NC man sues Hardees, claims they skimped on his Hash Rounds because he’s black

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A North Carolina man has filed a handwritten, stunningly grammatically incorrect federal lawsuit against Hardee’s alleging that the celebrated fast-food chain deprived him of his civil rights and left him “teary-eyed” with its allegedly abusive, racist behavior.

What allegedly abusive, racist behavior might that be? According to Mount Holly resident Tommy Martin, a black man, when he purchased the restaurant’s gravy breakfast platter on May 30, 2018, he received fewer “Hash Rounds” than what’s normal for the meal.

In an interview with The Charlotte Observer, he claimed he received only two “Hash Rounds,” despite a photo of the meal on Hardee’s website showing that the meal should contain at least half a dozen “Hash Rounds”:


When he complained to the cashier, the cashier reportedly began preparing to rectify the situation by giving him more “Hash Rounds,” but then a white manager intervened.

“The manager came back and said that what you get,” Martin reportedly wrote in his handwritten lawsuit. “Got home with tear in mine eye. I have got to do something.”

To be clear, he wound up leaving the restaurant without his food.

“According to the lawsuit, another customer told Martin it was good he looked at the number of Hash Rounds he’d been given before he left the restaurant,” the Observer reported. “The manager gave him his money back after refusing to give him the correct number of Hash Rounds, Martin said in the lawsuit.”

In his suit, the black Holly Mount resident also claimed that the incident at Hardee’s left him with a case of cibophobia, according to The Fayetteville Observer.

Cibophobia is defined by Healthline as the fear of food: “People with cibophobia often avoid food and drinks because they’re afraid of the food itself. The fear may be specific to one type of food, such as perishable foods, or it may include many foods.”

It’s unclear how being denied enough “Hash Rounds” would make one afraid of food.

“It’s not a money issue,” Martin said in his interview with the Observer. “I just want to be treated fairly.”

With his suit now filed in a U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina, he’s reportedly hoping to get a jury to rule on his claim.

But if the derision and mockery this case is receiving on social media is any indicator, he’s not apt to win anything:

Indeed @ the last tweet, for was it not Martin Luther King Jr., who once said, “I have a dream that my children will get enough ‘Hash Rounds’ at Hardee’s?”

That was a joke …

What makes this story truly stunning, besides the seemingly absurd nature of Martin’s allegations, is that Hardee’s is taking his claims seriously.

“Hardee’s is aware of the lawsuit filed this week which alleges that a guests’ civil rights were violated while visiting one of our independently owned and operated franchised locations over a year ago,” the restaurant said in a statement to HuffPost.

“As a company we take these allegations seriously, however, as this lawsuit is pending against a franchisee, we have no additional comment on the matter at this time.”


What’s unclear is whether Martin, the plaintiff, is serious or just trolling for attention or easy money? While the idea that he’s serious may sound absurd unto itself, keep in mind that racial grievance mongering is a thriving industry thanks to the Democrat Party.

Moreover, nobody is immune to it, including even former Vice President Joe Biden. This week he became the latest victim of racial grievance mongering after his competitors in the 2020 race tried to use otherwise harmless remarks he’d made in the past to smear him.

The good news for Hardee’s is that Martin’s suit isn’t likely to affect its image and reputation. The same could not be said of the family-owned Gibson’s Bakery in Ohio, which was almost pushed out of business after grievance-mongering students and officials at Oberlin College targeted it over its alleged (and since disproved) racism three years ago.



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