sawdust and less palatable things :-p

  17. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    @Why BK would drop their suit?

    They could still lose.

    Even if there was CCTV of him planting it some jury of 'good old boys' could have decided that he deserved some money, or that BK were a nasty foreign corporation, or they didn't like the BQs lawyer's face.

  18. Mike Moyle Silver badge
    Coat

    Disappointed...?

    ...at finding a condom in his Whopper but no Whopper in his condom...?

  19. Blubster
    Coat

    Old Chinese joke

    Customer. Hey waiter - this burger's rubbery

    Chinese waiter. Thank you velly much sir

    1. Winkypop Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      I know it's not PC

      But who cares.

      That made be laugh!

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    Burger King

    Is called Hungry Jacks in Oz, there's a few more puns to be had there...

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    So, he's got a condom in his whopper...

    ...and I've got a whopper in my condom!

    I'll be going now.

  22. David 45

    A huge one

    Was the condom designed for a whopper? I mean - we are still talking about the burger here, aren't we?

  23. Tom 35 Silver badge

    So...

    The Condom turned out to be a dumb con.

  24. skeptical i
    Flame

    Expecting "succulent meat" and "crispy lettuce" would be his first mistake.

    BK is fast food, not real food.

    <-- Whatever it is, at least it IS flame-broiled.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Better than Wendy's...

      ...maybe other places are different, but the one near me hasn't been vacuumed since the '80s, and everyone who works there seems to be on parole. It's a bizarre establishment.

  25. Andus McCoatover

    Grief, Sarah...Get a smegging life..

    "Pussi" is Finnish for bag/container. Check the link. Sheesh, are you an Etthex lass, by any remote chance??

    Sod my guts, it's that time of the month again (i.e., about a week before payday, and the bills are littering the toilet floor, so at least there's loo-paper---...)

    "He might not have been able to penetrate the tight pussi* in which the said wubbery item was allegedly cunningly delivered.

    One wonders - some assume it was meat-burger. Personally, a fishburger might.......Oh, Sod this, it won't get past Ms. Bee anyway.

    *http://translate.google.fi/#fi|en|pussi

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Boffin

      Word origins are intriguing

      " 'Pussi' is Finnish for bag/container"

      Huh. Funny you mention that, 'cause just the other day I was wondering where the, um, other meaning of that word originated (didn't figure proper dictionaries would have it, so didn't bother to look). So maybe it's from the Finnish then. Kind of makes sense if one thinks about it.

      Must be *some* other reason than cats - as a straight girl I haven't spent a great deal of time looking at female anatomy other than what I see in the full-length mirror but I've never seen anything down there that reminded me even remotely of a cat (perhaps I have no imagination), so the word must have come from something else. Even my occasionally stumbling into hardcore porn sites hasn't revealed anything in that region of the female body that reminds me of a cat. So the Finnish thing that the poster mentions seems plausible.

      I read someplace years ago that the unprintable "c" word originated from some other foreign word meaning "knowledge" or "wisdom" or something like that... dunno if that's right, but it wouldn't be surprising. Meanings get changed over the years - something that started out as good or neutral, ends up with a different meaning.

      1. Tom 35 Silver badge

        Word origins are intriguing

        How about beaver?

        It seems to me that people make up code words for things that are not considered polite to name (how many names can you come up with for penis?). So you will hear kids say poo or wiener for example. Over time some of the code words become even worse then the proper name (like your "c" word) and a new code word is created. The origins of some are clear like wiener for example. Others may be lost over time or be obscure (like the Bulgarian airbags reference you sometimes see around here).

      2. Andus McCoatover

        "C"-word?

        I wondered if it came from an old sailing knot. 'c'splice - I'm NOT posting the link, but google will help you out. But that mightn't be the origin of the original*. (I love origin of words, but origins of Finnish ones seem to be based on a tipped-out bag of Scrabbe pieces, landing in random order....) Finnis equiv. is "Vittu", which is used instead of fuc*k. Not considered as impolite. My teacher uses it all the time.

        * I'm applying for a job in the UK parliament. I want to be the Minister of Tautology and Repetition. (Thanks, Wasko!)

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Meh!

    Just another cock and bull story....

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