Olives are the pits if you're Dennis Kucinich
January 26th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
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Dennis Kucinich is no fan of pit-filled olives – and now he's doing something about it: Taking one of Congress' cafeterias to court.

In 2008, the Ohio Democrat purchased a sandwich wrap filled with those olives at the cafeteria inside the Longworth Office Building. After biting into the wrap, he cracked a tooth, according to the legal complaint.

Now he has come forward with a $150,000 lawsuit against the cafeteria – run by Restaurant Associates and other groups – for providing "dangerous" sandwiches.

Our BFF Ed Hornick has the rest of the story at Political Ticker, but before you skip on over, frequent Eatocracy contributor Wes Little sez:

All I'm going to add is that as a person who consumes a large amount of olives, OF COURSE the olives with pits are always superior. But that doesn’t mean you can put them in a wrap. Kucinich has a case. If you’re going to put a pit-in olive in something it has to be visible. Even then it's dicey. The best solution from a culinary point of view is to get whole pit-in olives and pit them right before making the sandwich, but this might be too work intensive for most operations.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. R Erickson

    Loosing a tooth over an olive is pitiful.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  2. R Erickson

    Loosing a teeth over an olive is pitiful.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  3. Harry

    And we wonder why they can't get anything done in Washington....

    January 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  4. youngbrave

    This is ridiculous. Obviously the olive wasn't placed there on purpose. These things are pitted at a factory, and occassionally an olive might get by with an intact pit, or a fragment of a pit. The same goes for pitted or seedless anything. Kucinich is a jackass.

    January 27, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  5. derek brown

    I'm a Canadian ,so my opinion probably doesn't matter; but you guys should realise that when this sort of stupidity is revealed as being perpetuated by a congressman,(suposedly one ofyour best & brightest,) it reflects ,world wide on olive you.

    January 27, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Jerv

      "olive you"
      Sniickers, clever!

      January 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  6. Granite Sentry

    Apparently he suffered serious injury to his hearing, too; this is completely tone deaf. http://www.granitesentry.com

    January 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  7. Truth

    Dennis Kucinich is a liberal stooge.

    January 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  8. Mildred

    I'm trying to imagine why someone would put olives with pits inside a wrap! Yes those olives tend to taste better, but they are lucky that the gentleman got a broken tooth... instead of choking (which is a possibility if he inadvertently swallowed one whole)!!

    January 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Pheel

      Gentelman?? This Congress person should be ashamed of himself for bringing this frivilous lawsuit. He getst the best healthcare in the world. He has no businees filing a lawsuit wasting more taxpayer money. Time for the voters in his state to vote him out the next time he is up for re-election. Simply ridiculous.

      January 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
      • bob

        If Boehner was suing, no doubt a different story, right? You did hear him complaining about his health care while he was cutting the throats of the poor, right?

        January 27, 2011 at 11:59 am |
      • Suzi

        I totally agree!!!this guy is a fucking moron and wasting our money...obviously it was a mistake that it got in there if its the first time were hearing about it...this guy has plenty of money to get his dumb tooth fixed...all hes doing is wasting our money!!!

        January 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
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