Manager Sues For Getting Fat…
In case you haven’t noticed, I have a very strong opinion on certain subjects and a different point of view than most people I come across. But I think when you hear this story you’ll have no choice but to agree with me. And if you don’t you’re crazy!
So here’s the story – a man from Brazil recently sued McDonalds for gaining 65lbs over a 12 year period while working as a manager at one of their franchises. Crazy right? Well guess what? He won – pocketing a $17, 500 settlement – all for eating too many Big Macs and fries! Outrageous!
The manager claims that he felt ‘pressured’ to taste McDonalds food to ensure product quality and that he was offered free lunches while at work – hence his weight gain. What nonsense…
First of all let me say “tasting” and “eating” are two different things. I guess other fast food workers -ice cream store owners, pizzeria employees, and any other high calorie junk food workers are now entitled to compensation for their choice to eat garbage? That is absurd and I think that this judge set a very dangerous precedent with this insane ruling. What’s next? Suing your employer for your back pain because you sit at work all day? I highly doubt anyone forced this man to eat the food in the quantities that he must have to gain that much weight. If McDonalds “sold” their food as healthy, and misled the public into thinking it was good for you, then I’d say there is some corporate responsibility. But everyone knows too much McDonalds will lead to weight gain… what was he thinking?
Gourmet chefs serve some of the richest, fattiest, calorie dense food in fine restaurants all over the world. They too have to sample their food to ensure it is properly cooked and tastes as it should. Are they all obese, unhealthy and eating over their daily needs? Some are – but many aren’t. The fact is this: you get fat one way and one way only – you eat too many damn calories! Period. You could eat fast food everyday and be 5% body fat if it fits within your calorie allowance, because while the nutrients that make up your diet contribute to health, it is the total calories consumed daily that determine whether or not you maintain, gain, or lose fat. End of story.
It is absolutely ridiculous in my opinion that this man passed the buck, dodged responsibility for his choices and was awarded a settlement. I do not believe for one second that he didn’t know what he was doing, what he was eating, and what the possible consequences were. After all, he was the one who applied for the job, or did someone force him to do that too?