UPDATE: Bee reports that Squeeze Inn owner will move rather than try to fight lawsuit.Â Let’s just hope it’s not to Roseville.
Chalk this one up in the category of “money grubbing, litigious douchebags ruining all of our fun.”Â From the Bee:
Aficionados say the burger sold at the Squeeze Inn is perfection (including me), the consummate marriage of bun, ground meat and melted cheddar cheese. But a disabled woman has filed suit, saying the one-time coffeehouse with 450 square feet of space at 7918 Fruitridge Road (left) is anything but perfect. She says the kitschy confines where photos of fishermen, fighters and racers abound break federal law and violate her civil rights.
Here’s the really, really shitty part: the owner of the ‘Squeeze, Travis Hausauer, says that to make the fixes would cost so much that he’d be better closing his doors.
All the facts in the case, from the identification of the lawyer, Jason Singleton, as a wheelchair chaser who goes around finding small businesses that don’t meet all ADA guidelines then finding handicapped people to file suit against them, to the “victim” Kimberly Block, who is apparently a vegetarian (ok I made that up), make this case a grade-a shitball. But it brings this whole issue into regional and — thanks to that loud-mouthed Fieri guy — national focus.
Here’s what should happen and here’s what will happen: What should happen is that these type of ADA code issues be brought before the city or county and not be resolvable by lawsuits. If a disabled person has a problem with a business, they should complain to the city or county, an inspector would go out, issue an order to upgrade the property and/or fine the business. What will happen is that this case will be settled out of court, the lawyer will take the bulk of the settlement, and the “victim” will go about her tofu-eating life.
What should happenis that a high-priced civil litigator who is a fan of the beloved cheese halo around the Squeeze with Cheese will take on the case pro-bono and shred the a-hole attorney who brought the suit, forever garnering the nickname “The Crutch-buster.” What will happen is that another a-hole will be hired by the ‘Squeeze and will go for a quick settlement, perpetuating this nonsense.
What should happenis that Guy Fieri would use his television notoriety for the forces of good and do a special on small businesses and the abuse of ADA regulations and focus on businesses that do right by their customers of all abilities, maybe even start a defense fund for the ‘Squeeze, or at least give their case some national attention. What will happen is that the Food Network won’t touch a controversial issue with a ten-foot spatula, and will totally ignore the issue.
What might happen is that materials, labor, and know-how will be donated by the various contractors, heavy equipment operators, and general construction guys that have held down stools at the legendary burger joint since well before TV got a hold of it. Then the same guys build a horribly graded driveway to the d-bag attorney’s house, taking time only to pause and dip their nuts in the setting concrete so that Jason Singleton Esq. can see what it means to have real balls.
We can always dream, can’t we?