July 25, 2014

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Hold the pickles, hold the insects

Lawsuit: Elyria man says he found larva in BK hamburger

ELYRIA — Frank Sieminski didn’t want pickles on his Whopper when he stopped by the Burger King on West Broad Street in Elyria last October.
He probably didn’t want a dead caddisfly larva, either.
The Elyria man is suing the Burger King and its suppliers for more than $2 million after he said he found the worm-like larva in his burger.
Frank Sieminski stopped eating the Whopper after he bit into it and discovered that there were pickles on the cheeseburger despite his request that they be left off, said his attorney Bradley Somogyi.
“When he was taking his pickle off, he noticed the larva,” Somogyi said.
Somogyi said the last thing his client wanted to do was file the lawsuit, which was done Tuesday in county Common Pleas Court, but he couldn’t get any satisfaction from the companies involved.
“No one wanted to take responsibility,” he said.
Siemenski, who couldn’t be reached for comment, hasn’t been the same since, despite seeking psychiatric help, Somogyi said.
“He’s afraid to go out for fast food and hasn’t got his appetite back 100 percent,” he said.
The larva, which, had it survived, eventually would have turned into hairy winged caddisfly, was tested to determine exactly what kind of insect it was. The bug and the uneaten portion of the burger have been saved for use as evidence in a trial, Somogyi said.
Calls to Midwest R. Corp., which owns the Broad Street Burger King, were not returned Tuesday.
Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.