A Muslim man has sued the pizza chain Little Caesars for a ridiculous amount of money for an equally radicicolous reason.
The price: $100 million.
Now what could the pizza chain have done to deserve being sued that much? Well, they allegedly served the man pepperoni made of pork instead of “halal” pepperoni which is allowed by Islamic law.
Halal pepperoni is made from beef and is prepared under the Islamic guidelines, which includes the chanting of prayers as the animal is being slaughtered.
It is against Islamic law for Muslims to consume pork.
Mohamad Bazzi, of Dearborn, ordered halal pizza two times from Little Caesars’ Dearborn location when the restaurant served him regular pepperoni instead of the “halal” pepperoni that was advertised on the box, CBS Detroit reports.
The class-action lawsuit filed in Wayne County Circuit Court claims the restaurant violated a Michigan law called the “Wayne County Halal and Kosher Anti-Fraud and Truth-in-labeling ordinance.”
The lawsuit claims that Bazzi did not realize it was pork both times when he ordered the pizza from the restaurant.
Majed Moughni is the attorney representing Bazzi. He spoke to the Detroit News, telling them he had worked quickly to file the lawsuit in order to ensure no other Muslims consume the pork pepperoni.
“They have no regard for people’s religious beliefs. This is a violation of the Muslim faith. You can’t be handing out pork, mislabeling it as halal and get away with it. This isn’t how America operates. A billion-dollar corporation can’t get away with it.”
A spokesperson for Little Caesars fired back in a statement, claiming the lawsuit is “without merit”.
“Little Caesars cherishes our customers from all religions and cultures, and the communities we serve are very important to us. While we can’t comment on pending litigation, we take this claim very seriously.”
The Detroit Free Press reports that the two parties have already reached a settlement of $700,000 (a far cry from the $100 million). Moughni and other Muslims want the money to go to any local Muslims affected instead of Detroit-based organizations or organizations un-affiliated with Islam.
Something doesn’t seem right with this case. Do you think there was merit to the claim that Little Caesars served the wrong kind of peperoni or was there something else going on? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.