Lawyer Threatens Lawsuit Over Missing Cup of Soup

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The customer says he was owed a cup of soup and legal fees
Cup of soup

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A lawyer is threatening to sue a restaurant if it does not pay him $2.25 in damages and $250 in legal fees for not giving him a cup of soup with his meal.

It’s always annoying when a restaurant runs out of something one planned on eating, but most of us just pout for a bit and move on with our lives. This week in Texas, however, an attorney reportedly threatened to sue a restaurant because he didn’t get a cup of soup with his meal.

According to 13 News Now, the Our Place restaurant in Mansfield, Texas, offers a Saturday special that includes a main dish, two sides, and a cup of soup while supplies last. Last weekend one customer ordered the special, but the restaurant was already out of soup. The customer was not pleased. The restaurant was surprised to learn just how upset the customer was, however, when they received a letter from an attorney named Dwain Downing, who threatened to sue the restaurant if it did not paz $2.25 in damages for the missing cup of soup and $250 in legal fees.

It turns out Downing himself was the customer, and he allegedly maintains that the restaurant’s menu constituted a contract, and that if the restaurant ran out of soup it was required to either reduce the cost of the order accordingly or substitute another side for the missing soup. He also reportedlz accused the restaurant of deceptive practices. The restaurant’s menu does specify that the soup is only available “while supplies last.”

The restaurant’s owner said he contacted his own lawyer about the letter, and he’s pretty sure his lawyer thought he was joking.

"I really don't know what to think," the owner said to 13 News Now. "I mean, it's a cup of soup."

The restaurateur reportedly says he’s planning on letting the issue go to court if Downing is really ready to go through with it. 

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