Man Trapped In Burger King Restroom For An Hour Suing To Get Free Whopper Meals For Life

An Oregon man who got trapped inside the restroom of a Portland-area Burger King is suing, claiming he wants a free Whopper meal every week for the rest of his life.

Curtis Brooner, 50, filed a suit Tuesday in the Multnomah County Circuit Court in the amount of $9,026, or the amount a Whopper meal per week for the next 22 years would cost.

Brooner got trapped inside the confined, single-user locked restroom at 2555 N.E. 238th Drive on Dec. 15, 2018, for more than an hour. Brooner said he banged on the door for help, and that he could hear what sounded like employees laughing on the other side of the door while a locksmith tried to open the door and free him.

Most infuriating, Brooner said, was the smell of the restroom.

"It's the kind of place where you hold your breath: Go in and get out of there as fast as you can," Brooner told The Oregonian/OregonLive. "That wasn't an option for me."

Brooner had seemingly already worked out a deal inside the store before he left. The on-site manager told Brooner he could have free burgers the rest of his life as an apology.

Over the next 13 days, Brooner ate there every day, sometimes twice a day. Until the district manager this suddenly ended it, prompting the lawsuit.

Brooner's attorney, Michael Fuller, said his client either wants the original meal deal reinstated, or have the burger chain pay Brooner the cost of one Whopper meal a week for life.

Fuller's calculation was simple. He took the life expectancy of a man, which is 77, and subtracted five years because of what weekly burgers could possibly do to a man into his 70's. With life expectancy set at 72 the total comes to one Whopper Meal ($7.89) a week ($7.89 x 52 = $410.28) over 22 years ($410.28 x 22 = $9,026.16).

"There are funny elements of the case, but there is nothing funny about being locked in a dank bathroom for an hour," Fuller told KATU, according to this report from the Sacramento Bee.

Fuller went on to compare the situation to a sitcom about nothing.

"This may seem like a story right out of an episode of 'Seinfeld,' " Fuller said in the Willamette Week. "But we have evidence to support our claim. And a deal is a deal."