Thursday, March 16, 2006

Three Die in Denny's Shooting; Sue Denny's, Boycott Denny's

From Reuters, a story about Wednesday's mass shooting at a California Denny's:

A man opened fire with a pair of handguns at a central California Denny's restaurant at lunchtime on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding two others before apparently taking his own life, police said.


First of all, I am glad to see that the Reuters headline mentions that three people died in the Denny's shooting, which means that they regarded the gunperson's suicide as being the third victim.

The next step, obviously, is to sue Denny's -- and to sue them hard, because they are incorrigible enemies of society. Specifically,

1. In 1993, six black secret service agents claimed that they waited too long for their food, and that white people were being served before them. To amend for this, Denny's settled a class-action suit for $54 Million in payments to four thousand other bias claims, adopted an affirmative-action program to remove all all racial elements from their business, hired 300 new minority managers, promised to spend $700 Million on African-American suppliers, and increased the use of minority professional firms. (In my opinion, they got off lightly.)

2. In 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice fined Denny's $89,400 (why so little?) and ordered them to retrain their managers after an 18-month investigation revealed that their San Diego restaurants "requested specific documents from newly hired non-citizen employees proving they were eligible to work in the United States."

3. In 1996, the U.S. Department of Justice, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, ordered Dennys's to pay one Andrew Freeman of Lumberton NC $1,000 (an insulting amount) for refusing to seat him and his dog in the restaurant section that he demanded. Denny's was also ordered to post signs in prominent areas of its restaurants that customers with service dogs are welcome in their restaurants, whether or not the owner has proof that the dog is in fact a "service animal".

4. Many other people have sued Denny's on racial grounds (further proving that Denny's is racist); e.g., the Arab-American Discrimination Committee sued them for $28 Million in 2005, and a group of Asian and African-American students sued them in 1997.

5. In 2002, one Russell L. Long sued Denny's for $1 Million because he claimed that there were maggots in his milk .

Had I been the judge in any of these cases, I would have gone a little further and make Denny's serve vegan-only meals. Or, at a minimum, tax 100% of their profits and imprison their executives.

But now, Denny's has gone too far, by enabling the murder of three people. Compensation must be made to the families of the dead, including, of course, the family of the gunperson. May I recommend confiscating the homes of Denny's stockholders? That should cover the financial needs of the victims, with perhaps enough left over for cost-of-living increases for the African-American plaintiffs of prior discrimination cases.

As soon as we bring justice to the victims of Wal-Mart, Denny's will be next. We have not forgotten. Boycott Denny’s.

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