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    Man Sues T.G.I. Fridays Over Allergic Reaction to Non-Gluten-Free Hamburger Bun

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      A Virginia man is suing T.G.I. Fridays after suffering a life-threatening allergic reaction from a hamburger bun he thought was gluten-free.


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    Celiac.com 09/05/2019 - A Virginia man is suing T.G.I. Fridays after suffering a life-threatening allergic reaction from a hamburger bun he thought was gluten-free. In May 2018, Randall Collier visited the T.G.I. Fridays in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for dinner, and told the waitstaff several times he had a “life-threatening gluten allergy."

    Collier then ordered a gluten-free hamburger from the gluten-free menu, and when the hamburger was served, he inquired again about the bun being gluten-free, according to the suit. The waitstaff assured Collier that the bun was gluten-free, the suit states.

    After just a single bite of the bun, Collier “immediately went into anaphylactic shock, resulting in injuries, medical treatment and damages,” according to the lawsuit Collier filed in Horry County, SC, against T.G.I. Fridays and Atlantic Coast Dining, Inc.

    According to the suit, the restaurant's kitchen manager claims the waitstaff failed to request a gluten-free hamburger bun for Collier's order.

    The lawsuit accuses T.G.I. Fridays of negligence, creating a dangerous condition for Collier, and misrepresenting the food they served him.

    A statement by T.G.I. Fridays reads: “This is a franchise location and we cannot speak on their behalf.”


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    On 9/10/2019 at 2:36 PM, Auldtwa said:

    For those of us with the extreme vomiting reaction to gluten, I think that it is the vomiting, not the gluten itself, that causes the scary stuff—precipitous drop in blood pressure and in blood sugar if you are diabetic, leading to passing out. Absent the vomiting the other stuff would not likely happen.  So my doctor has prescribed for me strong anti nausea suppositories (pills would just urp up.). So far haven’t had to use them, but they do assuage the fear of eating out.  The guy in the suit is claiming anaphylactic shock, which sounds like an allergy, not a celiac reaction.

    For me it's not JUST the vomiting, but the severe stomach spasms and cramping, severe diarrhea and dehydration and pain. Everyone is different and has different severity of allergic reactions, but I also have never heard of anaphylactic shock with a celiac reaction.

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    26 minutes ago, marlene333 said:

    For me it's not JUST the vomiting, but the severe stomach spasms and cramping, severe diarrhea and dehydration and pain. Everyone is different and has different severity of allergic reactions, but I also have never heard of anaphylactic shock with a celiac reaction.

    Interesting.  For me the ABSENCE of diarrhea and cramps is one way I tell a gluten experience from a normal virus/food poisoning episode. Just incredible nausea and vomiting from gluten  But I never had “gut” symptoms pre diagnosis. Just super severe anemia. The vomiting reaction is POST gluten free diet.

      Dehydration, yes—that will send your system spiraling 

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