Did they charge her extra for the finger?
Suit: Dead rat found in salad
Southlake: Cowboys coach, wife, nanny sue McDonald's for $1.7 mil
09:49 PM CDT on Thursday, October 26, 2006
By DEBRA DENNIS / The Dallas Morning News
A Dallas Cowboys coach, his wife and the family's nanny have sued a McDonald's owner, alleging they found a dead rat in a salad purchased at a Southlake restaurant.
The lawsuit, which seeks $1.7 million in damages, was filed Thursday in state district court on behalf of Cowboys passing-game coordinator Todd Haley, his wife, Christine Haley, and the family's live-in baby sitter, Kathryn Kelley.
"We tried to work this out," said Scott Casterline, a spokesman for the Haley family.
"We were forced to file a lawsuit. It's a tragic situation for any family to go through.
"Something has to be done to prevent this from ever happening again and to help these ladies to get over this."
Ken Lobato, owner-operator of the McDonald's, said he hadn't seen the litigation so he couldn't respond to the allegation.
"Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers," he said. "We maintain the strictest quality standards. We take these matters seriously and are conducting a full investigation to get all the facts.
"In my years as an owner-operator, I've never seen anything like this," Mr. Lobato said.
According to the lawsuit, Mrs. Haley and Ms. Kelley purchased a salad on June 5 at the drive-through of the McDonald's at 2155 W. Southlake Blvd.
They took the salad home, where both women ate part of it before a dead rodent ? thought to be a juvenile roof rat ? was uncovered.
The women called the Southlake McDonald's, and a manager came to the house to examine the salad.
The manager asked to take the salad and rat, but the women declined, the lawsuit says.
The women became severely ill and endured long-lasting physical injuries, the lawsuit says. Mrs. Haley, who was nursing, had to feed her baby formula.
"She got violently ill; she couldn't perform her duties as a mother," Mr. Casterline said of Mrs. Haley.
Both women say they suffered severe mental and physical pain and that their dining habits have been altered, the lawsuit says.
So, JB, did the McDonalds ever actually deny that the rat was in the salad?
These are not the kind of frog legs you want for dinner
NEW YORK � You just don't want to eat some greens.
That's how a Brooklyn mom felt when she found a tiny frog comfortably nestled in the leaves of organic lettuce she was preparing to eat.
"I jumped away," said 39-year-old Yvonne Brechbuhler, who described the green critter as no bigger than the tip of her pinky finger.
"I didn't know what it was. But once I realized it was a frog, I was OK," she told the Daily News in today's editions.
Intrigued, she named the frog "Curious."
Brechbuhler, a stage actress, said she bought the lettuce at her local food co-op and kept it in the refrigerator three days before using it last week.
Brechbuhler and her 7-year-old daughter, Orla, placed the frog in a jar on a bed of lettuce leaves and water, and fed it fruit flies they collected at a nearby garden. Afterward, they decided Curious would be happier at an animal facility specializing in reptiles and amphibians. The facility, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, has put it up for adoption.
An employee at the food co-op said it was the first such incident in memory.
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