Popular pizza chain Little Caesars is staring at a $100 million lawsuit filed against them by a Muslim man who claims he accidentally ate pork after the restaurant carelessly served it to him. According to a report by KHOU, the Muslim man, identified as Mohamad Bazzi, is a resident of Dearborn, Michigan. Reportedly, it was only after he took a few bites that he realized that the pepperoni pizza that he had ordered, believing it contained halal meat, actually contained pork — food that is strictly prohibited by Islamic law. The lawsuit alleges that the outlet from where he ordered the pizza served him pork on two occasions, and that they were packed in boxes that were labeled “Halal.” The boxes, however, allegedly contained regular pepperoni.
According to Mohamad Bazzi’s attorney Majed Moughni, the decision to file the lawsuit was made to ensure that no other Muslim would end up accidentally eating pork during the month of Ramadan that is about to begin this week. Moughni also described the incident as “upsetting.”
Speaking to the members of the press, Moughni said, “My clients want the public to know. Especially during Ramadan, it would be a travesty if Muslims… in Dearborn bought pizza from Little Caesars and discovered they were eating pork.”
He reiterated that as per Islamic beliefs, consuming pork is “one of the worst sins you can do.”
In the lawsuit, which was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, the attorney revealed that the first incident of pork being served in boxes labeled “Halal” happened on March 20. On that day, Bazzi, who was at home with his wife, ordered pizza from the outlet. It was only later, when both of them had consumed large slices of the pizza, that they reportedly realized that it contained pork pepperoni. The lawsuit further stated that Bazzi was able to figure it was pork since he used to work for a pizza outlet and was well versed with different types of pepperoni. His wife, who is a Catholic convert to Islam, has also given up on eating pork, Bazzi confirmed. Since Bazzi’s wife literally grew up eating pork all the time, she was also able to identify the meat. The lawsuit alleges that the couple felt “sick to their stomach” after the revelation and just three days later filed a police report.
However, far from being over, Bazzi’s ordeal had just begun. On May 24, barely two months after the first incident, the same incident was repeated once again. After it had become evident that he was served pork a second time, he decided to talk to the store manager and also recorded the conversation they had. This time, he also went ahead and decided to sue Little Caesar, perhaps to make sure they do not repeat the mistake again. Meanwhile, officials from Little Caesars remained tight-lipped over the developments and refused to answer questions.
For those unaware, for any meat to be called “Halal,” it needs to be prepared according to Islamic guidelines. It is very similar to Judaism’s kosher. However, rules of halal meat do not apply to pork since Muslims are prohibited from eating the meat since the source animal is considered impure.
“There’s different schools of Islamic law that allows for the eating of chicken and beef, but there is no such thing as halal pork. The pork itself is forbidden,” Moughni said.
Coming back to the lawsuit, Bazzi blamed Little Caesars of breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, and fraud. The case is against Little Caesars Pizza, Little Caesars Enterprises, and the employees of the shop. Bazzi’s attorney is also calling for class-action status for the case.
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