Dennis Kucinich Sues Congressional Cafeteria Over Olive Pit

Congressman Dennis Kucinich bought a sandwich from the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria in April 2008, and bit into it only to find an unpitted olive that cracked a tooth. This month, he sued the cafeteria for selling "dangerous" sandwiches.

The complaint is pretty bare-boned: It claims that in April 2008, Kucinich purchased a "sandwich wrap" from the Longworth Cafeteria with an errant olive pit lurking within, and tragedy ensued.

Dennis Kucinich Sues Congressional Cafeteria Over Olive Pit

Kucinich didn't detail the costs of the dental work, or precisely what "enjoyment" he lost. Or why he's filing a complaint three years after the olive incident. But he's suing Restaurant Associates and three other companies involved in running and supplying the cafeteria for $150,000, claiming negligence and breach of implied warranty. What an odd man.

Update: Here's some video of Kucinich on the House floor on April 22, 2008—five days after encountering the olive pit that caused "serious and permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple oral and dental surgeries." He looks fine and talks normal!

A spokesman for Kucinich said "he has no comment other than to say this is a private legal matter." Attempts to call Restaurant Associates were met with a repeated busy signal. The entire lawsuit is embedded below.

Click to view

[Courthouse News [pdf], photo of Kucinich via Getty Images]