Man claims Burger King backed out of 'meals for life' deal after he was locked in bathroom
A man claims his quick lunch stop at Burger King turned into a traumatic experience when he was trapped in the restaurant's bathroom for over an hour
On December 15th, Curtis Brooner says he went to Burger King off NE 238th Avenue, and while he was there he says he somehow ended up getting locked in a bathroom.
“He went to the restroom washed his hands and when he went to pull the door it wouldn’t open,” Brooner's attorney, Michael Fuller, said. “They gave him a fly swatter to 'jimmy' the door open, which actually cut his hand."
Court documents claim employees on the other side laughed at Brooner while he was stuck in the restroom. After an hour, a locksmith was able to free him.
“It wasn’t a pleasant experience for him and he spent an hour in the restaurant after just gaining his composure,” Fuller said.
During his time in the restaurant, Brooner says he was presented with an offer.
“To make things right, the Burger King manager offered him free food for the rest of his life should he come into the restaurant,” Fuller said.
And for a few weeks, they say, the restaurant honored the deal, comping meals each time he came in.
Then, Fuller says a regional manager reneged the offer.
“It’s the principle, the jury is going to enjoy it. There are funny elements of the case, but there is nothing funny about being locked in a dank bathroom for an hour,” Fuller said.
On Tuesday, Brooner filed a lawsuit, for the cost of the burgers.
“We determined his life would last 72 years which is about 5 years less than average based on his frequent consumption of cheese burgers,” Brooner said.
Fuller, along with his client, determined one burger meal a week at $7.89 over 22 years - or the rest of his life - equals a little more than $9,026.16. Which is what they are suing for.
“I think we will reach a fair settlement. My client was presented with an offer, he accepted it and a deal was a deal,” Fuller said.
KATU News has reached out to Burger King Corporate as well as the franchise owner of the restaurant but have not heard back.