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Fort Worth Man Sues Dallas-Based Dairy Queen Operator Over Reportedly Moldy Cheeseburger

The restaurant offered him a free coupon in exchange for his spoiled burger, according to a report

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Amy McCarthy is a reporter at Eater.com, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

When it comes to burgers, it’s easy enough to eat first, and ask questions later. But considering the experience that a local man had at a Fort Worth Dairy Queen, you might want to give that burger a look-over before shoving those cheese-topped patties into your face.

The Dallas Morning News reports that a lawsuit has been filed against Lickety Split Food Services, which operates the Dairy Queen at 6700 Bridge Rd. in Fort Worth. Allegedly, the restaurant served plaintiff Ralph Bryan a moldy cheeseburger, which resulted in a nasty bout of food poisoning. The burger in question, ordered last year, was served on a bun that was allegedly covered in mold, which Bryan couldn’t see because much of the burger was still wrapped in paper.

When Bryan returned the half-eaten moldy cheeseburger to the restaurant, he was reportedly only given a DQ coupon in exchange for his trouble. Later, he ended up in an emergency room. Claiming “financial loss, extreme pain and suffering, and extreme mental anguish,” Bryan is seeking up to $1 million in damages for the nasty cheeseburger incident.

The lawsuit likely won’t be settled for some time, but one thing is for sure: every fast-food burger enthusiasts could probably benefit from taking a peek between the buns from time to time before chowing down.