Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Life Imitates The Simpsons

Today in the news, a man from Thiensville, Wisconsin is suing an All You Can Eat restaurant because the establishment allegedly cut him off before he was full.

The restaurant was holding a fish fry last Friday, and they refused to serve him after he'd already eaten twelve pieces of fish.

"It's false advertising," said the 6' 6", 350 famished customer, who then called the police, saying, "I think that people have to stand up for consumers." The customer is now picketing the restaurant and will continue to do so until there's a resolution in the case.

Something about this story seems very, very familiar.

Waaaaay back in Season 4 of The Simpsons's in an episode titled New Kid On The Block, Marge and Homer visit Capt. McAlister's All You Can Eat Seafood Restaurant. Homer proceeds to take an entire steam tray from the buffet line and carry it back to his table.

Homer continues to gorge himself, prompting Capt. McAlister to say, "Tis no Man. 'Tis a remorseless eating machine."

Long after closing time, the wait staff drags Homer, still trying to eat, from the premises. Outraged that he didn't get "all he could eat," the next day he visits attorney Lionel Hutz. After hearing Homer's story, Hutz says, "Mr. Simpson, this is the most blatant case of fraudulent advertising since my suit against the film The Never-Ending Story" and advises him to sue.

In court, Hutz places Homer's wife Marge on the stand. She says that after they were ejected from the restaurant, they drove around until 3 A.M. looking for another All You Can Eat restaurant. When they couldn't find one, Homer then went fishing. Hutz rests his case by saying, "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, does this sound like a man who had 'all he could eat?"

Eventually Capt. McAlister offers Homer a settlement, which he accepts. At the end of the episode, we see Homer gorging himself in the window of McAlister's restaurant, with a sign above him that reads, "Bottomless Pete: Nature's Cruelest Mistake." McAlister has placed Homer in the window to attract curious customers, saying, "Come for the freak, stay for the food."

The real life story is practically a scene by scene recreation of the TV show!

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