Of all the foods in America, fried chicken is one of the most socially acceptable dishes to eat with one’s hands. Earlier this year, when Donald Trump dug into some KFC with a fork and knife on his private jet, the Internet mercilessly mocked the presidential candidate for not sucking it up and using his fingers.
Even so, a man in Gulfport, Mississippi named Paul Newton Jr. is now suing Popeyes, claiming the fast-food chain failed to provide him with the proper cutlery to eat his fried chicken breast.
According to the Associated Press, Newton ordered from a Popeyes drive-thru window earlier this week. Instead of a receiving knife with his meal, all Newton found in his bag was a spork—a utensil that combines the poking capabilities of a fork with the scooping prowess of a spoon, but sadly does not feature a serrated edge yet.
Newton was subsequently forced to eat his chicken breast with his hands. He choked on his meal and had to undergo “emergency surgery” to remove the poultry from his throat.
"Because Newton's order did not include a plastic knife, plaintiff Newton's only option for consumption of the chicken breasts was to hold a chicken breast in his hands and to tear off pieces thereof with his teeth," the suit reads.
Still, not everyone at Popeyes is buying Newton’s claims.
“If you choke on your chicken and you have to get the chicken removed from your throat, it’s not because Popeyes didn’t apply a knife to the box,” Tory Stokes, a former Popeyes employee, told WLOX. “Maybe you should slow down eating. Nobody eats chicken with utensils.”
Hey, at least Newton didn’t find a fried rat head in his order.