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Landmark Calif. Burger Joint Forced to Shut Down Over ADA Lawsuit


A decades-old Sacramento, Calif. burger joint is shutting its doors for being out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act because the owner says he can’t afford to bring it up to code.

Ford’s Real Hamburgers has been slinging burgers, fries and shakes for years, but was hit hard in the recession. Now, KTXL-TV is reporting that a local attorney who makes his living filing ADA cases — many on his own behalf — is suing the restaurant — and Ford‘s can’t keep up.

“We scrimped and saved and cut down the staff. I’m down to six employees,” owner Hank Vereschzagin told KTXL.

As the station noted, Ford’s is indeed out of ADA compliance: There isn’t enough room to roll into the bathroom in a wheelchair. But Vereschzagin said he just doesn’t have the money to fix the more than 60-year-old building.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m going to do next,” he said. “I just know I can’t keep this open.”

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I would just go buy a sawsall

and cut the door frame a little wider unless there are load bearing wall issues, it should be a cheap fix, I would not let some turdball lawyer push me around. These lawyers that have nothing better to do, piss me off.

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The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

The ADA is more involved than that

The fixtures must all be handicapped friendly and the room it self must have a 5 foot radius as a clear turning point for a wheel chair bound individual. The door you are speaking of must also have a clear area next to it for the wheel chair occupant to place their knees on to pull open the door.

There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

In the useless dump currently

In the useless dump currently called America, the idiots referring to themselves as Americans think handicapped people are better off with no hamburger joint, than with a hamburger joint a tiny few cannot use as a public lavatory. So tell me again, why should anyone give a toot if Ahmadinejad or someone figures out how to clean this shithole off the face of the planet?

Totally Unconstitutional

Constitution forbids "Ex Post Facto" law.

They cannot require a building built 60 years ago to be compliant with a law that wasn't even on the books when the building was built.

Its just more red tape that they use to sink old well established businesses, who cant compete with the evil franchise chains.


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license to operate

Next year when you apply for a sales tax license, they can make the owner comply with the current codes. While the building is private, the owner is operating under a license. That is a privilege.

Not saying I like it - just the way it is right now.

As you stated

any type of legal activity such as renewal of a license will bring an individual under the constraints of the ADA act. I'm in Pa. and a Federal judge interpreted the act to mean the D.O.T. must upgrade every intersection in the state to ADA compliance if it is planning to merely repave the road way. As an inspector for the DOT I'm making plenty of money but feel the problem of bridges near collapse might trump installing a handicapped ramp which will never be utilized and is out in the middle of no where.

There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

What a shame!

What a shame!

This is a premonition of the consequences of prop. 37

I can already picture hyena lawyers going after small food establishments with frivolous lawsuits about labeling compliance.

But I guess health fascists have a "right" to know the contents of the food served at this burger joint just like the disability fascists have the "right" to use their bathroom.

But hey let's all sing along to Mike Adam's Sesame Street-style propaganda and pretend that giving more power to the state and forced centralization will somehow make things better.


I agree Government control shouldn't be the solution to GMO's

(and yes Mike Adams is making a fool of himself once again) but let's get to the issue:
There are other ways to deal with the GMO problem other than Government control. Like stop buying GMO crap.

I took the time to write a reply to your comment to a previous post trying to explain this: http://www.dailypaul.com/257581/youtube-bans-video-exposing-...

I will copy and paste the text again here:

Here is the page with dozens of studies documenting GMO health risks: www.responsibletechnology.org/health-risks
The proposed solution on this site in not more government, instead educating consumers, and getting us to be proactive in letting food manufacturers know if they will not take GMO's out of their product we will not buy their crap, (the free market approach) and it's working! So much so that Monsanto and the GMO cartel has poured tons of their money (100x what we can afford to counter) into propaganda that GMO's are good for you, just like their other products: DDT, Agent Orange and PCB's, (do you need research on why these are bad too?)
Monsanto and the rest of the GMO cartel is actually trying to get MORE GOVERNMENT control. One way is by trying to make it illegal for products to say that they are not GMO and going after farmers who have their seed contaminated with neighboring GMO crops (claiming they now have a patent on their crops)
So where did you get that "my site", I think you are referring to responsibletechnology.org ? (which I believe is Jeffery Smith's site) proposed that "WE NEED GOVERNMENT TO SAVE US."?
If you prefer to watch a video rather than read please watch: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6262083407501596844

I never claimed GMOs are "good" for you

Just not anymore more dangerous relative to other agriculture techniques. The most dangerous aspect of RoundUp is the surfactant that covers the herbicide glyphosphate. This makes sense as the toxicity of detergants is well established. It is why we use them for cleaning. Monsanto admits this and it isn't controversial. They also sell the herbicide without the surfactant. The herbicide is relatively non toxic to mammals (unless you inject lsrge amountsright into the liver, which researchers tend to do to test the limits.) DDT and agent orange would not have been so harmful had the government not dumped massive quantities on people. The chemicals themselves became demonized instead of the irresponsible authorities.

The biggest misunderstanding I see regarding GMOs has to do with the genetic engineering itself. Much of the fear is superstitious and a reaction against the 'unnatural.' There is nothing inherently wrong with GMO technology or unhealthy. The crops are the same as the wildtype exvept for genetic resistence to glyphosphate. The nutrition and biochemistry is otherwise the same. In fact it is kind of ridiculous to fear GMOs. If anything, it should be fear of herbicides and oesticides. But even then it is a small risk unless exposure is massive (like military planes dumping tons of it on your village.) This of course is much diffetent than using small amiunts on crops.

