Friday, November 30, 2007

Homeless man sues restaurant over scalding

A homeless man who claims he was doused with scalding water for panhandling at a Kentucky Fried Chicken has sued the company and the store manager.

William Zimmerman, 50, alleges he was seriously injured when manager Kimberly Mallory poured the water on him at the store in the Detroit suburb of Highland Park in July.

Zimmerman, who served in the U.S. Navy, was crouched on the side of the building when he was suddenly hit, his attorney Mark Bernstein said. The injuries on his face, back and left side of his body caused him to spend 13 days in the burn unit of the Detroit Medical Center.

"This case for us is about human dignity and how we treat each other," Bernstein said. "We don't dump boiling water on people anymore. He didn't deserve this."

Read the Detroit Free Press article here.


At 11:52 AM, Anonymous - michael - said...

I read your post and the Detroit Free Press Article regarding Mr. Zimmerman, in which the KFC manager alleges that Mr. Zimmerman "...constantly harasses customers by cursing them and demanding money."

On that point, it is a "she said, he said" situation. Nonetheless, for Ms. Mallory pour hot water on Mr. Zimmerman is, at least in my mind, both a hate crime and a form of assault.


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