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Suit: Broken Plate Bits In Mashed Potatoes Broke Customer’s Teeth

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(CBS Seattle) — An Oregon man is suing Outback Steakhouse claiming pieces of broken porcelain in his mashed potatoes broke two of his teeth.

Roger Branstetter said he was told by managers at the restaurant in Portland that a plate broke in the kitchen and pieces fell into the mashed potatoes, according to The Oregonian. The incident happened in February of 2012.

The suit, which seeks $48,000 in damages, claims Evergreen Restaurant Group was negligent for failing to throw out the potatoes and for not telling customers a dish broke so they could decide for themselves whether to eat the food. According to The Oregonian, the suit also says a piece of the broken plate could have been “fatal, if it punctured internal organs such as the (customer’s) esophagus, stomach or intestines.”

Branstetter said he had to have both cracked teeth pulled on the advice of dentists.

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