**Personally I avoid grains in general, GMO or not. I think there is much truth in the benefits of the paleo diet. Too much sugar and calories in general are harmful. But I don't go crazy with it.

Prop 37 is only for

Prop 37 is only for food items sold at retail, not for prepared food served to you at a restaurant. Maybe if you paid more attention to Mike Adams you would actually know that instead of looking like a fool.

What kind of moron are you anyway that thinks asking to be able to know the contents of food you consume is "fascist"? I wish I could downvote your garbage comment 10 times.

yes GMO's are bad, however

Mike Adams like AJ, will often over sensationalize and exagerate to the point that when they cry wolf people stop listening ("Delysid" is one of them). So just be carefull and do a little research of your own before parroting them. I agree with you that GMO's must be stoped. There are plenty of facts of the destructing nature of GMO's They (Monsanto and the other GMO companies) have more money, but we have truth on our side. I would encourage you to check out the responsibletechnology.org site and my other comment on this.

This is a good site for action allerts as well: http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/take-action.html

"Mike Adams said so which makes it true"

Have you ever read anything about proposition 37 that wasn't from Mike Adams?

Have you ever actually thought about the consequences of this bill? Are you so simple-minded that you think the bill is just going to work magically against Monsanto and not affect everything in the entire food network? Do you really believe Mike Adam's propaganda?

But go ahead and keep insulting me with name calling. I don't expect much from any of Mike Adam's robotic minions. You are just proving me right.

*Oh yeah and using government to force your will on society is fascism. You NaturalNewsers are trying to sensationalize the dangers of GMOs and make the issue extremely emotional so that government involvement is justified, but this is progressive propaganda 101.

Progressives are doing with nutrution what they do for every issue.

"But government has to ban [blank] for the children!"
"But the government has to force [blank] for the polar bears!"

Actually I read the whole

Actually I read the whole prop, which you obviously didn't because you think it applies to food served at a restaurant.

And yes I have thought about the consequences. I, and everyone else for that matter, will get to make better informed decisions about the products I buy which will protect my Constitutional right to LIFE, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

How is a consumer supposed to make informed decisions on food items they buy without labeling?

Don't buy it, dude!

If you don't know the ingredients DON'T BUT IT. Government mandates only work in the eyes of delusional liberals who selfishly focus on one aspect of emotional issue and not the big econoilmic and long term consequences. Sheesh.

Abd by the way retail labeling will affect restaurants. Dont be naive the grocery stores arent an isolated system.

Adams and Jones give

Adams and Jones give insightful information but fairly often they misunderstand the concepts centralization and decentralization. I remember several months ago Jones proclaimed health food conscientious people were doing well on the GMO front wherein GMO manufacturers would bound legally to inform customers their food is GMO. Incredible. I couldn't believe Jones thought legalization of the food's GMO-nonGMO status is good and that good can come from it in the long term. It's those comments he and Adams make that cause me to second guess their intentions. I listen to them once in a great while, but when I do and if they continue espousing such philosophy, what they are will be clear: minions of control, of centralized life.

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shut down the original location of the landmark Squeeze Inn in Sacramento, CA too. World famous burgers with a 'cheese skirt.'

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

scumbag attorney's female employees sued their boss, however--

'The women said they would accompany Johnson in his van for "field work" during which he would send them into a business as customers to look for ADA violations.

"He would call such actions a 'visit' to the property even if he never left the van," the lawsuit claims.

The women said they were uncomfortable going into a business under a ruse and felt as though they were committing fraud, but said they were paid a bonus for the field work.'

the women are suing their boss for sexual harassment, not because they feel they did anything wrong along with him and somehow feel obliged by conscience. imagine if the women had been paid an additional 100k as bonus per year, there wouldn't be this lawsuit. just in case you're thinking 'good, he gets what he deserves'--this is why i've been saying principle matters, not all enemy of your enemy is your friend. women have been filing bogus sexual charges for decades and many cherish 'victimhood' for monetary gain. they actually went along with his scam as well at the start, only to complain later when they didn't get their share of the goodies via fair treatment and a better work environment. two rabid dogs biting each other, grab popcorn and watch.

The leading scumbag ADA attorney in Sacramento

recently got served with a lawsuit by 4 former employees


SACRAMENTO, CA - Scott Johnson, the quadriplegic attorney who has sued more than 2,100 businesses for violating his civil rights, finds himself on the receiving end of a lawsuit that sheds harsh light on his legal practice.

Four former legal assistants employed by Johnson, all women, have filed suit in Sacramento County Superior Court claiming sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The women said they were only allowed to work as legal assistants after they spent approximately two weeks in "personal care training" learning to dress and undress their boss.

They claim their duties included placing Johnson in a hot tub and rubbing lotion on his body.

Why not just get rid of the toilet?

If there's no toilet, how can the toilet be out of compliance?

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

Food establishments are

Food establishments are generally required to have restroom facilities.

make them private

that's what my dad did. he still allowed employees to use them but on the down low.

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Excellent idea.

Excellent idea.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

it worked legally

but it was not a restaurant. most restaurants have bathrooms so not sure it totally compares.

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lol. Ingenious. But can that

lol. Ingenious. But can that be done -- oh, how I detest the following word -- legally?

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

If he fixed it, would that

If he fixed it, would that douche lawyer even eat there?

One of the follies of egalitarianism.

Southern Agrarian

Streamlining, not

Streamlining, not egalitarianism, my friend. Streamlining is an effect of the cause centralization. If life was decentralized, likely the burger joint owner could afford to remodel his outfit for disabled patrons, establishing egalitarian potty accessibility.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.