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:
He complained they gave him his money back, should be end of story
— Gabe, Bella, and their humom Susan (@SWestler) June 29, 2019
Soooo. A fear of food now, because he didn’t receive enough food? It’s like I got paid too little, now I claim I have a fear of money. Ridiculous as pickles. This is not the same huffpo as the early 00’s.
— Alvin Lu Guong (@GuongLu) June 29, 2019
This man needs to get a frickin life.
— Cheryl Daniels (@CherylD38629804) June 29, 2019
Lawd! Help us all!!!
— Genn VC (@gennpooh) June 29, 2019
— Diversity Inclusion (@DiversityInclud) June 29, 2019
— Dodgers ⚾️ Dean VGK Cowboys (@Dean85056608) June 28, 2019
— Jbitty (@wpnsman2000) June 28, 2019
It’s not a race issue, Hardee’s just doesn’t give enough hash rounds. They never have… #morehashrounds
— thshoop (@thshoop) June 29, 2019
You can’t make this shit up.
— The Jerbear (@Jerbear423871) June 28, 2019
This is just a segment of real life people…stay tuned for more idiocy.
— Vodalus (@bookofthenewsun) June 28, 2019
There hash browns suck anyways, dude should of gone to bojangles and acquired himself some bo-rounds!
— Group Therapy Specialist (@Rifle_Disciple) June 28, 2019
Truly, this is what the authors of the Civil Rights Act had in mind when they composed their ground breaking legislation.
— Yang Wang Gang (@politisuck) June 28, 2019
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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