March 5, 2015 11:30 am -

[su_right_ad]If you’re going to bow your head in prayer over a sizzling platter, it’s not the restaurant’s fault if you sustain burns.

In March 2010, Hiram Jimenez visited the restaurant in Burlington County with his brother, Rafael, and ordered a steak fajita, which was brought to him in a sizzling skillet, according to court records. The waitress allegedly did not warn him the dish was hot.

After receiving the food, Jimenez and his brother decided to pray, and Jimenez bowed his head close to the table. As he was praying, he claimed he heard a loud sizzling noise followed by a grease pop, and felt a burning sensation in his left eye and on his face.

Jimenez said he panicked and knocked the plate of food on his lap, causing more burns. None of the burns left any scarring, records show. He sued in state Superior Court, claiming he suffered serious injury after the restaurant negligently gave him hot food.

The lower court dismissed the case, finding that the danger posed by the sizzling fajita plate was “open and obvious” and that Jimenez chose to put his face close to it. Jimenez appealed, and an appeals panel agreed with the lower court’s findings.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

25 responses to NJ Man Can’t Sue Applebee’s For Getting Facial Burns While Praying Over Sizzling Fajitas

  1. Dwendt44 March 5th, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Good. How do you knock a plate of food on the table on your lap ‘unintentionally’? I can’t draw that picture in my mind.

    • Larry Schmitt March 5th, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Very acrobatic prayers. Say GRACE!!!

      • rg9rts March 6th, 2015 at 4:28 am

        Went to school with her

    • bluejayray March 5th, 2015 at 11:57 am

      I know that I sure never intend it to happen…

  2. Larry Schmitt March 5th, 2015 at 11:51 am

    He should have prayed to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and all he would have gotten is sauce on his chin.

  3. bluejayray March 5th, 2015 at 11:56 am

    But but but religious freedom!
    Seriously, this will keep me chuckling all day. Didn’t their sky daddy give them any brains?

    • tracey marie March 5th, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      apparently not.

  4. Chinese Democracy March 5th, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    The ole he decided to stick his face in a plate of sizzling hot Fajitas then sue ploy

  5. Ol Blue March 5th, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Sadly, it appears that no video exists. I would pay a dollar to watch it but all we can do is play it in our heads:
    “Dear Lord….”
    Gets splattered.
    Flips plate
    Louder screams.
    “Jesus @#$%^!”
    Pan to brother laughing uncontrollably.

    • tracey marie March 5th, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      that was great!

  6. Carla Akins March 5th, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    It states it on the menu next to the item, which I thought was ridiculous. I guess not.

    • Chinese Democracy March 5th, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Label: May cause drowsiness

  7. Bunya March 5th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I’m not surprised. Applebee’s is just another organization attacking religious freedoms. It’s quite apparent that the waitress deliberately and willfully served this man a plate of sizzling hot fajitas, knowing full well he was going to stick his face in it. This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values, dammit! And since it’s common knowledge that the faithful pray before dinner, it only stand to reason that hot fajitas be outlawed to avoid all future religion-related disasters!

  8. tracey marie March 5th, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    such stupidity, you should have prayed for brains

  9. jybarz March 5th, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Why would one bow in prayer that low touching the food on the table regardless its hot or cold? Just as well he did not order a big bowl of soup first or he would have drowned… silly, stupid man.

  10. allison1050 March 5th, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I just know he did it on purpose..

  11. StoneyCurtisll March 5th, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Pray the pain and suffering away~!

  12. Warman1138 March 5th, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Cholesterol is harmful, especially hot greasy cholesterol.

  13. Rob Harper March 5th, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Hiram honey, the name and discription of the dish is SIZZLING fajitas…

  14. AmusedAmused March 5th, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    This proves once again that God has a sense of humor.

  15. fahvel March 6th, 2015 at 4:23 am

    when one speaks to the almighty one must be aware that it does not really like you – so a few snap crackle and pops are inevitable –

  16. rg9rts March 6th, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Stupid id as stupid does…Is he going to sue for the damage to his jewels too???