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Kucinich Sues Congressional Cafeteria for $150,000 Over Olive Pit in Sandwich


"significant pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment"

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, claims he suffered permanent injuries after biting down on olive pit hidden in a sandwich he bought three years ago at a House of Representatives cafeteria. In return, the Ohio Democrat is suing the cafeteria for $150,000.

Kucinich is reportedly suing Restaurant Associates, the operator of the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria, as well as its parent company and food suppliers. According to the congressman's complaint, he "sustained serious and permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures, and has sustained other damages as well, including significant pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment."

In addition to four counts of negligence, the former presidential contender's $150,000 claim alleges breach of implied warranty after the cafeteria told him the sandwiches contained pitted olives.

The alleged olive incident is said to have occurred on April 17, 2008.

The Ohio representative is taking his negligence claim to Superior Court and has retained the legal services of Andrew Young, an attorney from Ohio. When asked for comment, Kucinich's office directed all inquiries to Young who was not immediately available for comment.

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