(CN) – The morning crew of a Tulsa radio station claims they were poisoned by a managing cook of a Red Robin restaurant. The four-man crew says that as they held a lunchtime “business meeting” at the restaurant, the cook manager posted on a rival station’s Facebook page that they were eating there and asked “what he should do to plaintiffs’ food” – and they all came down with food poisoning by the next day.
The morning crew for 106.9 K-Hits aka The Billy Madison Show sued Red Robin International and cook manager Mathew Rand in Tulsa County Court.
(K-Hits/Billy Madison bills itself as a music show but appears to have a Howard Stern-type talk element. “Recent Blogs” featured on its home Internet page today (Friday) included “Woman Beats Her GF With a Dildo,” “TSA Makes a 95 Year Old Lady Take Her Diaper Off,” and “Woman Sues for Being Fat.”)
The four members of the morning crew – Nathan Norris, Jacob Day, Bishan Jones and William Garvey – say they “held a business meeting” over lunch at the Red Robin on Kenosha Street in Tulsa on Nov. 3, 2010.
In a somewhat grammatically challenged paragraph, the complaint states: “After finishing their lunch, and as Plaintiff’s were preparing to pay for their lunch, one of the Show’s listener’s emailed Plaintiffs informing them that one of Defendant’s cook managers posted on a competitor’s Facebook webpage that Plaintiffs were dining at the Premises and he proceeding to take a poll on what he should do to Plaintiff’s food.”
Garvey says he “immediately confronted the Premises manager about the incident,” and the manager told him “that the cook manager will be suspended indefinitely.”
Norris says he suffered “severe migraine and nausea” which caused him to leave work early that afternoon, and that evening, “after attempting to eat dinner, began vomiting uncontrollably and visited an urgent care center,” where he was “diagnosed with severe food poisoning.”
The next day, Day, Jones and Garvey “also visited an urgent care center and were also diagnosed with food poisoning,” the complaint states.
The morning crew says “Rand poisoned Plaintiff’s food” while working for Red Robin as a cook manager. They seek punitive damages for battery, negligence and vicarious liability.
They are represented by David Keeling with Richardson Richardson Boudreaux and Keesling.