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Oregon Man Offered 'Meals For Life' After Being Stuck In Burger King Bathroom Is Suing After Restaurant Backs Out

Oregon native Curtis Brooner is suing Burger King in Multnomah County Circuit Court after an offer he received of "meals for life" for being locked for over an hour in the fast food restaurant’s bathroom on December 15 was rescinded.

Brooner, 50, says he was locked in the restroom for more than an hour at the Burger King at 2555 NE 238th Drive in Wood Village last month. The man’s attorney Michael Fuller told KATU that his client attempted to open the door but it wouldn’t budge. Fuller says the staff gave Brooner "a fly swatter to jimmy the door open, which actually cut his hand." Court documents allege that the staff laughed at the man while he was stuck in the restroom. A locksmith was ultimately called, and Brooner was able to get out.

After he was able to exit of the bathroom, the restaurant’s manager offered Brooner free meals for life at the North Portland Burger King location. The offer was honored for a few weeks, but the regional manager ended up retracting the deal. "It's the principle," Fuller says. "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."

Brooner, a FedEx employee, is suing for $9,026.16, or the cost of a Whopper combo per week until he turns 72. "I think we will reach a fair settlement," Fuller says. "My client was presented with an offer. He accepted it, and a deal was a deal."

"It's an honor issue," Brooner says. "They could have said, 'The next meal is free,' and that would have ended it. But that's not the deal they made." Brooner, who reportedly suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, says he was too shaken to drive for more than an hour after being released from the bathroom.

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After the incident, Brooner visited Burger King daily from December 16 to December 28, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Also, on two occasions, he enjoyed a free breakfast and dinner on the same day. When he arrived on December 28, he was told that the offer had been rescinded by “district management.” Burger King has declined requests to comment on the lawsuit.

Last year, a Burger King in Downers Grove, Illinois, paid $55,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the lawsuit, the company violated federal law by subjecting an employee to sexual harassment by a manager. The alleged conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits workplace discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sex.

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