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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Miami Doctor Sues Restaurant After Eating a Whole Artichoke

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Dr. Arturo Carvajal didn't know what to do with these. - IMAGE VIA
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A ridiculous restaurant anecdote? Or the single best argument for tort reform I've ever seen?

This article by Gus Garcia-Roberts from our sister paper Miami New Times just may be both: Arturo Carvajal, a doctor, is suing Houston's Restaurant, alleging that the restaurant's grilled artichoke special landed him in the hospital.

Now, nothing was wrong with the artichoke. In fact, the artichoke was just being its leafy, pointy self.

What's that? You're not supposed to eat the outside leaves? Well, no one told Dr. Carvajal that.

The server "fail[ed] to explain the proper method of consuming an artichoke", namely that the "outside portion of the leaf should not be eaten; rather, only the inside portion of the leaf was safely digestible."


Carvajal suffered "severe abdominal pain and discomfort". He went to the hospital, where an "exploratory laparotomy" revealed artichoke leaves lodged within his bowel, he claims.

Among the alleged consequences of Carvajal eating an entire damn artichoke: "disability, disfigurement, mental anguish," and "loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life".
At least he didn't order the lobster.

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