The New York Times reports that a class action lawsuit has been brought by a Chicago-area man against Buffalo Wild Wings, charging that "the restaurant chain is falsely advertising its boneless wing products, which he says are more like chicken nuggets."
The Times writes that "on its website, Buffalo Wild Wings describes its boneless wings as 'juicy all-white chicken' that is lightly breaded. The lawsuit points to two competitors of Buffalo Wild Wings, Domino’s Pizza and Papa Johns, that offer similar products. Those companies, it says, explicitly state their boneless offerings are made from chicken breast meat."
The lawsuit is "seeking a jury trial and damages, injunctive relief, restitution and declaratory relief."
- KC's View:
The suit apparently says that the plaintiff ordered the boneless wings at a Buffalo Wild Wings and was shocked, shocked to find out they weren't actually wings - and so, like every other person, he immediately went out and got a lawyer and filed a lawsuit.
On the one hand, this is profoundly stupid and reflective of a litigious component of American culture that is distasteful.
Now, I also have to admit that I've argued here many times that things ought to be what they are, not something else. So at some level, the suit has a point - though when I've had boneless wings, it never has occurred to me that they were the ingredients for a lawsuit. I hope that whatever court this ends up in, the plaintiffs get a couple of bucks in restitution, and nothing else.
Maybe they just ought to call them "wingless wings."
In the end, this says more about the culture than Buffalo Wild Wings. And what it says about the culture is plucked up.