Man Promised Then Denied Free Food for Life From Burger King Settles Lawsuit for $9,000
The settlement will get him one Whopper meal per week for the next 22 years
An Oregon man has settled his case with Burger King alleging they backed out of their promise to give him free food for life after he was locked in a bathroom at one of their locations.
Curtis Brooner, 50, was awarded $9,026.16 Monday — just enough to purchase one Whopper meal per week for the next 22 years, his attorney Michael Fuller told PEOPLE.
“We’re happy to have helped our client get the benefit of his burger bargain,” he said. “To its credit, Burger King did the right thing after our lawsuit was filed, and we thank it for its cooperation.”
Brooner spent about an hour trapped in the bathroom of the Wood Village, Oregon Burger King on Dec. 15, according to a lawsuit filed Jan. 1 and obtained by local ABC affiliate KATU.
Though employees tried repeatedly to free him — with one even using a fly swatter that allegedly cut Brooner — it ultimately took a locksmith to break him out.
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Brooner reportedly claimed in the suit that the chain offered him free food for life for his troubles — but that the regional manager backed out of the deal just 13 days later.
“My client is still hopeful Burger King will do the right thing and honor its agreement,” Fuller told PEOPLE in a statement after the lawsuit was filed.
Burger King did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.