- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2003

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) A couple is suing the franchisee of a McDonald's restaurant, saying an improperly prepared bagel damaged the husband's teeth and their marriage.
John and Cecelia O'Hare sued Friday for more than $15,000 in unspecified damages. They say that the McDonald's, owned by Johnstone Foods Inc., was negligent and violated an "implied warranty that the food sold was reasonably fit for human consumption."
They contend in the suit that Mr. O'Hare broke teeth and bridgework on Feb. 1, 2002, when he bit into the bagel. The suit did not detail what was wrong with the bagel.
The suit says the wife "lost the care, comfort, consortium and society of her husband."
The couple's attorney, Tim Warner, did not return telephone messages left at his office.
Tracey Johnstone, owner of Johnstone Foods, said she never before had a bagel complaint and had no idea how it could have been prepared in a way that would damage teeth.
"It's a bagel," she said.

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