Target: Roger Eaton, President and Chief Concept Officer of Kentucky Fried Chicken
Goal: Demand that KFC pay Monika Samaan the $8,349,600 ordered by an Australian court for brain-damage incurred after she ate a Chicken Twister
In 2005, then seven-year-old Monika Samaan and her family went out to eat KFC. That day, she ended up consuming a salmonella-tainted KFC chicken twister. Her entire family became sick with salmonella poisoning, and Monika and her brother both had to be hospitalized. Although the rest of her family recovered, Monika fell into a coma for several months. She eventually came out of the coma, but was left brain-damaged after the ordeal and now cannot move without the use of a wheel-chair and is unable to speak.
The initial hearing was held in 2009, during which time staff members from the store testified that food would often go handled without gloves and dropped on the floor. This past April, three years later, the court has ruled in Monika’s favor and declared that KFC must pay 8 million Australian dollars. The family’s resources are limited, and the money would go a great distance for allowing them to care for their now-disabled 14-year-old.
Now, lawyers from KFC have stated that they are appealing the decision and hope to not only receive the 8 million in damages, but also demand that the Samaan family pay the legal costs from the 2009 court hearings — hundreds of thousands of dollars which they do not have. KFC states that there was “failure to consider evidence” and now makes claims denying the facts — all of which lawyers of the Samaan family call “an amorphous restatement” of what was said during the trial. Demand that KFC is not allowed to pull away from this incident, not only without consequences, but without further damaging the Samaan family’s livelihood by taking money from them.
Dear Mr. Eaton,
Seven years ago, Monika Samaan was left permanently unable to speak or move without the use of a wheelchair as a result of contracting salmonella from a KFC product. All members of the family fell sick, but it was Monika who did not recover and was afflicted with disability after falling into a coma. Earlier this year, an Australian court finally attempted to close the case and ordered that KFC pay the Samaan family 8 million Australian dollars. Now, however, KFC is appealing the court order and not only wants to be given the 8 million in damages but is asking the Samaan family to pay the legal costs of the initial hearing.
The Samaan family cannot do this, as they are already in a situation of extremely limited resources. Their ability to adequately care for their now-disabled daughter Monika has already become an issue, and the money that they would have originally been rewarded is a necessary factor in their continued livelihood.
Please, stop KFC from going through with this appeal and see to it that the Samaan family is paid what it is due. A 14-year-old’s future has forever been put on hold, and the family should not be made to suffer beyond their limits by having to now spend even more money on a big company than they could have ever imagined. KFC must be made to compensate the victims of this tragedy in full.
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