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McDonald’s In Suit Over Roach Eggs

February 8, 1998

HOUSTON (AP) _ A man who accused McDonald’s of serving him a roach-egg infested biscuit wasn’t satisfied when the restaurant offered him a $1 refund or another sandwich.

So Hubert Lee put up a sign at his used car dealership that says, ``I got roach eggs at McDonalds at Jensen (Drive)!″

That angered the owner of the McDonald’s, who denied serving contaminated food and filed a $100,000 libel and slander lawsuit against Lee on Friday.

``I have done nothing to provoke Mr. Lee in any way, yet he continues to slander me publicly and has caused serious mental and financial damage to me personally,″ owner Phillip Hagans said in an affidavit.

Lee, in turn, sued Hagans and McDonald’s for unspecified damages, alleging they violated the Deceptive Trade Practices Act by not warning consumers of the hazards of eating there.

``I’m just letting people in my neighborhood know what happened to me,″ Lee said Friday. ``I get fed a roach egg. They offer me a dollar, then turn around and sue me.″

There was no answer at Lee’s home Saturday and a message left for Hagans by The Associated Press was not returned.

Lee alleges he took a bite from a breakfast sandwich he bought Oct. 22 and saw a roach egg fall from his mouth and onto his napkin. He said he vomited.

Hagans said in his lawsuit that health inspectors and the restaurant chain itself found no evidence of roaches.

The fast food outlet has been seeking a court order to have Lee’s sign removed. But a court hearing on the issue was canceled when Lee filed his lawsuit.

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